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A Wilderness of Error by Errol Morris
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Sep 06, 2012

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I read Fatal Vision years ago. Decades ago. And was fascinated by this case. I'm pretty convinced of McDonald's guilt, so we'll see how I feel when I finish this one.


Look. There's no doubt this case - from the initial investigation through the many trials - was bungled.

I can even say I think he should probably have been acquitted. There is doubt. There were leads not followed up on. There were witnesses not heard from. The scientific evidence was far from conclusive. The doubts are there. BUT! The bungled investigation created the doubt. If it had been dealt with correctly, I feel there would be no doubt - the doubt, to me, was created by the shoddy investigation and is not proof of his innocence, as this book would have you believe.

I still think he did it and this book didn't change my mind on that.

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