The Freach and Keen Murders

The True Story of the Crime That Shocked and Changed a Community Forever
Author: Kathleen P. Munley,Paul R. Mazzoni
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442245808
Category: True Crime
Page: 336
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In November 1973, William J. Wright, a former patient and trustee of the Farview State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, brutally murdered two teenage boys, Edmund Keen and Paul Freach, in Lackawanna County, a region that took great pride in not only its history, but its reputation as a friendly, family-oriented, safe place to live. It was a place where families could leave their doors unlocked, and be confident about allowing their children to play and explore outdoors. Yet all that would change in an instant. The brutal murders of these two boys forever altered the way people thought of this region and the safe neighborhoods they had come to take for granted. Kathleen P. Munley and Paul R. Mazzoni tell a story of unbelief, anger, and fear, but also courage and fortitude. They delve deep into the Commonwealth v. William J. Wright trial, looking inside the investigation, the trial, and how the public was impacted by this unthinkable crime. In captivating detail, the authors weave together the events of this devastating crime and remind us that, even in the pleasant light of day, evil can and does exist, and one must always be on guard.

Trials of Walter Ogrod

The Shocking Murder, So-Called Confessions, and Notorious Snitch That Sent a Man to Death Row
Author: Thomas Lowenstein
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613738048
Category: True Crime
Page: 336
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This engrossing investigation into the tragic 1988 murder of four-year-old Barbara Jean Horn and its aftermath leads readers through the facts of the case in compelling, compassionate, and riveting fashion. Award-winning journalist Thomas Lowenstein makes an evenhanded case for the wrongful conviction of Walter Ogrod, a man with autism spectrum disorder who has been on death row since 1996. Informed by police records, court transcripts, interviews, letters and journals, and more, Lowenstein relates how Ogrod was convicted based solely on a confession he signed after 36 hours without sleep and how his fate was sealed by an infamous jailhouse snitch. Presenting explosive new evidence, Lowenstein exposes a larger pattern of prosecutorial misconduct in Philadelphia.

Ghost of the Innocent Man

A True Story of Trial and Redemption
Author: Benjamin Rachlin
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316311480
Category: True Crime
Page: 400
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One of the Best Books of 2017: National Public Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness "Remarkable . . . Captivating . . . Rachlin is a skilled storyteller." --New York Times Book Review "A gripping legal-thriller mystery . . . Profoundly elevates good-cause advocacy to greater heights--to where innocent lives are saved." --USA Today "A crisply written page turner." --NPR A gripping account of one man's long road to freedom that will forever change how we understand our criminal justice system During the last three decades, more than two thousand American citizens have been wrongfully convicted. Ghost of the Innocent Man brings us one of the most dramatic of those cases and provides the clearest picture yet of the national scourge of wrongful conviction and of the opportunity for meaningful reform. When the final gavel clapped in a rural southern courtroom in the summer of 1988, Willie J. Grimes, a gentle spirit with no record of violence, was shocked and devastated to be convicted of first-degree rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. Here is the story of this everyman and his extraordinary quarter-century-long journey to freedom, told in breathtaking and sympathetic detail, from the botched evidence and suspect testimony that led to his incarceration to the tireless efforts to prove his innocence and the identity of the true perpetrator. These were spearheaded by his relentless champion, Christine Mumma, a cofounder of North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission. That commission--unprecedented at its inception in 2006--remains a model organization unlike any other in the country, and one now responsible for a growing number of exonerations. With meticulous, prismatic research and pulse-quickening prose, Benjamin Rachlin presents one man's tragedy and triumph. The jarring and unsettling truth is that the story of Willie J. Grimes, for all its outrage, dignity, and grace, is not a unique travesty. But through the harrowing and suspenseful account of one life, told from the inside, we experience the full horror of wrongful conviction on a national scale. Ghost of the Innocent Man is both rare and essential, a masterwork of empathy. The book offers a profound reckoning not only with the shortcomings of our criminal justice system but also with its possibilities for redemption.

Murder in the Bayou

Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?
Author: Ethan Brown
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476793263
Category: History
Page: 272
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Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were discovered around the town of Jennings, in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. They had all engaged in sex work as a means of survival, and they came to be called the Jeff Davis 8. The investigations into their deaths, originally searching for a serial killer, raised questions about police misconduct and corruption.

