Cover of: The innocent man | John Grisham

The innocent man

murder and injustice in a small town

Mass market domestic ed.

Published by Bantam Dell in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

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 habits—drinking, 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.

About the Edition

Presents the real-life case of Ron Williamson, a mentally ill former baseball player who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for the 1982 murder of a 21-year-old woman in his Oklahoma hometown.

Edition Notes

Genre
Trials, litigation, etc.

Classifications

Library of Congress
KF224.W5535 G75 2007

The Physical Object

Pagination
435 p., [8] p. of plates :
Number of pages
435

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24210732M
Internet Archive
innocentmanmurdegris00gris
ISBN 10
0440243831
ISBN 13
9780440243830
OCLC/WorldCat
181352093
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