The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (Audio CD) (Abridged)
The Innocent Man Murder and Injustice in a Small Town - Audio CD - Abridged Author:John Grisham, Dennis Boutsikaris (Narrator) In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory. — Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits drinking, drugs, and women. He beg... more »an to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa.
In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder.
With no physical evidence, the prosecution s case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row.
If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.
Colin F. (GoBlueInGa) reviewed The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
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One of the most frightening books. While the central case is sad, the ancilary injustices cited show how unjust our legal system can when citizens do not get involved and simply take the police at their word.
John Grisham doesn't have his own voice for non-fiction. This was written very much in the style of Capote's "In Cold Blood". Grisham portrays the same sympathy for the characters in the same tone. The jacket of the book claims to infuriate you with the U.S. criminal justice system, but he does little storytelling in the book to prompt any strong emotions. Granted, the facts are well researched, but it wasn't really an impressive work.