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Rush to Judgement: a critical examination of the David Westerfield, Danielle van Dam child kidnapping and murder case, San Diego 2002 Paperback – June 22, 2011


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On receiving the book, AJ Flick, a journalist who was awarded a certificate of appreciation and recognition by the Mayor of Tucson, and whose article on Selby's confession is quoted in the book, exclaimed: Wow! Not what I expected! I was expecting one of those thin, hastily written true-crime books, and this looks like a VERY well-researched TOME.

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The opening brief in Westerfield's appeal was filed on December 28, 2011. It contains 448 pages, and gives nearly 30 reasons why his conviction should be overturned. The responding brief was filed on October 9, 2012. It contains 267 pages. A supplementary opening brief (9 pages) was filed on February 26, 2013, and the response (8 pages) on March 26. Finally, the Appellant's Reply Brief (155 pages) was filed on May 14, 2013.
Brenda thought the cookie sale was on the Tuesday (29th), whereas Westerfield thought it was most likely on the Thursday (31st) (page 187 of the book). The hailstorm referred to on page 131 occurred on the Tuesday evening, so it's extremely unlikely that the cookie sale was on that date.
Correction (page 10): the father-daughter dance was scheduled for the 7th not the 14th, and therefore before the trip to Italy, so that trip would not have had to be cut short to attend the dance.
Correction (page 242): the (Bean, June 25) reference is to his article "Prosecutors trot out more fiber evidence in case against accused child killer".
Pages 140 and 142: Detectives Ott and Keyser were probably in Westerfield's SUV for less than half-an-hour.

Denise Kemal died in December, 2011, and George "Woody" Clarke in November, 2012. May they rest in peace.
The media reported that Westerfield "steam-cleaned his motor home, using heavy amounts of bleach" (page 193). eHow.com states that bleach is dangerous to use in a steam cleaning machine, it will damage carpets and upholstery, and can damage the actual machine. Steam from bleach will cause burning and red eyes, gagging, blistering and pains in your throat.
The LA Times reported (May 8, 2002) that the judge refused to order the van Dams to let Westerfield's attorneys and investigators into their home to look for evidence that might help in his defense (pages 215-217).
On May 8, 2002, the polygraph operator testified that, if Westerfield had passed the test, "that would have been the end of it". This shows an absolute faith in the reliability of polygraph results (pages 176-184).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 794 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460956974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460956977
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,554,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn A. Barth on September 20, 2012
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Reading this book was like walking through molasses! The author capitalizes words throughout the book to emphasize certain information - it is really irritating. Like canned laugher on a TV program. I was hoping for a behind the scenes examination of the case/trial. I just plain could not read this book. I managed to plough through a a few pages then returned it to Kindle Library. I was looking for a good book on this case as I had watched it on TV and wanted to find out about the evidence the prosecution had. It never made sense to me - my question was "How/when did Westerfield get into the house?" At this point, that question will remain unanswered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yb on December 3, 2013
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Awful and could not finish it, but the author can write. A lot to wade through and wade you have to. But who was it written for? I didn't know much about the crime, so maybe that didn't help. So much information. Also, the writer-who is he? He certainly was trying to prove that the accused is innocent.
Maybe the accused didn't do it, but he doesn't come across much better than the parents and their friends. Not likeable or clean-cut people.
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Reading this book is like wading through quicksand. To be fair, the author does a good job of attributing his source material. However, he apparently has never heard of end notes so he makes those attributions directly in the text. On some pages over half the content is source attribution.
The author uses capitalization of words for emphasis very liberally. This is annoying. If it were used sparingly it might be a useful technique, but used as often as it is in this book is reminiscent of ninth or tenth grade.
it could be that there are valid concerns about the evidence used to convict David Westerfield, but if so they are buried under the author's ramblings. This book is an example of how conspiracy theories get started. Please don't waste your money or time on this book.
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