She's So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family

She's So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family

by Donald E. McInnis


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Think this couldn’t happen to your family? Think again.

In the winter of January 1998, the small town of Escondido, California, was horrified when the body of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe was found brutally murdered in her own bedroom. The police used psychological manipulation to force three 14-year-old boys to falsely confess to the murder. She’s So Cold traces the twists and turns of a real-life mystery which eventually changed the lives of fifteen people and cost a district attorney his job.

To protect children and teens from such manipulation in the future, McInnis proposes a new Children’s Miranda Rights Warning and a Bill of Rights for Children who are being questioned as suspects. These proposals must be adopted in order to prevent minors from making false confessions that could destroy their futures.

She’s So Cold is the story of a broken system. A system stacked against families and, most of all, against children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732322240
Publisher: Don McInnis
Publication date: 06/09/2019
Pages: 476
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Donald E. McInnis is a California criminal defense attorney, and he represented one of the three accused boys, Aaron Houser, in the Stephanie Crowe murder case. Over the span of his 40-year legal career, Mr. McInnis has worked alternately for the prosecution and for the defense, having served as a deputy district attorney for two California counties and as a deputy public defender for one California county during his early professional years.

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She's So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ZPollock 5 months ago
“She's So Cold” is a true crime book of the Crowe Murder Case. A murder of a 12 year old girl, killed in her own bedroom in the dead of night, supposedly by her 14 year old brother and two of his friends. The boys confession under police interrogation is now regarded as a classic example of a false confession. What makes this book so intriguing is that the author was the Criminal Defence Attorney for one of the accused boys, which already puts this book on a good grounding for insight, research and access to police files etc. Due to the authors line of work he knows that false confessions are common which is why he has an appendix proposing a new Children's Miranda Rights Warning and Bill of Rights for Children to safe guard them when being questioned as a suspect. The author warns you at the beginning of the book that you will feel as exhausted as the boys, when presented with how they where questioned; and this is a warning to heed. During these periods even I didn't know what I knew. An exceptional gem of a book! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced electronic copy in return for an honest review.