After Cage was released, he and Zilinger have become friends. They plan to address the public about their experience.
Cage insisted that he was innocent. In 1996, Zilinger's testimony helped convict Cage. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. After four appeals and 14 years in prison, Cage won his freedom. The DNA in the assailant's saliva did not match Cage's DNA. Cage was exonerated in May 2008.
The conviction prevented Cage from marrying his fiance. Cage missed his sons' graduations. Prison prevented him from caring for his elderly mother. When Loretta heard of Cage's release she was scared. She asked the prosecutors for protection. Then she began to read about others blaming her for the wrongful conviction. Her assault and his release was continuing to bother her. So in November 2009, Zilinger, 31, packed her bags and headed for Los Angeles, California to appear on the "Dr. Phil" show to speak on behalf of rape victims. After explaining the DNA results, Phil McGraw, offered to let her meet Cage. Zilinger talked with her husband who had worked as a police officer in Indiana for almost eight years. Zilinger decided to face Cage.
"Can you help me?" she asked.
"Can we help each other?" Cage responded.