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Court TV Presents by Harriet Ryan
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it was amazing

A true crime mystery

This incredible book is about the brutal murder of Jamie Pichen, a foreign exchange student in Korea. From the beginning the crime was ineptly investigated. The crime scene was trampled, evidence was thrown together in bags, and witnesses were scattered.

A few suspects were singled out and interrogated for hours at a time, but no leads were developed. Then one suspect was badgered into confessing to the murder, asked the same questions repeatedly until the "correct" answer was given.

I have read several other accounts of false confessions being obtained, such as "Failure of Justice" by John Ferak and "Shattered Lives" by John Philpin. The sad thing is that people, such as the Pichens, continue to believe someone is guilty even after they are declared innocent. In "Failure of Justice" people continued to believe the Beatrice 6 were guilty even after DNA evidence proved someone else had committed the crime.

This is a very interesting look at the way crimes are investigated and prosecuted in other countries. Read the book and decide for yourself whether the person who confessed was guilty.

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Reading Progress

January 31, 2015 – Shelved
January 31, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
August 11, 2016 – Started Reading
August 12, 2016 – Finished Reading

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