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Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom Hardcover – January 22, 2013
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*Starred Review* Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Siegel has spent years following what he (and many others) believe to be the manifest injustice of a man imprisoned for 38 years for a double murder he has strenuously denied doing. The cold case dates back to May 24, 1962, when a young, engaged couple were discovered lined up next to their car in a Scottsdale, Arizona, lovers’ lane, each with a gunshot wound to the head. The news was shocking enough to push aside coverage of Scott Carpenter’s flight into space, and the case continued to grip the area through two trials and far into the imprisonment of Bill Macumber for the crime. Siegel creates a gripping narrative nonfiction treatment of what led to Macumber, a man with no connection to the murders, being convicted a decade after the killings, long after a confession by a repeat offender. The entries Siegel includes from Macumber’s prison diaries are heart-breaking in the day-to-day revelations of how he has kept his spirit and determination alive. Siegel also chronicles the work of the Arizona Justice Project, a forerunner of the Innocence Project in the U.S. On November 7, 2012, Macumber, now 77, was suddenly released from prison, which adds to the force of Siegel’s arguments and the outrage his advocacy journalism inspires about wrongful convictions and the fissures in the justice system. --Connie Fletcher
“Deeply reported . . . Manifest Injustice has scenes that surpass any TV crime drama.” ―The Los Angeles Times
“Fascinating. . . Siegel [is] a talented author.” ―Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Mr. Siegel brilliantly creates for the reader the essence of a jury trial: two sides, two narratives, two bodies of evidence and two theories of interpretation. Manifest Injustice stays with the reader long after the last page for it is not just a story of one man, but a fascinating indictment of our judicial system as a whole.” ―New York Journal of Books
“For fans of John Grisham, Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly and for true crime fans. Bill Macumber was imprisoned for nearly 40 years for a crime he denied committing. In a fast-paced, suspenseful style which enhances the intriguing facts of this true story, journalist Barry Siegel recounts Macumber's long and twisted road to justice.” ―The Sun Star Courier
“Manifest Injustice is a piece of masterful storytelling. Readers won't soon forget this harrowing tale of crime and punishment in America today, or the man imprisoned for 38 years for a crime he vehemently denies committing.” ―Gay Talese
“Reminiscent of Errol Morris's compelling investigation into the dubious proceedings of the Jeffrey MacDonald case in A Wilderness of Error, Siegel's detailed rendering of the decades of efforts on Macumber's behalf makes the horror of his situation resonate.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Siegel creates a gripping narrative nonfiction treatment of what led to Macumber, a man with no connection to the murders, being convicted a decade after the killings, long after a confession by a repeat offender . . . On November 7, 2012, Macumber, now 77, was suddenly released from prison, which adds to the force of Siegel's arguments and the outrage his advocacy journalism inspires about wrongful convictions and the fissures in the justice system.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“This book is a must-read for students of crime and criminology. It should also appeal to general readers who follow sensational murder cases.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“A fascinating, convoluted murder mystery demonstrating that the law should never be confused with common sense.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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This book has multiple discrete story lines. Yet, Siegel, through his mastery of the writer's craft, somehow seamlessly weaves these multiple, discrete story lines into one coherent story line. This is very difficult to explain unless you actually read the book. Overall, parts of the very same story are told from a variety of different perspectives, each perspective being that of one of the various actors in this story.
Although, truly, there is no such a thing as an "objective" account of any historical event because history is always recounted from someone's perspective, this book is as close to an objective account of an historical phenomenon as I have ever encountered. Truly, Siegel scrupulously attempts to remain impartial in his account of the many differing viewpoints involved in this story. Ultimately, he leaves it up to the reader, based on his (almost) objective display of the "facts" to even decide if the main character, William McCumber, is even actually innocent of the crime for which he was twice convicted.
One of the very best books that I have ever read, True Crime, history, or otherwise.
It's an eye opening account of how these injustices in our legal system can happen, and how they can become lost in the sea of paper work, and the red tape of bureaucracy.
The devotion and diligence that the, Justice Project in Arizona put forth is beyond commendable.
They worked tirelessly to put an end to, Mr. Macumber's injustice.
Kudos to those who helped clear this man, and bring him the justice he deserved.
Thank God, we have caring, hard working people out there, who can think outside the box and go forward, to right these injustices.
Barry Siegel did a great job writing this book, making sure we knew every detail about what had happened.
It's almost like you're working with them to clear, Bill.
Like the other commentator said, it is an embarrassment to live in a state like this. !
Nevertheless, it is a well researched book that describes the legal process in detail.
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well written book detailing the flaws in our justice system, reads like a thriller!Read more