The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery: The True Story of the Dr. John Branion Murder Case

The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery: The True Story of the Dr. John Branion Murder Case

by Barbara D'Amato
     
 

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In 1968, Dr. John Branion was found guilty of murdering his wife in their posh Chicago home. After exhausting his appeals, he evaded authorites by fleeing to Africa. He was finally captured in 1983--but his case was far from over. It would take another seven years for Dr. Branion to prove that he was innoent--and that those who prosecuted him had known it all along.

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In 1968, Dr. John Branion was found guilty of murdering his wife in their posh Chicago home. After exhausting his appeals, he evaded authorites by fleeing to Africa. He was finally captured in 1983--but his case was far from over. It would take another seven years for Dr. Branion to prove that he was innoent--and that those who prosecuted him had known it all along.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mystery novelist D'Amato's outstanding portrayal of the wealthy black Chicago obstetrician John Banion, in her view wrongly convicted in 1967 for the murder of his wife. (Feb.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
On December 2, 1967, John Branion, a noted black physician in Chicago, discovered the body of his wife, Donna. She had been strangled and shot four times. Following an investigation, Branion was tried and convicted of the murder. After exhausting his appeals, he fled to Africa, where he was a fugitive for 12 years before being returned to custody. He served seven years before dying of a brain tumor. D'Amato, a mystery writer, investigated Branion's story and has written a damning indictment of the Chicago criminal justice system. Was Dr. Branion, who had marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and been an outspoken civil rights activist, guilty? Was his prosecution the result of racial tension? What was the motive? If Branion was not guilty, who was? D'Amato investigates these questions in great detail. Her conclusions are startling but not surprising. A little slow-going in places, this book will add to growing suspicions about the process of our police and criminal justice systems. Recommended.-- Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425156247
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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