- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781479108374
- ISBN-13: 978-1479108374
- ASIN: 1479108375
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 96 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,751,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pro Bono: The 18-Year Defense of Caril Ann Fugate Paperback – August 19, 2012
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About the Author
Jeff McArthur grew up surrounded by the story related in Pro Bono. His grandfather was John McArthur, who represented Caril Fugate through the '50s and '60s, and his father represented Caril through her parole in the 1970s. Jeff McArthur then moved on to New York where he went to school studying film. Afterward, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked in the film industry for 15 years before coming back to the story with which he grew up and placed it into a book entitled Pro Bono. He has also written the drama 'The Table of Truth' and the sci fi series 'Relic Worlds'. He has also made the documentary 'The Forgotten Grave', all available on Amazon.
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I'll admit that at times the writing makes for a difficult slog; such, I think, is the nature of a book of this sort when not sensationalized--and the lack of sensationalism was obviously a conscious choice on the author's part. Still, it's fascinating stuff for any student of history. I could wish for a little more information on Caril's side of the story directly, but I understand the choice to utilize only official sources. Those used to a continuous narrative centered around the (alleged) perpetrators in their true crime stories, please use that last sentence as a warning that this may not be to your taste. As I think the title of the book makes clear, the "main character" here is Ms. Fugate's defense team. So do not expect lurid details.
As a final note, I want to assure readers that the photos do indeed show up in my version of the ebook.
I think this book gave a good accounting of the facts and leaves the reader to form their own opinion. I have changed my feelings about Caril after reading this. A young girl living in Nebraska at that time was probably very innocent and gullible and not too street wise .It is
easy to see how she could have been manipulated by him and forced to see and do horrible things. I learned quite a bit of history by reading this. There was so much more to the story than I had ever heard before.
Overall I thought this was an interesting book to read.
This author is biased but very upfront and honest about this -- he is, after all, the grandson of Caril Ann's defense attorney. Still, the "case" that he makes for Caril's (possible) innocence in this book is compelling, well-researched and well-supported. And even still, in the end, he admits that only one person alive in the world today knows what happened -- Caril Ann herself.
I admire the men who defended this child. I wish all those who work in the legal profession shared the same commitment to abiding by the laws of procedure, evidence, and truth.
However, I was bothered by the repetition of facts and sentences that made no sense about three-fourths of the way through the book. Once again, it seems as if there was no one to actually proofread the transcript of the book before it went to press. If writers only use spell and grammar check, then the dropped words and incoherent sentences will not be discovered.