Better Than Fiction

True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers
Author: Alexander McCall Smith,Kurt Andersen,Stefan Merrill Block,Bryce Courtenay,M J Hyland,Peter Matthiessen,Frances Mayes,Joyce Carol Oates,Tea Obreht,DBC Pierre
Publisher: Lonely Planet
ISBN: 1743217153
Category: Travel
Page: 320
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A collection of original travel stories told by some of the world's best novelists, including Isabel Allende, Keri Hulme, Peter Matthiessen, Alexander McCall Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, Tea Obreht and DBC Pierre. Exhilaratingly varied in place, plot, and voice, these tales all share one common characteristic: They manifest a passion for the precious gifts that travel confers, from its unexpected but inevitably enriching lessons about other peoples and places to the truths - sometimes uncomfortable but always enlarging - it reveals about ourselves. '... a brilliant collection of travel stories ... threaded with great warmth, as readers are invited to travel in the company of these famous authors and experience their passions and revelations.' Bookseller+Publisher

Son

A Psychopath and His Victims
Author: Jack Olsen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501119044
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 592
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"For more than two years, a rapist prowled the night streets of the homey, All-American city of Spokane, Washington, terrorizing women, sparking a run on gun stores, and finally causing one newspaper to offer a reward--the calls taken by the distinguished managing editor himself, Gordon Coe. In March 1981, luck and inspired police work at last produced an arrest, and Spokane shuddered. The suspect was clean cut and conservative ... and Gordon Coe's son. For eighteen months, Jack Olsen researched the cases of Fred and Ruth Coe to try to learn not only what happened within that family, but how and why. He interviewed more than 150 people and built up a portrait not only of that extraordinary family, but of the mind of a psychopath. And searching the memories of the women in Fred Coe's life, he unearthed a most horrifying question: What is it like to love and live with a man for years--and then discover he is a psychopathic criminal?"--Provided by publisher.

Accused

My Fight for Truth, Justice & the Strength to Forgive
Author: Tonya Craft,Mark Dagostino
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1941631746
Category: True Crime
Page: 348
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A true story of the criminal justice system and a small-town teacher who prevailed against the most heinous accusations imaginable. Tonya Craft, a Georgia kindergarten teacher and loving mother of two, never expected a knock on her door to change her life forever. But in May 2008, false accusations of child molestation turned her world upside down. The trial that followed dragged her reputation through the mud and lent nationwide notoriety to her name. Tonya’s life spiraled into a witch-trial nightmare in which she was deemed guilty before her innocence could be determined by a jury. Her children were taken away without even a goodbye, and her own daughter was forced to take the stand against her in a courtroom. The situation seemed hopeless, and Tonya was shell-shocked and heartbroken. But that didn’t keep her from finding the strength to fight. Over the course of two terrifying years, Tonya rallied to take charge of her own defense, flying across the country and knocking on doors on a desperate quest for answers, and defying her own lawyers on more than one occasion. Tonya’s goal was not only to avoid conviction; it was to clear her name, and, most of all, regain custody of her children. Accused is about more than Tonya’s shocking trial and fight for justice. It is the story of a mother’s extraordinary love, the faith that sees her through it all, and the forgiveness that sets her free.

Illusion of Justice

Inside Making a Murderer and America's Broken System
Author: Jerome F. Buting
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062569333
Category: True Crime
Page: 352
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Interweaving his account of the Steven Avery trial at the heart of Making a Murderer with other high profile cases from his criminal defense career, attorney Jerome F. Buting explains the flaws in America’s criminal justice system and lays out a provocative, persuasive blue-print for reform. Over his career, Jerome F. Buting has spent hundreds of hours in courtrooms representing defendants in criminal trials. When he agreed to join Dean Strang as co-counsel for the defense in Steven A. Avery vs. State of Wisconsin, he knew a tough fight lay ahead. But, as he reveals in Illusion of Justice, no-one could have predicted just how tough and twisted that fight would be—or that it would become the center of the documentary Making a Murderer, which made Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey household names and thrust Buting into the spotlight. Buting’s powerful, riveting boots-on-the-ground narrative of Avery’s and Dassey’s cases becomes a springboard to examine the shaky integrity of law enforcement and justice in the United States, which Buting has witnessed firsthand for more than 35 years. From his early career as a public defender to his success overturning wrongful convictions working with the Innocence Project, his story provides a compelling expert view into the high-stakes arena of criminal defense law; the difficulties of forensic science; and a horrifying reality of biased interrogations, coerced or false confessions, faulty eyewitness testimony, official misconduct, and more. Combining narrative reportage with critical commentary and personal reflection, Buting explores his professional and personal motivations, career-defining cases—including his shocking fifteen-year-long fight to clear the name of another man wrongly accused and convicted of murder—and what must happen if our broken system is to be saved. Taking a place beside Just Mercy and The New Jim Crow, Illusion of Justice is a tour-de-force from a relentless and eloquent advocate for justice who is determined to fulfill his professional responsibility and, in the face of overwhelming odds, make America’s judicial system work as it is designed to do.

