|The Innocent Man : Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham (2006...|
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|JOHN GRISHAM~The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town~*LARGE PR|
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|In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habitsdrinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa. In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder. With no physical evidence, the prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row. If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you. From the Hardcover edition.|
|Number Of Pages||576 pages|
|Edition Description||Large Type|
|Publisher||Random House Large Print|
|LC Classification Number||KF224.W5535G75 2006a|
|"A gritty, harrowing, true-crime story." Time "A triumph." Seattle Times "Grisham has crafted a legal thriller every bit as suspenseful and fast-paced as his best-selling fiction." Boston Globe From the Paperback edition.|
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This is a very dark and scary book, chronicling the false conviction of an innocent man (well, actually two) sent to death row. I almost set it aside several times, but felt compelled to read it to the end. The Innocent Man should be required reading for every American so that we can stop imprisoning and murdering innocent people. It is good to read a book like this from the perspective of the lawyer Grisham, but in a writing style that makes the legal aspects accessible to all of us. That said, The Innocent Man is not written as well as his novels. But he is the first to admit that, for him, writing novels comes easier to him than nonfiction. He was probably so intent on the research that his writing flagged a bit. Grisham focused on the former baseball player and mentally disabled man who was convicted of murder -- probably because he is a big baseball fan -- but to me it was almost scarier that a schoolteacher, a saner and somewhat more squared-away person was so easily convicted.
John Grisham enters the world of true crime with this book. It is a horrible story about how our judicial system can go very wrong. A young Oklahoma woman is murdered, and the wrong man is arrested, tried, and convicted of the crime. He is sentenced to death, and spends many years in prison before the truth finally emerges that he didn't do it.
The judicial system does finally work as it is through the appeal process that the truth is revealed, but it robs this man of his freedom all those years.
An equally tragic sub plot is the absence of adequate care and oversight for the mentally ill in our country.
I think the idea to come away from this book with is that our system is very flawed, but it is the best in the world. That doesn't mean there isn't room for reform and improvement, however.
Also buy the companion book
Journey Toward Justice By Dennis Fritz Publisher Seven Locks Press 2006 The book Journey Toward Justice by Dennis Fritz is a memoir and John Grisham calls Compelling and Fascinating. Dennis Fritz is the real character in John's Grisham's Book The Innocent Man. The Innocent Man mostly is about his codefendant Ronnie Williamson who was sentenced to death. Dennis Fritz who was sentenced to life behind bars and Ronnie Williamson were exonerated in 1999 after 12 desperate and tortuous years in prison, Ronnie Williamson passed away a few years later.. Thanks to The Innocence Project and Barry Scheck who were helpful in getting DNA testing needed that proved Fritz was innocent after serving 12 years in prison.. Dennis Fritz does not want only to be known as the man who was wrongly imprisoned for a murder with NO evidence against him. There is much more to his story never told before in his book. He says he witnessed miracles and actually heard God's voice telling him "TRUST ME". He solely relied on faith in God to make it through. This Book will make you think, This can happen to anyone of us. A Great book showing what Faith, Love and Hope can do. Miracles.
I am a native Oklahoman going to school at East Central University in Ada, and had heard how this booked was based on that area. I loved reading all of Grisham's other novels, so I decided to give this one a try, as well. Grisham, as always, wrote this beautifully. There are a few parts where I got somewhat bogged down with all the legal jargon, but that happens frequently when I'm reading Grisham's books, so I didn't think anything of it. I liked how everything Grisham wrote in this novel was true -- I later googled all of it and found the exact stories on the internet. The only down-side to this novel is it really makes you think negative things about our legal system, and puts Oklahoma in somewhat of a bad light. But otherwise, it's a good book.
Loved this book and had to read more about story. So I read the book Journey Toward Justice by Dennis Fritz which is his memoir and John Grisham calls Compelling and Fascinating. Dennis Fritz is the real character in John's book who was exonerated along with Ron who passed away. Dennis Fritz does not want only to be known as the man who was wrongly imprisoned. He would like to be remembered as the kind of man who always tried to be fair and extend himself pleasantly to others and As someone who went through hard circumstances but came out OK. I admire his Strength, Courage and Faith. I am also glad he had the fortitude to tell his whole story. Both books are a must read.