“Loved the first half of this book, then it lost me. ”Savannah Hendricks wrote this review 11 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Not like I needed another book to make me disgusted with our system and abuse of power by those with even a modicum of it (see also: The Shock Doctrine). A mentally ill man was wrongfully accused, tried, convicted and given the death penalty on fabricated evidence, and very little of it. In this book alone there were at least 5 innocent men wrongly imprisoned. "Twelve years of their lives had been stolen by malfeasance, human error and arrogance." Reminds me of the Amanda Knox situation. Making the crime fit the evidence instead of using the evidence to solve the crime. And they weren't even very creative about it.
"Wrongful convictions occur every month in every state in this country, and the reasons are all varied and and all the same - bad police work, junk science, faulty eyewitness identifications, bad defense lawyers, lazy prosecutors, arrogant prosecutors."
YEARS of these people's lives were stolen from them. Can you imagine being in prison for 12 years for something you didn't do? On DEATH row no less. People clamor about constitutional rights every single day, but you don't hear them clamoring about freeing innocent non-criminals from prison. Fortunately, there are organizations like The Innocence Project.
This was Grisham, so I'm sure this was a pretty sanitized story. I can't imagine what other horror stories there are out there.
We really need to be better people.
“Ronald Keith Williamson appears to have it all, good early education, prospective baseball career and a chance at the professional level. A sporting injury changed this.
This is a true story, one horrific murder and one disappearance in the small town changed the lives of several of the town's inhabitants.
There is inadequate investigation in the two incidents, ignoring of evidence and gross miscarriage of injustice.
The author presents a very interesting story which is both appealing and appauling in the level of corruption at the various levels.”
“It was sad!”Deloris Mercer wrote this review Monday, October 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Shocking non-fictional account of an Oklahoma murder case. Compelling case to question the death penalty.”Marathon Man wrote this review Wednesday, September 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Respect for law enforcement goes down if you read this true story of murder in a small town.”Eugen Domke wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When we started this book we did not know that it was nonfiction. The incredible negligence, etc. of the prosecution and the judge were shocking. I enjoyed the story, although now knowing that it is the account of what really happened makes me feel terrible for the defendants. A little long-winded in the writing, this was overall a great read.”Antonia M wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was my first John Grisham book and I had to pick a true crime story!
Though I'm not typically a big fan of true crime since the courtroom drama and other legal proceedings tend to severely bog the story down, I was okay with this one. It was incredible how the Carter case was (mis)handled.
I was bored with the baseball statistics and other goings-on early in the book but that's only because I am not a sports fan. Those who are will find that part more enjoyable.
I'm a firm believer that those who are accused of a crime whether guilty or not, are always believed by others to be guilty even after proven innocent. Isn't that human nature though? It's not so shocking either that the church acts the way they do. ”
“The only fiction that I read is by John Grisham, I have been a fan for some time now. I, however, think that he did not do justice to this book. The plot was weak and didn't really connect with this work. I will, however, continue to read John Grisham as he writes very well.”Asaf Maruf wrote this review Sunday, September 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very detailed look at some seemingly sloppy small town prosecutions, very well researched and told. I find it hard, though, to believe this is all there is to the story, since it seems so unbelievable that so many would go along with prosecuting and convicting on such slim evidence. Also an excellent look at the prison system - very difficult issues with incarceration and mental disease.
Another example why, after being both a prosecutor and judge, I no longer have much of an appetite for the practice of criminal law...”