Crown Heights (Kindle Single)
The true story behind the major motion picture from Amazon Studios.
Childhood friends from Trinidad, Colin Warner and Carl King grew into men on opposite sides of prison bars after Colin was arrested for murder in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. With no evidence against him, Colin was wrongfully convicted and wrongfully imprisoned for more than two decades. But time and walls co...more
I'm sorry I didn't see your message sooner! I'd be happy to talk to you about your friend's project. If you'd like, you can send me a…moreHi Sharon,
I'm sorry I didn't see your message sooner! I'd be happy to talk to you about your friend's project. If you'd like, you can send me a message through the in-box and we can exchange contact information.
Regardless, I'm truly sorry for what your friend is going through, all that he has had to endure.
Thank you for your question, and for reading Colin and Carl's story. Amazon first bought the rights to the movie, and then asked me (a…moreHi Elizabeth,
Thank you for your question, and for reading Colin and Carl's story. Amazon first bought the rights to the movie, and then asked me (a collaborative writer) to help write their story in book format. The publisher wanted to keep it short, in order to use the book to help launch the Kindle Singles imprint, and hopefully reach the widest audience possible. Colin and Carl, with their important, heart-wrenching example of social injustice and tale of the ultimate friendship, deserve to be heard. So, again, thank you. (less)
Well written true story of innocent eighteen years old boy. Came from Jamaica just two years ago, getting used to living in America, believing that police and courts will prove innocence. He was Rastafarian, his friend since elementary school, fought for him outside for.
This was a compact little story about the lives of two men - from their venture to the United States from Trinidad while in their teens, to finally standing side by side as grown men. The interruption in their lives, detailed in this story, was when Colin was wrongly accused of a murder. He was not only accused, but unjustly convicted.
This was a crime witnessed by a large number of people and police received a confession from the murderer stating that Colin was not involved. But Colin st ...more
Colin Warner was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit in a disgusting miscarriage of justice. But his best friend, Carl King, worked tirelessly for years to prove Colin's innocence, sacrificing his family an ...more
So, I tried it out.
The result was this very short but true story (1-2 hours to read) of two young black boys from the lovely island of Trinidad. They grew up together as best friends and then lost sight of each other for a few years. The parents of both the young men, when ...more
And to think, through all the injustice, Colin nor Carl are bitter, but better because of it! Wow!!!
This was a true story that anyone should read about two friends, one wrongly convicted and the other trying to get him out, as well as to show you corrupt annd injustice our prusoon system is. Even with all of the facts staring them in the face, they still sent an innocent man to jail. The fact that Colin was able to let go and be at peace once he was freed is a testament to how prison changed him and made him a better man.
I'll be honest and say that I only read 2 chapters, but that was all I could take. As an African-American man, I was excited about reading this book, but I found that it was a boring read and a lot of pointing fingers so I couldn't really get into it. I wouldn't recommend it, but to each their own.
This is a compelling story of a travesty of justice, not in the third world, but in the "good old boy police state" of the United States of America! From the incompetency of the police detectives, the rush to judgement of the district attorney's office, the shameful lack of defense by the "public pretenders" who work for the DA's office (not for the accused), the woeful lack of evidence, the lying witnesses, the vindictiveness of the juries, and the lily livered judge who had d ...more
"In 1980, there were 300,000 state prison inmates. In 1990, there were almost 700,000. Federal prisons held just under 200,000 people in 1980, and that number jumped to 400,00 in 1990, according to the department of justice."
While this is just one important story, the injustice of Colin Warner, it is far from the only one and the horribleness continues to thi ...more
Meanwhile on the outside, Colin's best friend, Carl, ...more
I cannot underscore enough the importance of reading this book. It's easy enough for us to live in our own comfortable bubbles, hear stories of injustice, and either shake our heads in disappointment, or look the other way. Collin's story reminds us of why we can't afford to do that. Our legal system is not only imperfect, but sometimes, it's downright broken, and innocent people pay the price.
The gross injustices that this man was faced with are infuriating and mind boggling. That t ...more
NOTE: This is not graphic which someone may wor ...more
I also found it odd that in between chapters they’d throw in random news clips that had nothing to do with his case or story about how some random white person had beat or killed a black person. One news article snippet they included was about four black men who attempted to mug a white man on t ...more
The story of Collin’s arrest is in every newspaper we read and newsroom reports we watch daily and really don’t often pay much attention as to where the story goes after its one moment in the light. Crown Heights provides hope that what happened in the end to Collin with Carl’s help will happen repeatedly over and over again. But clearly we know this is not so at the present time. There are other books like this (most recent in my reading is Just Mercy) that point out with great emph ...more
I was brought to this story by way of a movie on Amazon also titled "Crown Heights". It is the true story of a young man wrongfully accused, convicted and imprisoned for 21 years for a murder he didn't commit. And his friend's unrelenting quest for justice for Colin. The movie was excellent and so was the book. It was heartbreaking, heartwarming, sad, happy & triumphant. But it was also unfortunate because things like this still happen more often than not. Carl was ...more
Amazing how someone can get swept up in circumstances and land in prison for 21 years and not be guilty of anything.
Told with honesty and without vengeance. Still disturbs me that our justice system fails so many. I am glad I read this story and I learn so much. I was so pleased to see that Colin didn't turn into the monster he was accused to be but it was a fine line. He truly was blessed to have a friend who advocated for him for so long and justice was still found ...more
To many people it does seem like it is worth it to them to lock up a few innocent people if it means getting criminals as well, but I can't imagine ever being able to look somebody like Colin in the eye and telling them that.
I enjoyed the conversatio ...more
The only thing I'd say could have been better about this edition would have been the narrator for Colin, who I found to be a bit dry and flat at the start. It did improve though and since I'm not rating it for the performance but the story, it's worth every star for me.
I am speechless to how well this book was written and how it made me feel throughout. Since finishing the book I’ve been recommending it to everyone around me. Sometimes in life you need reminders to remember to LIVE because not everyone has that option (whether the lose of this option was a consequence of their actions or not). This was my reminder to wake up and live for life and not live to pay bills or conform to make others happy.
If you have found one friend who will go to great lengths for you well-being, then you are luckier than the majority of the world's population.
It is terrible the effect a lie can have on someone's life . Even more terrible when it's the life of an 18 year old .
I love that this story was told by those that managed to live through such a terrible time . I love that Colin stayed true to himself and the good that eventually came to him . Most of all , bless Carl for being the most wonderful friend a person could ever have !
I wish it were a longer story. But this is his truth, and ...more
Powerful Emotional Inspirational
The injustice that happens daily all over the world continues.
How do people sleep at night knowing that they have ruined lives by sending innocent people to prison in full knowledge that they are innocent ?
A story of friendship and how you cannot be defeated if you refuse to be defeated.
A brilliant read I couldn't recommend it highly enough