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Innocent Blood: A True Story of Terror and Justice Paperback – July 1, 1990

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: St Martins Mass Market Paper (July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312922698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312922696
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,826,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally titled St. Joseph's Children: A True Story of Terror and Justice , PW judged this an "engaging, instructive true-crime study." St. Louis Dispatch reporter Ganey writes of the mistaken arrest for murder of Melvin Reynolds, who was convicted of the 1978 murder of four-year-old Eric Christgen. Four years later Charles Hatcher confessed to 16 murders, including that of Christgen.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Terry Ganey is a best-selling author and free-lance writer. As a journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting.

Ganey's two non-fiction books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List:

--"Under the Influence, the Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty" (with Peter Hernon) chronicles five generations of a family that controlled the largest brewing company in the world. First published by Simon and Schuster, Business Week described the book as a "Dallas-sized saga of sex scandals, family feuds, and a closetful of other skeletons." The book spent eight weeks on the Times' best seller list. Avon books later brought out the trade paperback. Dan Okrent, the author of "Last Call, the Rise and Fall of Prohibition," has said "Under the Influence" is "unquestionably the finest book on the American beer industry." A new, updated edition of "Under the Influence" is now available as an e-book.

--"St. Joseph's Children, a True Story of Terror and Justice," recounts the case of an innocent man sent to prison for a child murder committed by a serial killer. A courageous FBI agent reverses the injustice while putting the serial killer in prison. The Library Journal called the story "a gripping tale of murder, pursuit, and justice." Originally published by Lyle Stuart, the paperback edition was published by St. Martin's under the title "Innocent Blood," and appeared on the Times best seller list.

A former Associated Press correspondent, Ganey was the projects editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune. As a journalist, he focused on government and politics, the criminal justice system, higher education, insurance and military affairs. His disclosures of Missouri's Second Injury Fund scandal helped send seven men to federal prison and produced $1.6 million in restitution for the state.

In 2003, he covered U.S. Army operations in Iraq and reported on the chaos that existed in Baghdad. More recently, his free-lance work has been published by the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune and the St. Louis Beacon.

Ganey is the St. Louis editor of the Gateway Journalism Review, a quarterly magazine that covers the media in the Midwest. He also is a visiting professor of journalism at Southern Illinois University and a part-time instructor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Diamond on August 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is an exceptionally written piece about how far police officer's will sometimes go to get a confession. It is mindboggling what Melvin Reynolds went through. Although he was innocent of the murder of four year old Eric Christgen, he was interrogated, fed information and even said: 'I will say I did it, if you want me to'. The town of St. Joseph Missouri wanted someone locked up for this murder so bad they practically gave the entire murder scene to this young man who was in the lower percentile, intelligently, than most people. They even had a composite of the real killer given by witnesses that seen the man with the child.(Charles Hatcher). These witnesses were never even called to testify at this young man's trial.
The chief of police, Robert Hayes, was just recently released from prison for murdering his neighbor. He said it was self-defense.
I, for one would hate to think this is the norm for our police chief's and police officer's nationwide, but this book will make you wonder. It it is a sad story. Thank God for people like FBI agent
Joseph Holtslag, who did obtain a confession from the real killer.
Our country needs many, many more people like agent Holtslag in our local law enforcement agencies as well as the FBI.
Very interesting book guarenteed to pique your interest in some policemen and district attorney's dealings. Highly recommended reading.
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By Janice Roberts on October 3, 2013
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the last page of the book ACTUALLY had a chewed piece of gum stuck in between the pages..... there were no torn pages but a chewed piece of gum.... REALLY!?
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