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Cruel Doubt Paperback – June 1, 1992
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First, I found it quite interesting that Bonnie Von Stein had very similar injuries as Jeffrey MacDonald, and McGinnis thinks he's guilty and Bonnie isn't. It seems that McGinnis switches "sides" depending on payment. Also, Wade Smith, Bonnie Von Stein's attorney, brought McGinnis into this case. Smith was also involved to some degree with the MacDonald case.
Secondly, McGinnis tells the tale solely from Bonnie Von Stein's point of view. He did not dig into anything that would point in her direction (and there is a lot!). Yet another change from the way he handled Fatal Vision.
Lastly, when McGinnis discusses other parties involved, he does so from a stand point where one would believe he had actually spoken with these people. He did not. His book is nearly 100% based on what Bonnie said, what Bonnie did, how Bonnie reacted, ad naseum.
A final note about some of the other reviews.
1- Upchurch did not get a retrial. Upchurch's death sentence was vacated on appeal under McKoy due to faulty jury instructions. He was granted a resentencing hearing. At that hearing he was resentenced, this time to life in prison. He will not be eligible for parole for about 40 years (2 life sentences - consecutive).
2 - There was never evidence that Upchurch was involved. Neither Henderson nor Pritchard could corroborate each others stories. The information they provided varied widely! There was not one single piece of physical evidence. The murderer was right handed. Upchurch is left handed. If this intrigues you, check out [...]
And also, stick to Bledsoe's Blood Games. A better read, a better understanding of the case and people involved, and a much better writing style!
This book is not for those who just want a quick read and don't care about the background of the story, the details, the FACTS. This book is for those who care about the truth, not how some 'TC writers' decide they want/feel about it.
To bad other 'TC writers' don't dig for the facts as Bledsoe did for this book, than I wouldn't have to OCD to research all their made up stuff!