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They're Going to Kill My Son Hardcover – October 15, 1992


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Dicks's son Jeff has been on death row in the Tennessee state penitentiary since 1982, when he was sentenced for participating in a 1978 holdup-murder. That he sat in the getaway car while an acquaintance committed the slaying is verified, but according to the law, he is guilty nonetheless. As portrayed here by his mother, Jeff was a naive, overprotected youth who was deeply compassionate toward the dispossessed; in her view, that helps to explain his association with the killer and with the orphan he married, who turned out to be a troubled wife and mother. Dicks ( Death Row ) chides herself for bungling every effort she made to help her son's defense, and his lawyer is presented as having been more interested in his fee than in his client. Although she diminishes the book's emotional impact by writing in the third person, Dicks makes her case convincingly, and readers are likely to agree that Jeff's death sentence is not just. 20,000 first printing.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The sheer weight of reasonable doubt in this case makes one wonder at the trial and appeals process in death penalty cases where the accused lack the financial resources for competent legal representation. Jeff Dicks is down to his last appeal. This book, written by his mother, shockingly brings home the best argument against capital punishment--that even after a "fair" trial an innocent person might be put to death. Dicks's account is both a cry of anguish and a testimony to the lengths a mother will go to try to save the life of her child. Jeff is not a savage killer with a long rap sheet. He is a naive kid who found himself in the wrong company, at the wrong place and time. Dicks argues that the proficiency of the law enforcement agencies, judicial system, press, and legal profession are at best questionable, more possibly prejudiced, and maybe even corrupt. She convinces the reader that the bungled defense of her son because he could not afford a better lawyer is prevalent in similar cases. Recommended for true crime collections.
- Robert Hodder , Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland Lib., St. John's
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press (October 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882821121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882821122
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,475,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and raised in Concord, NH and moved south back in the 70s, ending up in TN. With four kids, I lived in NC for a few years until moving to middle Tn and began to write.

My first three books were bought by McFarland co, called, Death Row, Victims, and From Vietnam To Hell. Next, I sold Young Blood and Congregation of the Condemned by Prometheus Books and New Horizon Press took They're Going To Kill My Son which was my life story. However they changed things, names and all so eventually I rewrote it, brought it up to date and began to self publish my own books, called, A Mothers Torment, www.amotherstorment.com

I self published The Choice Is Yours, A Long Road Home, The Devil's Playground, and There IS Life After Fifty. McFarland is now republishing my first three books that had gone out of print and now I'm putting them up as ebooks.


Now that I'm in my seventies, I'm trying to learn photography now in order to do some travel articles with photos. Also working on two non fiction books plus a romance.

My oldest son Jeff Dicks was killed in 1999 due to medical neglect and I lost my youngest son Trevor Dicks who spoke out on the death penalty issue with me at schools and colleges, due to a car crash. I adopted Jeff's daughter when she was born and she's now in her thirties with three beautiful children of her own.

I try to keep busy with my writing, my photography, spending time with my three beautiful great grandchildren, crocheting and anything I can do.

Will be adding my books as ebooks in the near future

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book was a heartbreaking book to read and knowing it was a true account made it even more so. The reader is grabbed from the first page to the last as they wait breathtaking to the very end, hoping against hope for a happy ending. It's hard to believe such things happen today in America but we are hearing of it more and more. My heart goes out to the author who did a great job of putting her story down and a breathtaking story it was. It read like fiction and was wonderfully done
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cindee Cook on April 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is very touching and you can feel the reality of it all. If a person thinks our judicial system is fair and right you will question your beliefs after reading this book. It tells it like it is.
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