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[PDF] The Innocent Man By John Grisham – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❴Reading❵ ➹ The Innocent Man Author John Grisham – Serv3.3pub.co.uk John Grisham's first work of nonfiction an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry is his most extraordinary legal thriller yetIn the major league draft of 1971 the first player chosen fr John Grisham's first work of nonfiction an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry is his most extraordinary legal thriller yetIn the major league draft of the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson When he signed with the Oakland A's he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory Six years later he was back his dreams broken by a bad arm The Innocent PDF \ and bad habits—drinking drugs and women He began to show signs of mental illness Unable to keep a job he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa In a year old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered and for five years the police could not solve the crime For reasons that were never clear they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz The two were finally arrested in and charged with capital murder With no physical evidence the prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence Ron Williamson was sent to death row If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty this book will shock you If you believe in the death penalty this book will disturb you If you believe the criminal justice system is fair this book will infuriate you.

10 thoughts on “The Innocent Man

  1. John Grisham John Grisham says:

    Nonfiction is hard to write because you have to strive to stick to the facts and facts have a way of changing shape as each new perspective is brought into play

  2. Daniel Perlman Daniel Perlman says:

    I've enjoyed a few Grisham's in my day and of course seen a few of the films But this book is stunning and it's his first non fictionI myself practice criminal law and of course if you asked me I'd say there are bad cops out there and bad prosecutors and bad defense attorneys and bad judges but I would not have imagined the devastating travesty that unfolds on these pagesThis is a story of small town justice going way south It wasn't vigilante but it wasn't far off They used the system over two decades to accomplish what a mob and noose once accomplished overnightThe evil that even prosperous educated people can do to one another is astonishing in this detailed chilling account of a man who's constitutional rights are run roughshod over en route to a death penalty conviction for a murder he did not commit and for which no real evidence existedThis is an informative exciting fast paced real life chiller that everyone should read to understand how something unbelievable can and apparently does happen to anyone

  3. Barbara Barbara says:

    35 stars In this non fiction book John Grisham tells the shocking and disheartening story of two men who were wrongfully convicted of rape and murder in OklahomaAuthor John GrishamRon Williamson born in 1953 grew up in a loving Christian family in Ada Oklahoma He was a star on his high school baseball team and played for several professional minor league teams hoping to make it to the majors Ron Williamson on his high school baseball team Ron Williamson played minor league baseballInjuries and health problems shattered these dreams however and a short unsuccessful marriage added to Ron's woes By his mid 20s Ron was back in Ada carousing drinking heavily philandering and starting to show signs of mental illness At about this time he became friends with Dennis Fritz who became his partying buddy Ron WilliamsonDennis FritzThen in 1982 a young woman named Debbie Carter was brutally raped and murdered in her apartment in Ada Debbie CarterThe police did a less than thorough investigation and in a major instance of bungling gave a pass to Glen Gore who had been harassing Debbie and was known to be violent toward women It turns out the police or less ignored Glen as a suspect because a few cops were doing drug deals with Glen at the time Glen GoreIn any case the investigation dragged on and finally in 1988 Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz were arrested and charged with the rape and murder of Debbie Carter There was no credible physical evidence against the men but prosecutor Bill Peterson lined up and coached a series of mendacious jailhouse snitches which resulted in convictions Mug shot of Ron WilliamsonProsecutor Bill PetersonLaw enforcement individuals manipulated evidence and witnesses to get convictions Dennis was sentenced to life in prison and Ron was given the death penalty Grisham gives a detailed account of the 'investigation' and a play by play description of the trials and it's frightening to see the lengths Peterson and the police would go to to secure 'confessions' and convictions Grisham then details Ron's years on death row as his lawyers file appeal after appeal By this time Ron was severely mentally ill as well as prison facility that was boiling in summer and freezing in winter with nasty guards who delighted in tormenting disturbed RonOklahoma State PenitentiaryDeath RowRon Williamson's mental health deteriorated in prisonRon Williamson aged prematurely in prisonTo cut to the chase twelve years after Ron and Dennis's convictions DNA evidence showed that the imprisoned men were innocent and that Glen Gore was guilty Ron and Dennis were released from prison but DA Peterson in a major demonstration of stubborn hubris refused to apologize In fact he indicated that he still thought of the two men as suspects and might even retry them if he found evidence Of course this preyed on Ron's already troubled mind Nevertheless six years later Gore was finally convicted of Pamela's murder Dennis Fritz was exoneratedRon Williamson was freedGlen Gore was convictedThe book is interesting and informativebut also sad and disheartening I felt angry that the Ada police and DA Peterson were not held to account for their outrageous behavior In fact a google search revealed that Peterson tried to sue Grisham and other people who wrote books about the case claiming they libelled him as if However Peterson was routinely unsuccessful with these lawsuitsOn the negative side the book is overly long and goes into too much detail about every aspect of Ron's life Grisham details all of Ron's childhoodteen sports he played baseball and basketball; his antics to get his parents and sister to pay for nice clothes a car and expensive sports camps; Ron's many unsuccessful experiences with minor league baseball teams; his injuries and rehabilitations; Ron's bar hopping and picking up women; his horrible years on death row; the round of talk shows and celebrations when Ron and Dennis are released from prison; and finally Ron's ongoing physical decline and eventual death in a nursing home It's just a little too muchStill this cautionary tale about justice gone wrong is worth reading and instructiveYou can follow my reviews at

