Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption

Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption

by Benjamin Rachlin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316311496
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 581,704
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Rachlin grew up in New Hampshire. He studied English at Bowdoin College, where he won the Sinkinson Prize, and writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he won Schwartz and Brauer fellowships. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the New York Times Magazine, TIME, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. He lives near Boston. Ghost of the Innocent Man is his first book.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue: 1987 3

1 Firm and Unequivocal 7

2 Chris 46

3 Only a Few Additional Weeks 50

4 Lake 52

5 K and O 57

6 Rosen 63

7 Some Ideas of Persecution 67

8 Newman, Coleman, and Weitzel 76

9 The Benefit of Every Reasonable Inference 87

10 A Problem for Everyone 95

11 One of Those Cases 106

12 Nobody Could Be Against This 118

13 In Favorable Times and Difficult Times 130

14 Their Different Individual Viewpoints 143

15 We Must Use Our Judgment 151

16 The Elephant in the Room 167

17 Does Not Admit to Crime 176

18 An Extraordinary Procedure 187

19 A Situation Not of His Making 195

20 We Recommend the Closing of This File 208

21 Some Concerns About His Medical Condition 222

22 Any Cases Where Evidence Had Gone Missing 230

23 In Three Dimensions 231

24 I Can Tell That This Lady Have Went Over My Case 234

25 Everybody Knows He Didn't Do It 238

26 The First Real Test 243

27 They Will Try to Get Me to Sign Papers 252

28 The Last Avenue I Can Think Of to Pursue 257

29 He Spoke About Going Through Changes 262

30 Send Him a Questionnaire 270

31 If They Had Anything, It Can't Match Nothing from Me 272

32 What She Said Happened, Happened 296

33 A Lawyer I've Never Met 304

34 A Type of Panel I've Never Seen 310

35 A Long Time Coming 325

36 Cases of Innocence Still Open 331

Acknowledgments 347

Notes 349

Sources 357

Index 377

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Richard Ford

"Ghost of the Innocent Man is nothing less than a masterpiece of investigative reporting and virtuosic writing. It is a book that brilliantly substantiates society's elemental promise to its citizenry—that we not have our freedoms wrongly taken from us. Benjamin Rachlin's book is Greek drama brought into our own times. It will change readers' lives, I think, and inspire them. It's that good."

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NEA62 More than 1 year ago
Great book, a fascinating story that'll have you rooting both for and against law enforcement: for the ones out for justice and against those who don't even seem to want to do their job. Grimes' story is truly inspirational and Rachlin's writing captures the frustration and the jubilation perfectly.