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Dead Men Walking: Life on Death Row [Paperback]

Bill Wallace
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1 July 2010
In 1992 Ray Krone, a former sergeant in the US Air Force, was sentenced to death for the murder of Kimberly Ancona, a bar manager found stabbed to death in a restaurant near his home in Arizona. There were countless holes in the prosecution's case and ten years later the victim's clothes were examined using newly-developed DNA testing technology. Krone was completely exonerated and released from jail, but not before he'd spent an entire decade on death row. DEAD MEN WALKING tells the incredible stories of those men and women who have lived their lives behind bars with the constant threat of death by fellow prisoners, or by state execution, hanging over them. What is it like to live out your days inside one of the world's toughest prisons, knowing you'll never again see beyond the exercise yard? Is it really possible to make friends, or form relationships inside? What should you do if, like Ray Krone, you've been sentenced to die for a crime you did not commit?

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Futura (1 July 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0708864023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708864029
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

From Charles Manson to Peter Sutcliffe, from Ruth Ellis to James Hanratty - what it is like to live behind bars with the constant threat of death hanging over them

About the Author

Bill Wallace is a former detective inspector and crime scene investigator from Glasgow, who began a career in true crime journalism after retiring from the force.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do 'what it says on the tin.' 11 Mar 2011
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The product decription poses several questions, which led me to believe they would be answered in the book. "What is it like to wait on Death row for years, can you build relationships in that harsh environment?" Apart from the introduction,which posed more questions,the book failed to answer any of these questions,or even attempt to address these issues.
Instead we are given the 'cold' facts that have been recounted in numerous books(he must have read'Serial Killers'by William Murray) not always accurately;in the Timothy McVeigh chapter he at first relates him spending the rest of his days in a Federal Institution and subsequently how he was executed.
Reading the book hoping to gain some insight into the mind of those sentenced to death(specifically the innocent),I was none the wiser after I had read it. I felt that a precis of each case leading up to their death sentence would have been sufficient, and more research done into the suffering(or otherwise) and conditions of death row inmates that the title and pre-amble suggested.
All in all,it did not do what it said on the tin.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Men Walking 2 Sep 2011
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I read the one other review for this book and was hesitant to buy it but looking at the price i thought i would give it a go and im glad i did. Ive read hundreds of books on true crime and this was one of the best books ive read. It went into depth about what each person did to their victims (not for the faint hearted) and explained every detail about the murders and the killers background and how they grew up. I also liked how the book was laid out into sections. I am away to purchase another of Bill Wallaces books 'on the rampage' and hopefully will be as happy with that book as i was with this one. Worth a read for true crime fanatics!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate precis on the back of this book.... 11 July 2010
By Eckybun
This is not a bad book. It just doesn't deliver what it promises. There is nothing in this book about what it is like for people living on death row. There are no interviews with condemned men and women and no descriptions of what death row is like. I had expected a series of interviews with inmates and exonorees describing what day to day life is like on death row. What we have instead is an interesting collection of stories about famous killers, anarchists and traitors which is divided up into four sections. There is a section about people who are serving life without the possibility of parole, the second section covers notable executions, the third tells of notable killers who are currently on death row and the final section looks at women on death row. There are some inaccuracies within the book - John Wayne Gacy and Aileen Wuornos were not executed in the electric chair for example. I will, however, say that I enjoyed reading the book as it contained some interesting accounts of famous cases such as Sacco and Vanzetti, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and William Kemmler. I would recommend this book to people who do not have an in depth knowledge of famous capital cases and who wish to read about some of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Life on Death Row ..... Hmmmmmmm.
Here in the Uk we don't have capital punishment yet on the cover is serial killer Dennis Nielsen! Im very surprised that the people who bought this book never clicked straight away that it was going to be rubbish!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 16 May 2012
By Janine
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This was a book I just couldn't put down. It was such an interesting read. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must read 13 May 2014
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A must read for any true crime fans shows the true side of the American justice system and some of the flaws with it
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3.0 out of 5 stars on the whole, well written. 5 Mar 2014
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I found quotations from letters very irritating in their presentation and there are some editing errors. An interesting account overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Dead Men Walking 27 Feb 2014
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I really enjoyed this book as I like reading about true crime. It's interesting to read how people of all walks of life turn to all types of crime for various reasons, whether it be for money, status or for no reason at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good for the price
it's ok but doesn't go into too much detail about the individuals, just gives the basics
Published 1 month ago by S L R Ward
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
Not the most riveting book I have read, but it is certainly worth reading. some horrific tales which keep you at it!!!
Published 2 months ago by Marie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought
Interesting book but not what I expected. Thought it would be about peiople on Death Row still living abut it was about various convicted prisoners and how they died.
Published 7 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book
i read this book in 3 weeks. it the best book about serial killers i have ever read and engrossing.
Published 8 months ago by scotselvis
1.0 out of 5 stars Using Wikipedia you could write a better book
I can hardly put into words what Cr@p this book is.If you took a random selection of Murderers
(all the British ones and a lot of the American ones are not and never will be... Read more
Published 12 months ago by staffie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A very good in depth understanding of the criminals that have been on death row and that still are, a very interesting read.
Published 14 months ago by gemma
5.0 out of 5 stars book
very interesting book. it was nice to be able to get a real book rather than all these ebooks that can only be read on an e reader
Published 17 months ago by mrs i knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I purchased this book after watching a documentary with Trevor McDonald on death row.

A very interesting read about criminals, not guilty and guilty.
Published 19 months ago by Stacey Lucas
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I enjoyed reading this book it tells u about the different killers u read about it its good :) :)
Published 19 months ago by Charlotte Lyons
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Boring book covers a lot of ground that has already been raked over by true crime books in the past
Published 19 months ago by Kerie Bania
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