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Innocent Man Murder and Injustice in a Smalltown John GrishamThe Innocent Man Murder and Injustice in a Small Town is a 2006 true crime book by John Grisham The book tells the story of Ronald 'Ron' Keith Williamson of Ada Oklahoma a former minor league baseball player who was wrongly convicted in 1988 of the rape and murder of Debra Sue Carter in Ada and was sentenced to death After serving 11 years on death row he was exonerated by DNA evidence and other material introduced by the Innocence Project and was released in 1999تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه دسامبر سال 2010 میلادیعنوان مرد معصوم نویسنده جان گریشام؛ مترجم فریده مهدوی دامغانی؛ تهران، کتابسرای نیک؛ 1387؛ در 604ص؛ شابک 9789642953113؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20مداستان وکیلی نابینا، موکلی دیوانه، دستگاه قضایی خودستا، پلیس­هایی فاسد، و عدالت، که به مسلخ میرود «ران ویلیامسون» جوانی با آرزوی تبدیل شدن به بزرگترین ورزشکار ایالت «اوکلاهما»، نوجوانی را طی می­کند، در عنفوان جوانی یک بازیکن بیسبال با آینده­ ای روشن می­تواند باشد، ولی مزایای شهرت را وامی­نهد، و به بیراهه رانده می­شود؛ آسیب­های جسمانی، در کنار افراط در نوشیدن مشروبات الکی و مصرف مواد مخدر، زندگی ورزش­ی او را بسیار زود به انتها می­رساند؛ زندگی ­ای که می­توانست سرشار از افتخار باشد، تبدیل به گنجینه ی حسرتها می­شود؛ حسرتهایی که ذهنش را می­خراشند، و او را بیماری روانی می­کننددختر جوانی، به نام «دبرا سو کارتر»، در شهر کوچک «ادا»، در منزل خویش به طرز وحشتیانه ­ای مورد تجاوز قرار گرفته، و کشته می­شود؛ ترس از ناامنی، شهر را فرامی­گیرد، و اهالی در انتظار یافتن قاتل، و مجازات بزهکار هستند؛ اداره ی آگاهی و دادگستری شهر، درمانده و ناتوان، از حل معمای قتل، زیر فشار افکار عمومی، و برای رهایی از مخمصه، به دنبال شخصی می­گردند، که با پرونده­ سازی بتوانند، او را مجرم جلوه دهند، و چه کسی بهتر از جوانی که به سرعت از ورزشکاری موفق، به دائم­ الخمری بی­کار، سقوط کرده، و نیز مشتری همیشگی همان کلوبی بوده، که مقتول نیز در همانجا مشغول به کار بوده استبنا بر همین برهانها، «ران» سرپوش مناسبی، بر بی­کفایتی اداره­ ی آگاهی، و دادگستری، برای آرام کردن افکار عمومی می­شود؛ از لحظه دستگیری، بازجویی از متهم آغاز شده، در دادگاه نیز همین روال ادامه می­یابد؛ اداره ی آگاهی، که آگاه نیست، به یاری دادگستری که دیگر دادگستر نیست، و هیات منصفه نیز، یارای مقاومت در برابر خواسته ی آگاهی و دادگستری را ندارد؛ آنها دلیل ارائه میدهند، تا واقعیت را، آنطور که خود می­خواهند، جلوه دهند؛شهادت جنایتکاران، محکمترین مدرک اثبات گناهکاری «ران» می­شود، کاری از دست وکیل نابینای «ران» برنمی­آید، پس به ناچار، خود بی­گناهیش را فریاد می­ز؛د فریادهایی که از دیوارهای بتونی زندان، راهی به خارج پیدا نمی­کند، و تنها موجب تفریح زندانبانانش، و آزار دیگر منتظران اعدام می­شود؛ چندین سال حبس، در سلول «صف مرگ»، بیماری روانی «ران» ر،ا تشدید می­کند، و چون بیمار روانی را نمی­توان اعدام کرد، پس قانون، ناچار می­شود، اجازه بستری­ شدن وی را در کلینک بیماران روانی، صادر کندمکانی وحشتناک، که تنها از دید شخصی که سال­ها در سلولی تاریک، محبوس و در انتظار مرگ بوده، جایی امن و خوب جلوه میکند؛ شانس و تصادف، اینبار به او روی خوش نشان میدهد، و یکی از برگه­ای درخواست تجدیدنظر در حکم اعدام «ران»، توجه قاضی با تجربه ­ای را جلب می­کند؛ قاضی پس از مطالعه و پژوهش درباره ­ی پرونده، حکم برگزاری دادگاه دیگری را صادر، و می­نویسد «بنابراین خدای متعال به دادمان برسد، اگر در این سرزمین بزرگ و وسیع، تا سرمان را به سوی دیگری بچرخانیم، مردانی که محکوم به مجازات به مرگ شده­ اند، به اتاق مجازات می­روند، در حالیکه حتی از یک محاکمه عادلانه و منصفانه نیز، برخوردار نگردیده ­اند، و این رخداد در همین پرونده بخصوص نیز، نزدیک بود روی دهد»؛دادگاه برگزار می­شود؛ علم ژنتیک، و آزمایش دیانا اجازه­ ی هیچ بی­عدالتی را به کسی نمی­دهند، و «ران» بی­گناه اعلام شده، و پس از دوازده سال آزاد می­شود؛ در حالیکه هیچ­کس از او پوزش نخواسته، و اظهار پشیمانی و ندامت نکرده، زیرا هیچکس آنقدر جوانمرد، و شجاع نبوده، تا اظهار تاسفی صادقانه ابراز دارد؛ هیچ­کس از او خداحافظی نکرد؛ هیچ­کس از او دلجویی نکرد؛ فقط گفتند «گورت را از اینجا گم کن و برو»؛ و سپس گفتند «وقتی رفتی سر و صدای زیادی هم به راه نینداز»؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 20041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  5. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I preface this review by saying that John Grisham is one of my favorite authors of all time Despite that this was possible the worst book I have ever forced myself to finish I finished it only because it was a Grisham novel but it was downright awful It is my understanding that this was Grisham’s first non fiction book It is his research and retelling of a man who is wrongly convicted of murder and put on death row The book reads like a poorly written legal memo with insane amounts of unnecessary detail I was utterly disappointed and would warn anyone who loves Grisham not to read this book because it may ruin your opinion of a great author

