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Sins of Henry County: After Two Wrongful Convictions & the Death of Jerry Banks, a 35-year-old Cold Case is Reinvestigated Paperback – May 23, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
I lived in Henry County when Jerry Banks was on trial, and I remember the general concensus was that Banks was innocent and was being framed, but nobody knew why or by whom. Anyone who did know was either in on it, or too scared to talk. Read this book if you want to find out. Charles Sargent did a staggering amount of research before writing this book, but if you're expecting dry nonfiction, think again. Sargent is a natural storyteller, and in his words the Banks story unfolds like he is talking to you over a cup of coffee at his kitchen table.
Jerry Banks was convicted of murder and sentenced to death twice, but was freed on what authorities at the time called a "technicality". The truth, as Charles Sargent proves, is that he was freed because determined lawyers proved the evidence against him was a sham, and that there was absolutely no evidence to warrant a third trial.
To add to the travesty, once Banks was cleared, there was no attempt to reopen the case or find the guilty parties (just like there was no real effort to find them in the first place). The murders of Marvin King and Melanie Hartsfield went unsolved, but not before an innocent man's life was destroyed. This is a cold case that needs to be reopened.
There are still people walking free, holding their heads up in what passes for society in Henry County, with blood on their hands.
The only person ever charged with or convicted of the murders was innocent. He was Jerry Banks, a 23-year old married black man with three children. The case against him was a frame-up masterminded by police--the Henry County Sheriff's Office--in charge of investigating the crime. The evidence of guilt was entirely circumstantial and, except for the ballistics evidence, extremely weak. The ballistics evidence itself was fraudulent in that it was based upon empty shells police planted at the crime scene after firing Jerry Banks' shotgun. Police who testified repeatedly committed perjury. Exculpatory evidence was suppressed by police.
Sins of Henry County admirably recounts both a horrifying perversion of criminal justice and an immense human tragedy. A talented musician and a beautiful young woman were methodically and cruelly murdered. The members of their families were devastated beyond description. An innocent man was diabolically framed, twice sentenced to electrocution, and imprisoned for years. That innocent man, driven by the horrors of his experience, ended up killing himself and his wife, leaving their three children orphans. The innocent man's family was devastated.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was especially interesting to me because I actually live in Henry County, GA and know people who knew the murdered girl. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. Sanders
I have read the book twice. It is beyond sad what happened to Mr. Banks. I live in Henry county and this is not a case you talk about. Read morePublished 7 months ago by KRISTY
Well... Mr. Sargent is a bit windy and puts A LOT of personal boring useless info into the book. If he'd written this like a story, it'd been more interesting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ROCKIN' ROBIN
I lived in Stockbridge where this took place so that's what caught my attention. I know some of the people mentioned in this book. It was interesting to read the court testimony.Published 16 months ago by Marcy boren
Met the author personally and had quite a dialogue with him regarding this book.Published 16 months ago by Mildred
Being a non-fiction reader and hailing from GA, I was intrigued and vaguely remember these murders. The book is well researched but a little hard to follow at times. Read morePublished 18 months ago by LBC 60
There is a lot of supposition and conjecture but not much proof or conclusion on what really happened in Henry County. Written poorly.Published 18 months ago by Paula
I liked it. I am from this area and knew a lot of the places and people from the book. I am not crazy about the way it went from present to past back to present again but other... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Seahawks