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Failure of Justice: A Brutal Murder, An Obsessed Cop, Six Wrongful Convictions Kindle Edition
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There is the story of the murder of 68 year old Helen Wilson on February 5,1985 in the small Nebraska town of Beatrice. The Beatrice PD have a few clues but not many. This was before the technology of DNA profiling. They had a blood type of their suspect. They knew the motive probably was NOT robbery since they found a fair amount of cash still in her apartment.
Then there is a former police officer who wants to be like his tv heroes, Starsky and Hutch. He wants to make a name for himself and he doesn't care who he takes down as long as it's big! He follows a few "leads",( which in my opinion was nothing more than gossip), gets himself hired on as a sheriff's deputy and proceeds to build his case against 6 people that were easy marks to make his name! Of course he talks others in on this. A prosecuting attorney, and others. Without giving away too much of the story, they pretty much brainwashed 5 of the 6 accused into believing that they did do this horrific crime. Those 5 took plea deals for lighter sentences and to avoid the death penalty! The one who went to trial was convicted and sentenced to life without parole. He never once quit fighting to prove his innocence. It took 20 years before all 6, The Beatrice 6, were exonerated. That left the Beatrice PD with the task of starting all over to find the real killer. Justice definitely Failed! Well researched and the chapters were written in a way that made the story flow and was hard to put down!
How can 6 people be wrongly convicted for a murder they did not commit? How can they be put to trial and imprisoned and spend years behind bars while innocent? How can they be released then have to fight for compensation for the time they were wrongfully imprisoned? If you were in their shoes would you "confess" or would you maintain your innocence?
This is a sign of a good book - made me think and question. Amazing listening!
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If you have seen Making a Murderer you will know how deeply police corruption, deception and cover ups can run.
This story spans 25 years. 25 years where the wrong people 6 wrong people were imprisoned for a crime they did not do. 25 years they were in prison and not freed because of police corruption. The real killer is now thankfully behind bars.
There are bits in this true story like all other true crime stories that you question and you think Humm that's fishy. The way this book is written is really well put together and this story will stay with me for a long time to come.
In 1985 a elderly woman was killed in her home. Everyone loved Nebraskan widow Helen Wilson, and everyone was shocked and horrified when she was murdered.
The crime scene was ritualistic but the crime scene evidence turned surprisingly colder . The town was in uproar of having a killer on the loose that the police couldn't track down.
Four years later however a torn piece of money was found at the scene which was apparently the catalyst for the police finding out who had killed Helen Wilson.
6 people were arrested spanning as far as Alabama, Carolina and Colorado. These six had very loose connections to each other to say the least.
The six people who were arrested were all scarred of the over hanging threat of the electric chair that awaited their crime. One man Joseph White had the courage to stand there and proclaim his innocence. But to no avail. The police quoted all six of the murder and sentenced to a lifetime of prison. The town moved on happy in the knowledge that the right people had been arrested for the murder and happy in the knowledge that they were safe again.
25 years later the shocking discovery that the police had arrested the wrong men sent shock waves through the community.
A horrowing true crime story of the corruption in the police departments of America.
Happy reading everyone
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