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Posted February 2, 2012
As a former trial lawyer and judge I have often observed the difficulties that arise when judges and juries must make difficult factual determinations based solely upon the memory of witnesses. Even short term memories can be shaded by many factors. A witness may not be lying, but believes what he or she is testifying to is the truth, even when based upon a faulty memory. In Once Upon a Time Harry Maclean delves into the even murkier area of repressed and now recovered memories from years long past. This book takes a fascinating look at the role eye witness accounts based upon memory have in our judicial system. This exhaustively researched and well written true crime and courtroom thriller will have you marveling at how dysfunctional one family can be. The book also raises serious questions about how accurate our judicial system is in judging guilt and innocence. Once Upon a Time can be enjoyed on many levels: it is an exploration of sociology and psychology, a gruesome but gripping true crime story and an amazing courtroom dramaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2012
Such a good true crime book. Beautifully researched and written. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys true crime, including historic true crime. This is a complicated, intriguing case, one that delves into the possibility of implanted or false memories and its power to convict in a court of law. Eileen Franklin had a troubled childhood, but did she really see her father murder her best friend? Read ONCE UPON A TIME and weigh the evidence. Very well done!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.