  6. W W says:

    This is John Grisham's first work of non fiction It is the story of Ron Williamsona minor league baseball player who had dreams of playing in the major leagueHis life didn't go according to plan Leaving his baseball careerhe came back home to a life of drinkdrugs and womanizingWhen a waitress was murderedhe alongwith another man was arrested He would go on to spend eleven years on death rowbefore being reprievedIt is the story of one man but is also a reminder of how many innocent people pay the penalty for crimes they did not commitGrisham tells the story with empathy and compassion Howeverthere is way too much detail about Williamson's life At times it gets boring As it is a work of non fictionit also made me wonder if Grisham's research is entirely accurate

  7. Natalie Vellacott Natalie Vellacott says:

    I always feel a little guilty when starting a Grisham book as I know I will still be reading ten hours laterbut at least this one is a true story so I feel like I learned somethingThe author is trying to shine a light on potential miscarriages of justice in America specifically the small town of Ada Oklahoma those in prison and on death row who really shouldn't be there They end up there for all manner of reasons; corrupt cops ambitious prosecutors judges who are too focused on retirement or reputation snitches willing to lie on oath or maybe even innocent people just being in the wrong place at the wrong time At least one of the men wrongly convicted believed that his coerced confession wouldn't matter because the police would get to the truth He had placed his faith in the criminal justice system it let him downThe story is sad but believable As always it is a well written account that kept me reading until the last page Being non fiction it is also well researched the author spent a lot of time with many of those involved in these cases and investigated the culture of small town Oklahoma The story focuses on two men convicted of the rape and murder of a 21 year old waitress in 1982 The cases are linked to other possible innocents in jail All of the cases covered are compelling I hope that some progress is being made on those who still languish in prisonI always find Grisham's stance on faith issues a little confusing He often includes strong Gospel statements referring to salvation by faith in Jesus in his books and refers to himself as a Christian However he also states that his faith is a private matter that he keeps to himself How can a real Christian think it is okay to keep their faith to themself especially one with the huge platform that he has?This book has only a little bad language There is some violence and some graphic details of the crime but it is factual rather than sensational There are also some details about the sexual aspects of the crime but again it is factualI enjoy Grisham's books and will no doubt read of them and probably re read those that I have read in the past To find a non fiction book by Grisham was a nice surprise and I'm glad I read it I hope that one day Grisham will take a clearer public stand on faith issues choosing God over popularitysuccess

