Convicting Avery

$18.00
The shocking Netflix documentary Making a Murderer left millions of viewers wondering how an apparently innocent man could be wrongfully convicted - not just once, but twice. This book explains, in plain English, the numerous flaws in Wisconsin's criminal justice system that led to the wrongful convictions of Steven Avery and his mentally challenged nephew Brendan Dassey. Equally disturbing, it also reveals that similar flaws exist in other jurisdictions of the country.

The author, himself a criminal defense attorney in Wisconsin, details the egregious procedures that resulted in the Avery and Dassey convictions. Besides the use by law enforcement of suggestive eyewitness-identification methods and interrogation tactics known to produce false confessions, defense lawyers had their hands tied by a truth-suppressing trial rule. Though they had evidence that someone other than Avery murdered Teresa Halbach, Wisconsin courts rarely permit consideration of such evidence. Perhaps most troubling, the burden of proof in this state is actually much lower than the constitutionally-mandated "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard.

The author not only discusses the documentary, but he also quotes from and cites Avery's and Dassey's appellate court decisions, appellate court briefs, numerous trial court documents, other cases, law review articles, and scientific studies.

This unsettling book will give you facts and insights beyond those presented in the documentary and leave you wondering whether the constitutional right to a fair trial is actually guaranteed where you live.

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9781633882553
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2017-04-04
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Don't Tell a Soul

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$7.99
"Phelps is a true-crime veteran." --New York Post

Cherry Walker was a devoted, trusting, uncommonly innocent young woman who loved caring for a neighbor's little boy. But when she was asked to testify in court against his abusive mother, Cherry never got the chance. She couldn't lie if her life depended on it--and it did. Cherry's body was found on the side of a Texas road, after being doused with lighter fluid and set aflame.

Attractive, manipulative, and violent, mother of four Kim Cargill had a wealth of dirty secrets she'd do anything to keep hidden. This in-depth account by bestselling investigative journalist M. William Phelps takes you inside Cargill's shocking trial--and into the mind of one of the most conniving female psychopaths in recent history--and on death row.

"Anything by Phelps is an eye-opening experience." --Suspense Magazine

"Phelps dares to tread where few others will: into the mind of a killer." --TV Rage

"Phelps is the king of true crime." --Lynda Hirsch, Creators Syndicate columnist

"One of our most engaging crime journalists." --Dr. Katherine Ramsland

INCLUDES 16 PAGES OF DRAMATIC PHOTOS

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9780786037261
Publication Date: 
2017-02-28
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Escape from Dannemora

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$19.95
It was one of the biggest crime stories of the decade--two deadly killers, desperate and on the run. After months of planning, Ricky Matt and David Sweat cut, chopped, coerced, and connived their way out of a maximum-security prison in the wilderness of upstate New York and managed to elude police for three weeks, sending the region into lockdown and keeping the entire country on edge. The media called it "a bold escape for the ages," and veteran true-crime writer Michael Benson leads us along the story's every wild path to dig out a tale of adventure, psychology, sex, and brutality. Escape from Dannemora examines the strange case of Joyce Mitchell, the long-time prison employee who had a sexual relationship with at least one of the killers, and who smuggled them tools and aided in the escape, while they cooked up a plan to kill her husband. In the end, Benson looks closely at conditions at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY, a crumbling Gothic pile now under investigation for charges of drug trafficking and brutality.
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9781611689761
Publication Date: 
2017-04-04
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Illusion of Justice

$27.99
Interweaving an insider's account of the true crime saga behind "Making a Murderer" with other controversial cases from his career, Steven Avery's defense attorney reveals the flaws in America's criminal justice system and puts forth a persuasive call for reform.
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9780062569318
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2017-02-28
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Possessed: The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder

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$7.99

A WALKING NIGHTMARE--IN SIZE-NINE STILETTOS . . .

The officer responding to a 911 call at one of Houston's hippest high-rises expected the worst. After all, domestic violence situations can be unpredictable. But nothing could've prepared him for what he found: a beautiful woman drenched in blood . . . an older man lying dead on the floor . . . and a cobalt blue suede stiletto with tufts of white hair stuck to its five-and-a-half-inch heel.

With her stunning looks, magnetic personality, and erratic behavior, Ana Trujillo had a notorious reputation on the downtown Houston scene. She spoke often of occult powers, though few knew how deeply she believed such boasts. Stefan Andersson was a gentle soul, a Swedish transplant with a good career and trusted friends, who was desperate to find someone special. Theirs is a story of obsession, madness, and tragedy. Because once Stefan fell head over heels for Ana, he was under her control--and he didn't have a chance in hell.

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9780062300515
Publication Date: 
2016-09-27
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Shadow on the Mountain

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$7.99

SHADOW ON THE MOUNTAIN IS THE TRUE STORY OF AN ASPEN SOCIALITE, FULL OF LIFE. . .UNTIL SHE WAS FOUND BEATEN TO DEATH IN HER OWN HOME.

Heir to Colorado's Buttermilk Mountain, the world-renowned site of the Winter X Games, Nancy Pfister was Aspen royalty, its ambassador to the world. She lived among the rich and famous--partying with Hunter S. Thompson, dating Jack Nicholson, even having a joint baby shower with Goldie Hawn. Nancy was also a philanthropist, admired for her generosity. But those closest to her, such as her assistant Kathy Carpenter and friends Dr. and Mrs. Styler, allege that Nancy was manipulative, cruel, and petty. Did they make her pay a price?

WHAT HAPPENED TO NANCY PFISTER--AND WHO IS THE GUILTY PARTY IN THIS REAL-LIFE MURDER MYSTERY?

Dr. William Styler and his wife came to Aspen in 2013 to reinvent themselves after a misguided lawsuit left them near poverty. Meeting Nancy Pfister was their answered prayer: She took the Stylers in and allowed them to launch their new spa business. Everything seemed perfect until Pfister made increasingly irrational demands on the Stylers, and threatened to throw them out on the street. When Nancy was found dead, the couple, along with Kathy Carpenter, all became prime suspects. But in this close-knit, wealthy town set on keeping its secrets safe from the public eye, the police struggled to solve the shocking murder on Buttermilk Mountain. . .

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9781250097156
Publication Date: 
2017-01-03
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