#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence. NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES “Both an American tragedy and [Grisham’s] strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.”—Entertainment Weekly In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron’s home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to death—in a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man’s already broken life, and let a true killer go free. Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, The Innocent Man reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book no American can afford to miss. Praise for The Innocent Man “Grisham has crafted a legal thriller every bit as suspenseful and fast-paced as his bestselling fiction.”—The Boston Globe “A gritty, harrowing true-crime story.”—Time “A triumph.”—The Seattle Times BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham’s The Litigators.
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Over 200 million Americans disbelieve the Warren Commission Report's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone, demented gunman. T. Mack Durham's suspense thriller reveals the identities of those with a motive to kill JFK. Based upon historically factual evidence.
An Innocent Man’s Revenge Sentenced to fifteen years for a crime that he didn’t commit, betrayed and abandoned by everyone he loved, Dwayne Johnson was released seven years later when his innocence was discovered. He was falsely accused by the alleged victims, set up by friends, and maliciously prosecuted by those entrusted to uphold the law. He lost everything. Fueled with hate and fury after losing his son to this injustice, Dwayne seeks revenge on all involved in ruining his life. He embarks on a murderous rampage, forced to kill the wife of one of his unexpectant victims, unaware that she was the daughter of a crooked ex-detective. This is the same detective, Richards, who was forced into early retirement for shooting the man that allegedly killed his wife. Back in active duty, Richards has new plans for himself ... vengeance! He vigorously hunts Dwayne. Even with bodies turning up and linking to each other, Dwayne manages to evade authorities, staying two steps ahead of them at all times. That is until an unexpected, but deeply wanted love, leaves Dwayne confused, lost, and trapped as these two strangers’ worlds are merged into one similar reality! With a trial scene to die for, this book does more than just hold readers. It involves them emotionally, making it impossible to put down.
One of the Best Books of 2017: National Public Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness "Remarkable . . . Captivating . . . Rachlin is a skilled storyteller." --New York Times Book Review "A gripping legal-thriller mystery . . . Profoundly elevates good-cause advocacy to greater heights--to where innocent lives are saved." --USA Today "A crisply written page turner." --NPR A gripping account of one man's long road to freedom that will forever change how we understand our criminal justice system During the last three decades, more than two thousand American citizens have been wrongfully convicted. Ghost of the Innocent Man brings us one of the most dramatic of those cases and provides the clearest picture yet of the national scourge of wrongful conviction and of the opportunity for meaningful reform. When the final gavel clapped in a rural southern courtroom in the summer of 1988, Willie J. Grimes, a gentle spirit with no record of violence, was shocked and devastated to be convicted of first-degree rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. Here is the story of this everyman and his extraordinary quarter-century-long journey to freedom, told in breathtaking and sympathetic detail, from the botched evidence and suspect testimony that led to his incarceration to the tireless efforts to prove his innocence and the identity of the true perpetrator. These were spearheaded by his relentless champion, Christine Mumma, a cofounder of North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission. That commission--unprecedented at its inception in 2006--remains a model organization unlike any other in the country, and one now responsible for a growing number of exonerations. With meticulous, prismatic research and pulse-quickening prose, Benjamin Rachlin presents one man's tragedy and triumph. The jarring and unsettling truth is that the story of Willie J. Grimes, for all its outrage, dignity, and grace, is not a unique travesty. But through the harrowing and suspenseful account of one life, told from the inside, we experience the full horror of wrongful conviction on a national scale. Ghost of the Innocent Man is both rare and essential, a masterwork of empathy. The book offers a profound reckoning not only with the shortcomings of our criminal justice system but also with its possibilities for redemption.
‘Lyle Canvey, metallurgy, Arthur Stranack, mechanics, Rupert Eddis, chemistry, detested one another. This deep dislike was temperamental, admitted by each to be unjustified. They had not even the excuse of jealousy—each was proud of the others’ achievements.’ Three scientists who share a lock-keeper’s house are all suspects in a murder. They work and live together yet they detest one another, but all detest their employer. It proves difficult to ascertain who is telling the truth and who is not. The police hear the same story from each man, but surely only one must be guilty of the murder, one must be aiding and abetting, and one must be innocent.
I honestly thought that I was capable of coping with any kind of stress after having gone through so much pain and sorrow as a child. But when my ex-daughter-in-law and her god-awful mother attacked me with defamation of character, my brain simply snapped. One moment I wanted to commit suicide, and then the next moment, I just wanted revenge. My psychologist had mentioned that the events that had occurred with my ex-daughter-in-law had unlocked the forbidden door to my childhood and had unleashed all of my childhood demons. My psychologist was also the one that suggested that I should start writing about my life. She also said that, by putting my terrifying memories on paper, it would help me put my childhood nightmares to rest.
Todd Bainbridge had his life planned. His future was secured. And in five years he would be a doctor. Bradford’s local doctor; Doctor Chandler promised him a partnership in his practice. When Katie’s body was found on the York moor a week after her disappearance his life fell apart.
Come travel back to a different but vaguely familiar world. Journey to a time when inflation barely existed, gasoline was cheap, cars had big gas-guzzling engines, and people almost never locked their front doors. Written in the first person, An Innocent Man follows the life and time of Edgar Rice Baker from his childhood as he encounters all of the trappings, joys, and nuances of the Baby Boomer years. It was an age of innocence, when kids walked to school, when beer and liquor were the worst things your kids could get in to, and when getting a drivers license and a set of wheels (where the heater worked and the engine ran) were the most important first steps in transitioning to adulthood. If you are over fifty, do you remember the good old days? Those were happy days of wine and roses, when life was simpler, and we all were more innocent. An Innocent Man transports us back to the fifties and sixtiesfor a nostalgic walk down the primrose lane.
This story of two men wrongfully convicted of the rape/murder of a young woman spans the twenty-four years it took for justice to be served.