Reasonable Doubt: A True Story of Lust and Murder in the American Heartland

Reasonable Doubt: A True Story of Lust and Murder in the American Heartland

by Steve Vogel

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Vogel, a radio news director in Bloomington, Ill., covered the case of David Hendricks and here presents the story in a book that is sure to be controversial. Hendricks, a deeply religious man, seemingly a loving husband and father, was accused of the 1983 ax/knife murders of his wife and three children. The police settled on him as the killer before the case was a few hours old, although they had no direct evidence. The lengthy trial emphasized this lack, particularly regarding the time of the crime, when Hendricks may well not have been at home, as he claimed. He was found guilty, however, even though the trial judge noted his reservations about the verdict. Both the appeals court and the Illinois Supreme Court confirmed the conviction and Hendricks is now serving a life sentence. As he suggests with the book's title, Vogel believes that there is a reasonable doubt about Hendricks's guilt, and his forceful argument is convincing. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This murder trial classically illustrates the concept of ``reasonable doubt.'' In 1983, the wife and three children of 29-year-old businessman David Hendricks were found slain in their beds in their Bloomington, Illinois home. Devoutly religious and seemingly devoted to his family, Hendricks was found guilty based on circumstantial evidence, especially the estimated time of death and Hendricks's relationships with several young models. Surprisingly, the judge remarked that while he believed the verdict was probably correct, he was not convinced ``beyond a reasonable doubt.'' While sympathetic to Hendricks, Vogel, a radio news director, presents the case objectively as it unfolded at the trial. Except for some repetition, this approach is riveting. Recommended for true crime collections.-- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis

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