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Once Upon A Time, A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law

Once Upon A Time, A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law [Kindle Edition]

Harry N. MacLean , Gregg Olsen , M. William Phelps
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Once Upon A Time, A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law.

By Harry N. MacLean

In 1989, Eileen Franklin, a young California housewife, claimed to recover a repressed memory of her father killing her playmate 20 earlier. In a landmark trial, the father was charged and convicted of first-degree murder, based solely on his daughter’s testimony. This book chronicles the trial, explores the remarkably dysfunctional Franklin family and delves into the credibility of repressed memories as evidence.

This version contains a 2011 Epilogue, which details the reasons for the reversal of George Franklin’s conviction and the refusal of the district attorney to retry him for murder.

Once Upon a Time was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The New York Times called it a “deceptively important work. . . a many faceted and important study. MacLean gives an account of the trial which is comprehensive yet suspenseful, enriched by his insights into the tactics and emotions of the opposing lawyers.”

Steve Martini, author of Compelling Evidence, wrote: “A tragic but gripping story, and expertly crafted. Mr. MacLean has a positive talent for detail, and an obvious knowledge of the law. I congratulate him on a masterfully told story”.

Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, author of Mitigating Circumstances, wrote: “Once Upon A Time is a well-written and meticulous account of a true human drama. . The author’s objective viewpoint in presenting these facts makes for a compelling and challenging read. . The uncharted terrain of the human mind and its ability to repress as well as deceive are fascinating food for thought.”

Tony Hillerman, author of Talking God and Coyote Waits, declares that “MacLean gives us a fascinating look at a fascinating crime.”

Kim Kantrell of True Crime Book Review, wrote: “If there’s any true crime writer out there that can give my favorite author the late Jack Olsen a run for his spot on the list, it has to be Harry MacLean. . MacLean has a unique ability to take a high profile case, dig up new and interesting facts, put it together with a detailed and thought-provoking narrative. . It is so well written that not to read it would be to miss a true crime classic.


Recounts George Franklin's 1990 trial in a California courtroom for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, after his daughter testified she had witnessed the crime but had repressed the memory for twenty years. Reprint.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1924 KB
  • Print Length: 485 pages
  • Publisher: Crime Rant Classics (3 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005A8WR12
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and unsettling. 20 Oct 1999
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Rare amongst "true crime" books, I found this tale to be riveting and very unsettling. In its portrayal of Eileen Franklin, the doubt of her father's guilt is vividly portrayed. Alright, her father was a dreadful creature. But a killer? Who really knows, but the author succeeds vividly in demonstrating the pros and cons. Although found guilty, one cannot feel that perhaps this was unfair. Good work, Mr McLean!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Long Read. 28 Jan 2014
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This was a well written book, but very long winded.
It was interesting to read about repressed memory syndrome .
The story need a better conclusion though, as no real 'tying up of loose ends'.
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By Susan
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I love downloading books and intermingle them with actual books so delayed starting this one but enjoying it so far
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1.0 out of 5 stars KINDLE edition criticism only 21 Jan 2013
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I already own this book and got this Kindle edition for the Epilogue. I regretted it as it's tiny and contains nothing which isn't readily available elsewhere. A great pity as the book itself is excellent and the afterlife of the Franklin case in the past 20 years quite as fascinating as what's in the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars becomes tiring 10 Sep 2012
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This book takes a while to get going then gets more interesting about a fifth of the way through. It gives a lot of background information about the case and the Franklin's family life.
By the time we reach George Franklin's trial, it becomes very repetitive, going over and over the same details. I understand that this is what is done in court when someone is on trial but it is very boring to read and I ended up desperate for this book to end.
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