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I do like the writing in this book, it's smooth and understandable.
It seem Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are always involved in these stories or I just always seem to be reading the same books where they show up. Maybe cause it was a "hate crime" and "KKK." I don't know why they would get involved if the guy was clearly guilty. Seemed guilty to me.
The cross examination was awesome, to me I liked this the best out of the whole book. To me it was suspenseful and it blew my mind when his wife got on the stand. This is rare.
In short, before his trial, the defendant complained about the issues of jail life like it being dirty, I say good, if you kill, you deserve it, at least you're the one breathing, poor Anna is not. Her life was taken at such a young age and she had people who loved her and I'm sure still do. Then the defendant asking for a postponement. This guy is very stupid. If he was a witness on the stand I still wouldn't like him.
The Author did a great job, this should be a best seller.
By the way, it will be awhile before I eat pizza again.
Was justice served? Read to find out. RIP Anna .
Thank you Wild Blue Press and of course the Author Richard T Cahill.
I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
Only thing I see he could have done better was to tell more about the victims early life. I didn't really feel like I "knew" her. I also didn't feel I "knew" the defendants sister who attended every day of his trial. She just suddenly appeared at the end of the trial as having been there every day as if she shared a close relationship with him, yet no mention of a relationship with his family or this sister in particular was really made.
I didn't feel I knew any of the people involved, really, as none of the backgrounds were delved into. The deepest was that of the alternate mentally challenged suspect, and that's really all we were told about him.
Other than that (which would have added a lot more pages to the book, but is also part of writing true crime), this was a great read, and held my interest from page one.
On July 11-12, 1988, 19-year-old Anna Kithcart was beaten and strangled to death in an abandoned railbed surrounded by woods in Kingston, New York. Her clothing was found in a separate location. The letters ""KKK" were carved on her body. This brought All Sharpton, Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason to Kingston to stir the racial pot.
A suspect was arrested and brought to trial. The opposing attorneys were worthy rivals and the courtroom proceedings were interesting, even exciting. At the back of the book are several relevant photos.
A couple of things I missed: the subsequent hoopla around whether or not the assault was fabricated by Tawana herself, the lawsuit/trial, and oh by the way the murder of Anna Kithcart in Kingston, New York, which is the subject of Richard Cahill’s Sidetracked, which was provided to me in exchange for my honest review (thanks to WildBlue Press and NetGalley).
Anna was 19 years old when she was found beaten and strangled to death, left alongside the railroad tracks (lots of photos made this crime easy to visualize the people, location, etc.). Anna was found with “KKK” carved on her body which may have contributed to the arrival of Al Sharpton on the scene and the Tawana Brawley-ish media circus that ensued.
A local man confesses, then things get weird as he recants, and subsequently claims to be an undercover agent for the CIA, FBI, and Interpol. The crime was well researched, the writing and editing are good, and the courtroom scenes are terrific.
True crime fans will enjoy, and anyone interested in the controversial ssues around criminal justice and racism. Four stars.
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