  8. Bren Bren says:

    This is John Grisham's first Non Ficiion It focuses on a young athlete wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commitIt is a scathing look at our criminal justice system and a story of sadness tragedy and gross incompetence It is also uite long and took me a great deal of time to finish but is very well written I always love Grisham's work and this book although tough to follow at times and very tragic is poignant because of its reality Unlike the characters in Grisam's fiction novels of which there are many this actually happenedA searing and disturbing read

  9. Becky Becky says:

    So I finished this book late last night and since then I've been pondering what I was going to write in this review How did I feel about this book? I still don't know On the one hand I feel like it should get a high rating from me for telling the story of how fucked up Oklahoma's justice system was and how unrepentantly it stole years and lives from innocent men For seemingly no reason I feel like it should get all the stars for bestselling author John Grisham to have gotten that story the kind of attention it deserves and all the light shined on it that can be But at the same time I have read many other bestselling author John Grisham books and this was arguably not one of his best written I have read uite a few other true crime books and this was not one of the best written of those either It jumped around between timelines and people could have used a bit structure as far as the chapters and sections went probably could have used a timeline and a character list to help track the plethora of lawyers inmates police etc all traipsing around the story But my main issue with this is that it read like a highschool report with all of the immature snark one would expect when the irritated teenager didn't really care for the subject they were assigned And granted derision was warranted when it came to the investigation and the prosecutor and the judge who let this travesty of a trial proceed and the judges who upheld it on appeal and all the other people and systems that failed or were trampled on along the way to get a conviction with no evidence at all But the issue that I take with it is that it no longer feels like reporting and journalism it feels like propaganda Look how evil cruel the prosecution was vs this is what happened and this is why that SHOULDN'T have happened and this was how it was wrongI expected better from Grisham He used to be a lawyer and he still IS a writer so he should be an expert at objectively explaining the facts of the case the law and why it matters and in this case how the system failed these men and do so with skill Let the reader handle the anger and derision on behalf of these guys you just present the facts for them Or if you MUST include it put it in your intro or author notes or something Also it annoyed me that this was called The Innocent Man as though only one person had their life ruined There were two innocent men convicted of this murder In addition to that two OTHER presumably innocent men were convicted in Ada on no evidence without even a body of abduction and murder of another woman And several other men were mentioned with similar stories of wrongful conviction but Grisham decided to title this in the singular as though the other men weren't innocent victims of injustice as well All that being said it wasn't a bad book I read it pretty uickly though that was likely because I wanted to know if they were going to be freed and get justice I needed to know what would happen All in all I think this book had serious flaws but it was a story that needed telling and so I'm not sorry it was written This kind of thing happens all the time still though hopefully not UITE so blatantly Prosecutors are supposed to work for the people let's not forget If they are concerned with their conviction rate than their accuracy that's a problem we should all be concerned about Not just because it could happen to anyone to be wrongfully accused and convicted but also because that leaves real perpetrators free Free to rape or murder or assault or whatever again We should all be concerned with making sure that convictions are based on solid evidence and truth not a desire for a uick conviction statistic

  10. Rob Rob says:

    A non fiction book from John Grisham published 2006This is such an unbelievable story it’s hard comprehend that it’s NOT a work of fictionThe expression ‘fact is stranger than fiction’ has never rung truer than what lies between these pagesThe title is a bit of a misnomer because it’s the story of not one but four young men Three get sent to prison for life whilst the fourth gets sentenced to death by lethal injectionIn the small town of Ada Oklahoma in 1982 a cocktail waitress by the name Debra Sue Carter was raped and murderedTwo young men both with a reputation for carousing were brought to the police station for uestioning Going on nothing but gut instinct the police constructed a case against both men No one in law enforcement from the police to the prosecuting attorney were in the least bit interested in guilt or innocence all they wanted was for the case to be closedRon Williamson the young man who was given the death penalty spent 11 years on death row where his health both physical and mental deteriorated dramatically At one point he was only five days away from being executed when a last minute stay of execution was gratedWhat happened to these young men is beyond belief and makes you uestion the infallibility of the justice systemInteresting to note that not long after the publication of this book a defamation case was brought against John Grisham and his publishers by none other than Ada police and the prosecuting attorney The case was thrown out of court by the presiding judgeAn enthralling 4 star read

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