Once Upon a Timeby Harry N. MacLean
By Harry N. MacLean
In 1989, Eileen Franklin, a young California housewife, claimed to recover a repressed memory of her father killing her playmate 20 earlier. In a landmark trial, the father was charged and convicted of first-degree murder, based solely on his daughter's testimony.
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Once Upon A Time, A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law.
By Harry N. MacLean
In 1989, Eileen Franklin, a young California housewife, claimed to recover a repressed memory of her father killing her playmate 20 earlier. In a landmark trial, the father was charged and convicted of first-degree murder, based solely on his daughter's testimony. This book chronicles the trial, explores the remarkably dysfunctional Franklin family and delves into the credibility of repressed memories as evidence.
This version contains a 2011 Epilogue, which details the reasons for the reversal of George Franklin's conviction and the refusal of the district attorney to retry him for murder.
Once Upon a Time was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The New York Times called it a "deceptively important work. . . a many faceted and important study. MacLean gives an account of the trial which is comprehensive yet suspenseful, enriched by his insights into the tactics and emotions of the opposing lawyers."
Steve Martini, author of Compelling Evidence, wrote: "A tragic but gripping story, and expertly crafted. Mr. MacLean has a positive talent for detail, and an obvious knowledge of the law. I congratulate him on a masterfully told story".
Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, author of Mitigating Circumstances, wrote: "Once Upon A Time is a well-written and meticulous account of a true human drama. . The author's objective viewpoint in presenting these facts makes for a compelling and challenging read. . The uncharted terrain of the human mind and its ability to repress as well as deceive are fascinating food for thought."
Tony Hillerman, author of Talking God and Coyote Waits, declares that "MacLean gives us a fascinating look at a fascinating crime."
Kim Kantrell of True Crime Book Review, wrote: "If there's any true crime writer out there that can give my favorite author the late Jack Olsen a run for his spot on the list, it has to be Harry MacLean. . MacLean has a unique ability to take a high profile case, dig up new and interesting facts, put it together with a detailed and thought-provoking narrative. . It is so well written that not to read it would be to miss a true crime classic.
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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!
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 drama