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May God Have Mercy: A True Story of Crime and Punishment Paperback – August 10, 1998
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In his attempt to portray Coleman innocent, Tucker missed the opportunity to create a truly balanced portrait of crime and punishment in America. Much better is "Dead Run," the story of Dennis Stockton and the mass Death Row escape.
At that point I thought that Coleman was probably guilty and yet I believed that his guilt was not proved beyond a reasonable doubt in the original trial. However, midway through the book, the first DNA test provided very strong evidence of Coleman's guilt. I also found it hard to believe that Coleman was this baby faced innocent and was just unfortunate to be wrongly accused 3 times of sex crimes (the original rape, the incident in the library, and the murder/rape).
Clearly Coleman was a heavily manipulative guy who was able to take in a number of people, including the author. Yet, they should all have realized after the original DNA test that the evidence was now very strong. The counterclaims sometimes were not just "she said he said" but more like "he said that she said that he said that he had killed Wanda McCoy).
Some of the slightly puzzling points in the original trial -- the man who alibi'd Coleman remain puzzling (although the author didn't comment on how reliable that witness was), as well as some of the other evidence relating to entry.
James McCloskey's recent statement about accepting the truth and his personal anguish about having been deceived is notable. Its a shame that this decent and honorable man was fooled by a murderous rapist into wasting his time and energy. He is a victim of Coleman as much as anyone else.
Despite the author's bias, I still give the book 3 stars. May God have mercy -- on poor Wanda McCoy.
The evidence at the McCoy house tied Coleman to the crime scene. The more evidence that Coleman's lawyers received that Coleman was guilty, the more they tried to pin the killing on someone else. They did not want to understand Coleman as a person. Before the McCoy killing, Coleman was just another cowardly, would-be rapist. However, Coleman learned his lesson in April of 1977 when he used subterfuge to gain entrance to Brenda Rife's house, got Brenda to tape her young daughter to a chair, and then unsucessfully attempted to rape Brenda. He had to flee because he could not control the situation. He was later found guilty by a jury and sentenced to three years in prison. He was paroled after spending 20 months and one day in prison. Even so, with all that time in prison, he was able to think about how to become a better rapist and hit on a valuable lesson in his criminal evolution: during the next sexual assault, he wasn't going to leave any witnesses lest he spend even more time in prison. That is why he killed Wanda McCoy in a violent attack in March of 1981.
The evidence was not, as Jennifer Lunsford claims in her December 7, 2007 review, grossly inadequate to convict Coleman. The only question seemed to be whether Coleman acted alone or with somebody else.Read more ›
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Great book. Could not put down. Very descriptive. I am originally from the Grundy / Buchanan County area and knew about the incident when it happened. John C. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Loretta Lafferty
Great read. Still have doubts about dna test performed 20 years laterPublished 19 months ago by Kamoola
This is a great and very well-written book but unfortunately much of it is out-dated due to the new discoveries and proof of his guilt since 1998. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by L Street
Just finished reading and I must say I was captivated by the story. I don't believe he was innocent. But I really enjoyed the writer and the effort.Published on December 10, 2013 by Denese
A stellar book. One that can get boring at times, but the next page would a redeemable one. These true accounts show how a so called innocent man convinces himself, along with... Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Husnan Chaudhry