By Barry Siegel
In this notable felony page-turner, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Barry Siegel recounts the dramatic, decades-long saga of invoice Macumber, imprisoned for thirty-eight years for a double murder he denies committing. within the spring of 1962, a college bus filled with scholars stumbled throughout a mysterious crime scene on an remoted stretch of Arizona desolate tract: an deserted vehicle and our bodies. This brutal homicide of a tender couple bewildered the sheriff 's division of Maricopa County for years. regardless of a number of promising leads―including numerous chilling confessions from Ernest Valenzuela, a violent repeat offender―the case went chilly. greater than a decade later, a clerk within the sheriff 's division, Carol Macumber, got here ahead to inform police that her estranged husband had confessed to the murders. notwithstanding the proof linking invoice Macumber to the incident used to be questionable, he was once arrested and charged with the crime. in the course of his trial, the pass judgement on refused to permit the confession of now-deceased Ernest Valenzuela to be admitted as facts partially a result of attorney-client privilege. invoice Macumber used to be chanced on responsible and sentenced to existence in prison.
The case, rife with impressive irregularities, attracted the sustained involvement of the Arizona Justice venture, one of many first and most valuable of the non-profit teams that characterize sufferers of occur injustice around the state. With extra twists and turns than a Hollywood motion picture, Macumber's tale illuminates startling, scary truths approximately our justice process, which saved a in all probability blameless guy locked up for nearly 40 years, and introduces readers to the generations of committed attorneys who by no means stopped engaged on his behalf, attorneys who finally accomplished beautiful effects. With targeted journalistic element, intimate entry and masterly storytelling, Barry Siegel will swap your knowing of yankee jurisprudence, police approach, and what constitutes justice in our state today.
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