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new imperative for public health
Author: Richard K. Manoff
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
ISBN: 9780275901431
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 293
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Making Jack Falcone

An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family
Author: Joaquin 'Jack' Garcia
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147110852X
Category: True Crime
Page: 272
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At 6'4" and 375 pounds, Jack Garcia looked the part of a mobster, and he played his part so perfectly that his Mafia bosses never suspected he was an undercover agent for the FBI. 'Big Jack Falcone', as he was known inside La Cosa Nostra, learned all the inside dirt about the Gambino organized crime syndicate and its illegal activities - from extortion and loan-sharking to assault and murder. The result was a string of busts and a quarter of a million dollar contract put out on his life. A fascinating inside look at the struggle between law enforcement and organized crime, MAKING JACK FALCONE sheds new light on two organizational cultures that continue to exert an unparalled grip on our imagination.

Right Word Wrong Word

Words and Structures Confused and Misused by Learners of English
Author: L. G. Alexander
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780582218604
Category: English language
Page: 308
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Stirring Times

Or, Records from Jerusalem Consular Chronicles of 1853 to 1856
Author: James Finn
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Eastern question
Page: N.A
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The Strange Case of Dr. Etienne Deschamps

Murder in the New Orleans French Quarter
Author: Christopher G. Pena
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781455621958
Category: Murder
Page: 272
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Believing himself gifted with magnetic and hypnotic powers, Dr. Etienne Deschamps searched for the treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. He needed a young virgin to find itJuliette Deitsh, poor, immigrant, and 12 years old, never stood a chance. Her father freely gave her over to Deschamps in exchange for a promise of shared wealth. Soon after, her nude body was found dead from an overdose of chloroform in bed next to a distraught, and equally nude, Deschamps. Although convicted and condemned, the doctor's sentence created a firestorm of controversy. Was he actually insane? And could an insane man be executed? Author Christopher G. Pe�a provides an insightful look at this groundbreaking case.

Ryukyu Kingdom and Province Before 1945


Author: George H. Kerr
Publisher: National Academies
ISBN: N.A
Category: Ryukyu Islands
Page: 240
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Details the history of the Ryukyu Islands before 1945: Pre-history, the period of the Ryukyu Kingdom, the Satsuma Invasion, the transition from Kingdom to Province, assimilation and WWII.

The Devil at Genesee Junction

The Murders of Kathy Bernhard and George-Ann Formicola, 6/66
Author: Michael Benson, author of The Devil at Genesee Junction
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442252340
Category: True Crime
Page: 364
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The Devil at Genesee Junction recalls the mutilation murders of George-Ann Formiciola and Catherine Ann Bernhard that happened in June 1966 in the backfields of Chili, NY. The author, along with the help of a mother of one of the victims and a private detective, heats up the cold case, and sends the investigation in a startling new direction.

Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer


Author: Phil Chalmers
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1418575658
Category: True Crime
Page: 248
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Phil Chalmers has spent more than a decade visiting high security prisons to interview young offenders, his mission is to attempt to answer the questions we all are asking: Why do the crimes continue to happen? What sends these kids over the edge? Could we have seen these crimes coming and stopped them? How can we keep our own kids safe? In Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer, Phil explores the reasons why teens kill; the warning signs we must be looking for; and offers a game plan to keep our homes, schools, and communities safe. This book may help save your life or the life of a child you love! What the experts say: “Phil Chalmers has interviewed the killers. He has corresponded with them extensively. He has exhaustively researched their crimes. There is no human being alive who knows more about these killers, and as you read this book, you will truly be taken Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer.” Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (retired), murder expert, and author of Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill “This book has incredible knowledge and information that is invaluable to law enforcement, school resource officers, school personnel, and parents. Every single person who is in a school environment needs to read this book, and understand that some of the most horrific crimes that are being performed are being carried out by our children.” Officer Russ Diehl, School Resource / DARE Officer, Brimfield Police Dept, Kent, Ohio “To go into the mind of a killer, you need to go into their hearts, and Phil has done just that. Phil’s book raises your awareness of where we have gone wrong in society and how we can make major changes with simple steps.” Joe Shillaci, Former Miami Homicide investigator and star of the A&E show The First 48