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).