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Blood Stains (Pinnacle True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Pinnacle True Crime
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078601265X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786012657
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2003
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I did not like this book. If you really like reading about what happen all during the trial then you will.
I don't.
Patricia Springer is a good author but this one book was very dull & boring.
Just about 3/4 of the book is the trial. She tells you about the child gone missing & the arrest & then it is the trial totally.
This man was suspected in 2 rapes & three murders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By McKennaea on February 17, 2011
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This book is the story of Ricky McGinn, and the rape and horrific murder of his 12 year old stepdaughter.
The local police did just about everything wrong, but ultimately got the right guy.
Evidence was woefully mishandled, and I have trouble understanding why he was arrested in the beginning. It would appear that the police must have been suspicious of him for other reasons, undisclosed in the book, and likely related to the previous two murders of young women in his habitat.
The trial was ridiculous-all kinds of third party information was allowed, as well as much innuendu.
Ultimately DNA came to the rescue, and, apologies to all those reviewers muttering about conspiracy, Mr McGinn was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The frightening thing is that a man could be condemned to death when some reasonable doubt existed.
The other appalling thing is the circus attending an execution. Why anyone would want to watch someone die is beyond my comprehension. Why there is even a death penalty is also beyond my comprehension. It makes murderers of those who sentence it, as well as those who condone it, and those who carry it out. I suspect, from the description of life on Death Row, that death is a release for them. Prison is a horrible place, and to spend the rest of one's days there is a living, hopeless death.
However it was readily apparent that Mr McGinn was a classic narcissistic sociopath. His notes from the trial make this obvious. He was charming when the occasion warranted, refused to take responsibility for any of his actions, and not a shred of remorse for his "beloved" stepdaughter. It was all about him. He continued to manipulate his family even after his death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Cantrell on May 10, 2007
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The case of Ricky Nolan McGinn is an interesting study of the Texas Judicial System. The impression I got when reading this book was that Author Patricia Springer was attempting to relate the story of 12 year old Stephanie Flanary, who was raped and murdered only a short distance from her Brown County, Texas home where she resided with her mother, sister and stepfather, McGinn.

The investigation of this crime was bungled from the beginning. The trial proceedings were just as disorganized and, simply put, became a power struggle between the District Attorney and the defense attorneys. It is in this particular area that the book become extremely tedious as every aspect of the trial is detailed, almost verbatim from the trial transcripts.

If you enjoy reading something that gives way to debatable issue, the case of State vs. Ricky McGinn is one to study. After reading this book, followed by own research online, I came to the conclusion that McGinn was indeed guilty. This issue is actually settled, in my opinion, with the DNA advancements that were made between the time of the crime and prior to his execution. However, many others disagree and believe that McGinn was innocent. You'll have to read, then research, and form your own opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunny on February 22, 2014
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I grew up 15 miles from there so all the people, things, and places are home to me. My dad was good friends w Sheri and it's just sad that such a horrible thing had to happen for everyone both sides of it. God bless you all.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tina Church on October 13, 2002
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Blood Stains is a powerful book of "Justice Texas Style". Springer places the reader in the postion of seeing it from both sides. Springer raises a true question of "guilt" dispite what would be considered overwhelming evidence. Springer takes the reader through a walk through the judcial system of Texas that is filled with many rushes to judgement.
The loss of this precious child is devestating, and the greif of both families is so well spelled out in this book.
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