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Bloodsworth: The True Story of One Man's Triumph over Injustice (Shannon Ravenel Books) Paperback – October 14, 2005
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This is a terrifying story of how an innocent man was found guilty of a horrendous crime, not once, but twice, with full appellate review and decent lawyering at every level. A dozen people swore over and over that they saw him near the crime scene. Several testified that he made incriminating statements. All were dead wrong. He was no where near the crime scene. He never admitted to anything. Someone else killed that little girl--and remained free for a decade (and in fact raped others while Bloodsworth sat in prison).
But for the fact that DNA analysis was perfected, Kurt Bloodsworth would still be in prison, serving a life sentence, never to see freedom again, all for a crime he had absolutely no connection with.
But for the fact that an attorney filed a routine motion to preserve evidence, evidence which everyone agreed was useless, it would have been destroyed.
But for a stubborn defense attorney who decided to retest evidence which everyone had claimed contained no useful fluids--there would have been nothing for to test for DNA.
Sure Kurt Bloodsworth is special. All of these facts happened at the same time, at the right time, to enable him to prove he was innocent. But how many others are sitting in prison proclaiming their innocence do not have this "luck"--it is hard to use the word "luck" in connection with someone who spent over a decade in prison for a crime he didn't commit, and then another decade trying to prove he was innocent (not just "not guilty.").
Anyone who reads this book will come away with an entirely different view of the criminal justice system, the reliability of eyewitness testimony, and the infallibility of the police.
During an attack in the prison, his name - Kirk Noble Bloodsworth - played a role in saving him. Today, his name is known because he was the first person to spend time on death row whose exoneration came about because of DNA evidence.
This book is a roller coaster ride, and the drama doesn't let up until the very last page. In spite of his exoneration, Bloodsworth's prosecutor continued to state her belief that he was guilty. Ten years after his exoneration and release, another sample of evidence was finally tested and matched to the real murderer. Only then did Kirk Bloodsworth receive an apology from the prosecutor.
Bloodsworth now speaks on behalf of The Justice Project, and advocates passage of federal legislation, the Innocence Protection Act. Author Tim Junkin and Bloodsworth are currently involved in a wide-ranging book tour and you may get the opportunity to hear Kirk Bloodsworth in person.
In 1984, nine-year-old Dawn Hamilton was raped, sodomized, and killed in a wooded area near Baltimore. A composite sketch was produced on the evidence of seven- and ten-year-old boys, and the sketch eventually was connected, despite dissimiliarities, to Kirk Bloodsworth, an ex-Marine. Much of the book shows how the righteous confidence of detectives and prosecutors lead them to rationalize away any parts of the evidence and identifications that did not fit. Bloodsworth was eventually put on a disgusting death row, and as an accused and then convicted child molester and killer, he was detested by the thugs in prison who assaulted him in different, disgusting ways. He did not give up; he wrote letters every day to anyone he could think of who might help, and eventually found a lawyer who had power to get the evidence reexamined.Read more ›
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Pretty good book about a FASCINATING topic that isn't discussed enough. Worth the read. Let's talk about Bloodsworth!Published 3 months ago by Sarah George
Even though this is one of mine school books I have to admit that this is one of the best books that I have ever read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Agata Drozdz
I find myself waiting for justice. It is going on four years, now, for my direct appeal to run its course. It seems injustice has found a home in Florida's county courts. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
great book-once you start reading you won't want to put it down!Published 9 months ago by Jennifer Davies
Great book that I used for my Criminal Justice Theory Masters class. The shipping was fast and easy as wellPublished 13 months ago by brittanys
Mr. Bloodsworth came and spoke at my daughter's college campus and she was so interested in his story that I purchased his book. Very interesting read.Published 13 months ago by C. Meyer