Saturday, February 20, 2016

Reblogged: Books to Read After Watching MAKING A MURDERER on Netflix!

If you're like me and intrigued by true crime, and the Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer, then you may be looking for more books about similar topics.  Check out these titles recommended by Book Riot's Liberty Hardy!

Michael Morton's GETTING LIFE: An Innocent Man's 25-Year From Prison to Peace: A Memoir
Morton was wrongly imprisoned for nearly twenty-five years for the murder of his wife, until he was exonerated by DNA evidence. This book was written based on journals he kept during his years in jail, and court transcripts of his trial.

Deborah Halber's THE SKELETON CREW: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America's Coldest Cases
In America today, upwards of forty thousand people are dead and unaccounted for. These murder, suicide, and accident victims, separated from their names, are being adopted by the bizarre online world of amateur sleuths. It's DIY CSI. The web sleuths pore over facial reconstructions (a sort of Facebook for the dead) and other online clues as they vie to solve cold cases and tally up personal scorecards of dead bodies. The Skeleton Crew delves into the macabre underside of the Internet, the fleeting nature of identity, and how even the most ordinary citizen with a laptop and a knack for puzzles can reinvent herself as a web sleuth.

As a young lawyer, Stevenson founded an organization dedicated to defending those in need. One of his first cases was a man on death row for a murder he swore he didn’t commit. Just Mercy is a riveting look at that case, and the pursuit of justice.

Robert Harris's AN OFFICER AND A SPY
An award-winning novel based on the true case of Alfred Dreyfus, a French artillery officer sentenced to life imprisonment for treason, despite protests of his innocence. A later investigation into his case revealed that he had been framed, and shed light on the subsequent military cover-up attempting to suppress the truth.

Law professor Benforado argues that the U.S. legal system is broken, and how, due to human psychology, even the most straightforward cases can still result in wrongful convictions and false imprisonments, and how this harms society’s weakest members.

The book weaves together the events, culture, and attitudes of the late 1960s, memorializing the stabbing death of Betsy Aardsma in the stacks of Pattee Library at Penn State University's main campus in State College and her time and place in history.

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