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Murdered by Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain, and Injustice Hardcover – December 6, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (December 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599213761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599213767
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,357,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this moving if ultimately unsuccessful memoir, Faulkner continues her fight for the execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the man convicted for the 1981 killing of her husband, police officer Danny Faulkner. On the strength of eyewitness testimony, ballistics tests and his own confession at the hospital following the shooting, former Black Panther Abu-Jamal was convicted in 1982 of first-degree murder and has spent 25 years on death row in Pennsylvania. Faulkner details not only her struggle to come to terms with losing her husband at age 25 but also her attempts to counteract the support Abu-Jamal's claim of racial injustice has generated in left-wing circles across the United States and abroad. Faulkner is a staunch defender of the death penalty, especially in cases involving police casualties. She traces Abu-Jamal's numerous appeals, including the latest, currently in the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, over whether or not a Pennsylvania judge's overturning of the death sentence is grounds for a retrial. Though Faulkner's determined struggle is compelling, her memoir (co-authored by Smerconish, a lawyer and Philadelphia columnist and radio host, and an advisor to Faulkner) awkwardly attempts to combine personal reflections with an examination of the case's legal and political details. This muddled account unfortunately doesn't do justice to an issue that deserves a close look.
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“This is a harrowing book, told with uncommon grace and dignity. Maureen Faulkner is an incredible woman. The story she tells, of being denied for more than a quarter century the dignity of burying her police officer husband in peace, is even more incredible.”

Buzz Bissinger  - Author of Friday Night Lights


"The Bible teaches that the truth will set us free, but Michael Smerconish and Maureen Faulkner teach us that even a powerful truth needs courage as its ally."
 
Chris Matthews - Host of Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Chris Matthews Show 

 

“Maureen Faulkner is a genuine American heroine.  While influential people garner cheap headlines with stories of false injustice, Maureen Faulkner fights behind the scenes and in public to preserve the good name of her husband.  This is a real justice story!”

John Timoney, Miami Chief of Police

 


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As the powerful book "Murdered by Mumia" clearly shows, there were two crimes that Mumia Abu Jamal committed.
David Grove
I recommend it for any reasonable individual who would like to know the facts of the case or hear this woman's brave story.
Patrick Dimauro
Officer Daniel Faulkner and his family are not only the TRUE VICTIMS of this story, but are also the TRUE HEROES!
Jennifer J. Hoey

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100 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Tony on December 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After years of one-sided diatribes from Wesley Cook's apologists and the agenda-driven bias of the anti-death penalty left, it is good to finally see the victim's side of the story told.

"Murdered by Mumia" is a well-written recounting of the cold-blooded murder of Philadelphia police officer Danny Faulkner at the hands of social activist and self-styled journalist Wesley Cook, aka Mumia Abu-Jamal. It is also a very poignant look at the people Faulkner left behind, particularly his young wife, Maureen, and her struggle to see justice, so long delayed, finally done.

It's odd how Wesley Cook, whose guilt is undeniable to anyone who has followed this case closely and actually read the various court transcripts, has somehow become the poster boy for the anti-death penalty crowd. One can only hope that this book will help to acquaint the objective reader with the actual victim in this case, Danny Faulkner.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By L. Hoffman on December 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I suggest that anyone - especially reviewers and interviewers - actually read this book before writing about "not knowing what actually happened" on the night Officer Danny Faulkner was murdered. Also a must read for every one of the Hollywood supporters listed in the book. The facts are here. Please read this.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mike from N.H. on December 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
One of the critics of this book wrote that this was "almost as if the book was the closing statement of a trial." That's actually pretty true, and why not? Mumia had his day in court many times over, and he has repeatedly lost. He murdered Mr. Faulkner, that is already established fact. Why should the widow attempt to prove something that has already been proven? What a horrible thing Mrs. Faulkner has been forced to endure. What will these people (Mumia's supporters) do for an encore, help Sudanese clerics whip women? You would think they'd have better ways to spend their time.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Grove on December 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As the powerful book "Murdered by Mumia" clearly shows, there were two crimes that Mumia Abu Jamal committed. The first, and the most horrific, was the brutal murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.

The second crime, which is almost as outrageous, is the legal and political travesty that Jamal and his ignorant followers have waged over the past quarter of a century. This time, the killer is elevated to the status of celebrity while the real victim is conveniently forgotten.

Do the mindless followers of killers like Mumia Abu Jamal really believe what they say? Of course not. Jamal's guilt is beyond dispute. No, what's really sick is that these people don't care, and their contempt for the truth, and for the victims of violent crime, is as shallow and dishonest as their false arguments.
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58 of 69 people found the following review helpful By TS on December 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Daniel Faulkner was a hard-working American police officer gunned down in cold blood by killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. For years we have been told by leftists that Mumia was innocent. Yet every piece of evidence in the case points to the fact that Mumia gunned down Daniel Faulkner. Leftists have done their best to lie and distort the facts and evidence, but this book clears up the truth once and for all.

Five stars for a great book exposing Mumia for what he is: A murderer. God bless Daniel Faulkner and his family.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Stuart J. Fischbein on December 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book, brilliantly written, tells of a true American tragedy. Maureen Faulkner is a heroine and has weathered the lunacy of those that support Danny Faulkner's killer with grace and dignity. Only in this great country of ours would a cold blooded killer be given all the opportunities he has to acquit himself, continue to fail miserably at it and become a celebrity in the process. The book clearly and concisely outlines how the supporters of a convicted killer of a peace officer in the line of duty can vehemently question the facts of the case and the sworn testimony supporting his obvious guilt. Yet, never turn that same energy and scrutiny on the unsubstantiated theories and constantly altering fabrications put forth by the defense lawyers. I read the book cover to cover and to anyone with a logical and open mind there is no doubt as to who murdered Danny Faulkner.
For those fellow travelers and useful idiots who believe that the killer is someone other than Jamal or that his trial was somehow biased there will be no changing their mind. "Murdered by Mumia" is written for the rest of us who understand what the word "reasonable" really means. The tragedy is the pain and loss of the survivors of Officer Faulkner and the travesty of what has been done to our faith in a legal system gone awry.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bachelier on December 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mumia (Wesley Cook) is a poltroon and a murderer and this great book says so.

My only regret that this book is published and sets the record straight is that Officer Daniel Faulkner's family will once again have to have this odious man's life defended by a bunch of fact-denying leftist fat-heads.

Mercifully, the book does not begin with some inflated apologetics on the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal, but instead focuses on facts, dates, logic, testimony, and discovery.

Smerconish does an excellent job of organizing all that Maureen Faulkner heroically has gathered, and documents carefully her suffering and the injustice of Officer Faulkner's memory by elevating this dastard. Far too much effort has gone to defending Mumia, and far too little effort has been made to punish him for the full justice he is due.

This work will finally put the case to rest and like Hiss before him, another icon of the Communist-Anarchist leftists is revealed as a fraud.

Truth is the daughter of time, and these authors deserve our thanks and we pray for the soul of Officer Daniel Faulkner.
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