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During the last two decades, more than two thousand American citizens have been wrongfully convicted. Ghost of the Innocent Man brings us one of the most dramatic of those cases and provides the clearest picture yet of the national scourge of wrongful conviction and of the opportunity for meaningful reform.
When the final gavel clapped in a rural southern courtroom in the summer of 1988, Willie J. Grimes, a gentle spirit with no record of violence, was shocked and devastated to be convicted of first-degree rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. Here is the story of this everyman and his extraordinary quarter-century-long journey to freedom, told in breathtaking and sympathetic detail, from the botched evidence and suspect testimony that led to his incarceration to the tireless efforts to prove his innocence and the identity of the true perpetrator. These were spearheaded by his relentless champion, Christine Mumma, a cofounder of North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission. That commission-unprecedented at its inception in 2006-remains a model organization unlike any other in the country, and one now responsible for a growing number of exonerations.
With meticulous, prismatic research and pulse-quickening prose, Benjamin Rachlin presents one man's tragedy and triumph. The jarring and unsettling truth is that the story of Willie J. Grimes, for all its outrage, dignity, and grace, is not a unique travesty. But through the harrowing and suspenseful account of one life, told from the inside, we experience the full horror of wrongful conviction on a national scale. Ghost of the Innocent Man is both rare and essential, a masterwork of empathy. The book offers a profound reckoning not only with the shortcomings of our criminal justice system but also with its possibilities for redemption.
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September 10, 2017
Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption by Benjamin Rachlin is a 2017 Little, Brown and Co. Publication.
"Our dangers do not lie in too little tenderness to the accused. Our procedure has been always haunted by the ghost of the Innocent man convicted. It is an unreal dream...
September 12, 2017
The case of Willie Grimes is shocking, how he was ever convicted in the first place is beyond me! This book opens with the horrendous crime and quickly after follows the arrest of Grimes – I was gripped from the very first page! The treatment of Grimes in his arrest was appalling, the trial itsel...
August 23, 2017
Injustices with a quiet giant, Willie J Grimes.
Unsettling on its revelations, informative on the history of injustices.
Will Grimes will stay with the reader for some time for his patience against the injustice.
This work will have you ruminate on the ones that have been sentenced to death innocent...
May 28, 2017
Thanks to Edelweiss, I read this as a pre-pub. I have always been interested in the justice system and was fascinated by Picking Cotton and Grisham's Innocent Man. Legally, innocence is not enough to overturn a jury conviction. What kind of sense does that make?
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September 16, 2017
What a remarkable book. The entire gripping story is gleaned from 25 years worth of notes, transcripts, forms, files, interviews and testimony. No one's name has been changed because it's all a matter of public record. If transparency is what you want, then this style of non-fiction investigative...
September 09, 2017
This is a book for all. If you think innocent people are convicted or, if you think our justice system would never convict an innocent man. This book will either solidify your position or it should really make you re-think your position. Very good read on the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Comm...
September 08, 2017
Worth reading to remind/instruct yourself on the injustices of our judicial and prison system. A hard road for any person, let alone one completely undeserving. A well written account that pulls you into the experience of an innocent bystander and the crusaders dedicated to freeing him and others...
September 10, 2017
Great book, a fascinating story that'll have you rooting both for and against law enforcement: for the ones out for justice and against those who don't even seem to want to do their job. Grimes' story is truly inspirational and Rachlin's writing captures the frustration and the jubilation perfect...
September 10, 2017
An excellent book, a good story. The author makes a good argument for every state to have an innocence project like the one in North Carolina. The story of Willie Grimes's long incarceration is told realistically and sensitively.
August 22, 2017
It's hard to believe this kind of thing can happen in our courts, but it does. I applaud Willie Grimes's determination to not give in to pressure to sign a statement acknowledging guilt for a crime he did not commit & for his perseverance in proclaiming his innocence.