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Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted

Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted


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Recalling the great muckrakers of the past, an outraged team of America’s best-selling writers unite to confront the disasters of wrongful convictions.

Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.

Now, in this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers—including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan—while another exoneree’s case is explored in a previously unpublished essay by legendary playwright Arthur Miller. An astonishing and unique collaboration, these testimonies bear witness to the incredible stories of innocent men and women who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into the maw of a vast and deeply flawed American criminal justice system before eventually, and miraculously, being exonerated.

Introduced by best-selling authors Scott Turow and Barry Scheck, these master storytellers capture the tragedy of wrongful convictions as never before and challenge readers to confront the limitations and harsh realities of the American criminal justice system. Lee Child tells of Kirk Bloodsworth, who obsessively read about the burgeoning field of DNA testing, cautiously hoping that it held the key to his acquittal—until he eventually became the first person to be exonerated from death row based on DNA evidence. Judge John Sheldon and author Gayle Lynds team up to share Audrey Edmunds’s experience raising her children long distance from her prison cell. And exoneree Gloria Killian recounts to S. J. Rozan her journey from that fateful "knock on the door" and the initial shock of accusation to the scars she carries today.

Together, the powerful stories collected within the Anatomy of Innocence detail every aspect of the experience of wrongful conviction, as well as the remarkable depths of endurance sustained by each exoneree who never lost hope.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631490880
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laura Caldwell is the award-winning founder/director of Life After Innocence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the author of fourteen novels, including the Izzy McNeil series, as well as Long Way Home. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Leslie S. Klinger is the multi-award-winning author of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, New Annotated Dracula, New Annotated Frankenstein, and The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft, Volumes I and II. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents


The Ultimate Horror Scott Turow ix

The Unreal Dream Barry Scheck xv

Foreword Laura Caldwell Leslie S. Klinger xxiii

1 The Knock on the Door: The Arrest Gloria Killian (California exoneree), as told to S.J. Rozan 1

2 The Trip to Doty Road: The Interrogation David Bates (Illinois exoneree), as told to Sara Paretsky 15

3 The Evidence Closes In: The Trial Ray Towler (Ohio exoneree), as told to Laurie R. King 29

4 Just One: The Verdict Michael Evans (Illinois exoneree), as told to Brad Parks 49

5 Descent: Entering Prison Ken Wyniemko (Michigan exoneree), as told to Michael Harvey 71

6 The Fortune Cookie: The Lessons Learned Kirk Bloodsworth (Maryland exoneree), as told to Lee Child 83

7 A Study in Sisyphus: Serving Time Audrey Edmunds (Wisconsin exoneree), as told to Judge John Sheldon and Gayle Lynds 103

8 The Wrong Man: The Cruelties of Fate Alton Logan (Illinois exoneree), as told to Jan Burke 127

9 Luck and the Death Penalty: Community Involvement An essay about Peter Reilly (Connecticut exoneree) Arthur Miller 147

10 Staying on Track: Surviving Incarceration Ginny Lefever (Ohio exoneree), as told to Sarah Weinman 155

11 The Bloody Yellow Shirt: Obtaining Help William Dillon (Florida exoneree), as told to Phillip M. Margolin 171

12 The Long Wait: Legal Appeals Jeff Deskovic (New York exoneree), as told to Gary Phillips 183

13 The Last Bad Morning: Exoneration Antione Day (Illinois exoneree), as told to Jamie Freveletti 197

14 Moving Forward: Postrelease Jerry Miller (Illinois exoneree), as told to John Mankiewicz 211

15 Every Day is a New Beginning: Life After Innocence Juan Rivera (Illinois exoneree), as told to Laura Caldwell 233

The Innocence Network 239

Acknowledgments 241

Bibliography 243

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