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Beyond Terror: A Battered Wife on Trial for the Alleged Murder of Her Husband

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She would be severely beaten and likely killed if she stayed, but certainly killed if she tried to leave. Was it self-defense, or was it murder? To defend his client, one lawyer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula must find the truth in forensic evidence and through a sensational trial, portray to the jury a drama of the life of Jean and John Davis. Revord's Beyond Terror tell ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 2nd 2010 by Xlibris (first published March 10th 2010)
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Susan Baranoff
A fictionalized account of a real trial from the pen of a local Munising, Michigan lawyer writing under a pseudonym. This book details the 1984 trial of a woman accused of murdering her abusive husband. It is a primer in exactly how a trial works and the kinds of things trial attorneys should do in thinking about and preparing for a case. Should be on the required reading list for every 1st year law student in the country. It should also be the basis of Continuing Legal Education for anyone who ...more
Anna Reid
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My sister in law has been bugging me about reading this book for days. It started out subtly—recommending it by saying how much she loved it. Then it skyrocketed to her buying it for me and made me feel guilty if I don't put my hands on it. Guess what? Best decision made ever. Sure, I have enjoyed lots of books that she has recommended over the years, but this is one of those books that I can't put down the moment I started reading it.

This book is about a young lawyer who used everything he cou
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Nancy Shepherd
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults, people interested in the workings of our judicial system
Recommended to Nancy by: Goodreads
I received my copy of this book free through Goodreads. Written by a trial lawyer and based on an actual trial, this is the story of a battered wife who acted out of absolute terror. The author takes us through the trial, right up to the verdict and its aftermath.
All of that being said, I must take issue with whoever edited this. In a couple of places, the author switched from third person to first, using "I" and "we" when obviously the whole narrative is told in third person. Other errors were
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Raoul Revord
I am the author of this book, written under my pen-name, Ralph Thornton. It is a story of a young lawyer defending his first murder case, that of an abused wife on trial for the alleged murder of her husband.
Louise
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book free through Goodreads.

A real eye opening account of a very destructive marriage, with historical domestic abuse and a terrible outcome.

This book walks you through the work of the attorney and the whole trial and a shocking ending.
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Kristina Lassetter
I wanted to love it more, but when it came to the trial it was from an attorney's perspective as if he is going through the trial, in a very monotonous way. I have more insight now as to the goings on of a trial, but it made for dull reading. ...more
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Very interesting look at what can happen in a abusive marriage where the wife kills the husband. This shows the legal proceedings like you are sitting in the courtroom and ends in tragedy. Received this book from Goodreads First Read.
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