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Gone in the Night
The anxiously awaited chronicle of a case that received major national media coverage--in which a father was wrongly accused of murdering his daughter--by David Protess, the award-winning investigative journalist who broke the story. An electrifying true crime story.
Mass Market Paperback, 484 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Dell
(first published April 1st 1993)
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There was a lot done wrong in this case: sloppy police work, possible political gain foot those involved in the case, stories painting a bias against the parents. Now I don't like that these issues exist in some cases of the justice system but they do happen sometimes. I rarely like when only one side is the focus in crime books; having a look at both sides makes me feel like I have a more thorough understanding. In the case of this book I understand why one side was focused on since there was a ...more
Story of an abducted and murdered child. Most of the book is centralized around the trial and covers a seemingly prejudiced judge and an non-cohesive defense team, along with a rather misguided set of jurors. This is a prime example of how good people can make poor judgments when their imaginations are allowed to flourish. This was a conviction based on haste and emotion rather than law.
The miscarriage of justice that's covered in this book is astounding, and in this country, no less. Unfortunately, I'm not surprised. Apparently, a father losing his daughter to a child killer isn't enough torture--the "justice system" has to put him in prison.