By Laura Caldwell
Recalling the nice muckrakers of the prior, an outraged crew of America’s best-selling writers unite to confront the failures of wrongful convictions.
Wrongful convictions, lengthy considered as statistical anomalies in an differently sound justice approach, now look with scary regularity. yet few humans comprehend simply how or why they ensue and, extra very important, the immeasurable outcomes that regularly hang-out the fortunate few who're acquitted, years when they are confirmed innocent.
Now, during this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their tales to a roster of high-profile secret and mystery writers―including Lee baby, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan―while one other exoneree’s case is explored in a formerly unpublished essay by means of mythical playwright Arthur Miller. An brilliant and targeted collaboration, those stories undergo witness to the really good tales of blameless women and men who have been convicted of great crimes and solid into the maw of an unlimited and deeply wrong American legal justice procedure prior to finally, and miraculously, being exonerated.
Introduced by means of best-selling authors Scott Turow and Barry Scheck, those grasp storytellers catch the tragedy of wrongful convictions as by no means earlier than and problem readers to confront the constraints and vicious realities of the yankee felony justice method. Lee baby tells of Kirk Bloodsworth, who obsessively examine the burgeoning box of DNA trying out, carefully hoping that it held the main to his acquittal―until he ultimately turned the 1st individual to be exonerated from dying row in keeping with DNA facts. pass judgement on John Sheldon and writer Gayle Lynds crew as much as percentage Audrey Edmunds’s adventure elevating her young ones lengthy distance from her felony phone. And exoneree Gloria Killian recounts to S. J. Rozan her trip from that fateful "knock at the door" and the preliminary surprise of accusation to the scars she includes today.
Together, the strong tales amassed in the Anatomy of Innocence aspect each element of the adventure of wrongful conviction, in addition to the amazing depths of persistence sustained by means of every one exoneree who by no means misplaced hope.
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They. When we wake, we realize the knock on the door is a symbol, a crystallization of our own dreads and anxieties. We shake it off and go about our business, knowing it’s imaginary, knowing there is no “they,” knowing we have nothing to worry about. When Gloria Killian heard the knock on the door, she was wide awake and it was the middle of the day. Literally, the middle of a gray Sacramento day: The knock came at the noon hour. The tule fog had settled in, that cold mist that blurs outlines and dims distances.
Oh my God,” Gloria said. “Oh my God is right. I know those people,” Virgil said. The police questioned Virgil for information about the break-in, the murder. Gloria imagined they were questioning a good number of people in the Sacramento coin-collecting community. It was a community she didn’t know well; she’d been to Virgil’s shop but she’d never worked there, and she had no interest in coins. One thing she did know, though, was that teddy-bear Virgil couldn’t have had anything to do with this crime.
Some estimates say as many as 5 to 10 percent of the prison population may be wrongly convicted persons, which leads to a potential number of 200,000 people who are innocent and in prison today. Yet very few understand how wrongful convictions happen, why they happen or how some could have endured the experience. Even more importantly, though the statistical dimensions of the problem are significant, the stories told here make clear that the personal costs of wrongful convictions are beyond counting.