Framed With Google Maps Book Trailer

My recently published book about the Nancy Cooper murder investigation has a new book trailer. The Kindle book which is regularly priced at $4.99 will be on sale for 99 cents December 6-13.

Description:

Framed with Google Maps - EBook 1563 x 2500Framed With Google Maps examines how police corruption and failures of our justice system resulted in Cisco IT engineer, Brad Cooper, being unjustly accused and convicted of the murder of his wife, Nancy Cooper in May, 2011. Nancy left home the morning of July 12, 2008 to go jogging and was tragically found murdered two days later in an undeveloped neighborhood three miles from the Cooper home. A frantic 911 call with false accusations from Nancy’s friend resulted in immediate tunnel vision by police and the case quickly snowballed out of control. With details never before shared with the public, Framed With Google Maps will open your eyes to the horrors of our justice system and the grim reality that anyone can be wrongly convicted of a crime.

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Review of Wrongful Convictions: True Murder Cases, Unbelievable Miscarriages of Justice

wrongful convictionsI just finished reading Wrongful Convictions, by author Jack Smith.  The author details three fascinating murder cases that resulted in executions in the UK. In each case the accused was executed despite uncertainty of their guilt. Public outcries about these types of cases ultimately led to the abolishment of the death penalty in the UK.

One of the cases from way back in 1815 was interesting because faulty science was presented to the jury to secure the conviction. This is still happening today and it’s amazing that our society hasn’t realized the dangers of unreliable evidence (“junk science”) that destroys lives when used to convict innocent people.

The book was very interesting, well written, and easy to follow.

Amazon description:

Convicted of murders they did not commit… astonishing cases of miscarriage of justice that led to rethinking the capital punishment

Ever since DNA evidence started exonerating death row inmates, public concern about wrongful executions has been on the rise. It has been such a source of worry that some states have abolished the death penalty entirely.

Although we want to believe that the criminal justice system designed to protect us is infallible, mistakes can be and are made. The ultimate tragedy is when an innocent person is executed for a crime that he or she didn’t commit.

Inside find three stories of wrongful executions in the UK, where justice was swift and limitless appeals were not supported. In one case the person was actually exonerated forty-six years after being hanged.

● Eliza Fenning and the Devilish Dumplings: In March 1815, the entire household of Robert Turner, a London law stationer, was struck by a mysterious illness. When a search was made for its cause, a substance believed to be arsenic was found in the dish used to mix up yeast dumplings the family had eaten for dinner. Although she had fallen ill too, Eliza Fenning, the twenty-one-year-old maid who had prepared the dumplings, was charged with attempted murder and hanged. Her execution is still regarded as one of Britain’s worst miscarriages of justice.

● The Messalina of Ilford: Edith Thompson and her younger lover, Frederick Bywaters, were executed in January 1923 for the murder of Edith’s husband. Although Mr. Bywaters confessed and insisted that Mrs. Thompson had nothing to do with the murder, she was held equally responsible for the crime because of some letters that expressed hostile intent toward her overbearing spouse. Her supporters believed that she had really been condemned for being an adulteress. There is currently a campaign in process to win her a posthumous royal pardon.

● “Let Him Have It”: On January 28, 1953, nineteen-year-old Derek Bentley was hanged at Wandsworth Prison for the murder of a Metropolitan Police constable. Bentley had not fired the fatal shot, but his sixteen-year-old accomplice was too young to receive the death penalty, so the mentally impaired Bentley went to the gallows instead. In 1998, thanks to four decades of vigorous campaigning by his family, he received a posthumous pardon. His execution was instrumental in the abolition of capital punishment in the UK.

It is too late to save these victims of wrongful execution, but the time has come to accept that, regardless of our individual feelings about the death penalty, all future debates on the subject must proceed with the knowledge that innocent people have been put to death.

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Stolen Years – Stories of the Wrongfully Imprisoned

 stolen yearsAuthor Reuven Fenton recently released Stolen Years, an amazing book that details ten tragic accounts of victims of the judicial system – innocent people who were locked away for years for crimes they didn’t commit.  The book was recently highlighted in this New York Post article:

If you ever get arrested for a high-profile murder that you didn’t commit, here’s a tip: Take a decent mugshot.

Blink away the bleariness in your eyes. Fix your unkempt hair. And for God’s sake, try not to look so guilty.

Because maybe that will help sway a public that has, in its collective consciousness, already convicted you. It’s just human intuition: If you’re booked on a felony, you’ve committed the crime.

Studies show that 2.3% to 5% of all those currently locked up in US prison are actually innocent. That could mean as many as 100,000 inmates are languishing behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit — each wondering, “How did I get here?”

That’s the question I explore in my new book, “Stolen Years: Stories of the Wrongfully Convicted,” in which I profile 10 extraordinary individuals who endured hell on earth — and lived to tell the tale. Read more at this link: http://nypost.com/2015/11/15/top-reasons-people-are-falsely-imprisoned/

I read the book late last week and gave it a five star rating. It was very well written and easy to follow. The stories are tragic but it was interesting to hear first hand experiences based on the author’s many interviews with the wrongly convicted.

The book describes how easily one can be drawn into the system and convicted with little to no evidence. Once trapped in the nightmare, it is difficult (and in many cases impossible) to ever break free and clear ones name.  Most of the wrongly accused in this book firmly believed that the truth would come out at trial — but sadly it didn’t. Imagine the unimaginable horror of being sentenced to life in prison or even worse – sentenced to death for a crime you didn’t commit. I highly recommend the book, as someone who has been advocating for the wrongfully convicted for the past four years.

Lynne Blanchard, Advocate for the wrongfully convicted

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New Books About the David Camm Case Coming Soon

blood spatterUpdate 11/12/15: I was under the impression that 8 Drops of Blood was David Camm’s book that we have all been anticipating. It is another book about the case by authors Tony Baize and Robert Graham that will also be released soon. I will be reading and reviewing both books and publishing in-depth reviews here.

Background: David Camm was finally acquitted in October, 2013 after being wrongfully accused, convicted and tried three times for the murder of his wife, Kimberly Camm and his two young children Brad and Jill. It was a rush to judgement case with a shoddy and dishonest investigation and prosecutors intent on doing anything to win a conviction.   An airtight alibi proved Camm’s innocence, but the prosecution relied on junk science to procure a conviction, tricking the juries in the first two trials into believing that the science was stronger than the alibi. It was deceptive and all of the facts were finally revealed in the third trial and the jury got it right.

I personally became interested in the case in 2012 as I began studying wrongful conviction cases. I soon became convinced of David Camm’s innocence and felt compelled to write several blog articles highlighting the facts of the case. I believe the book will be an excellent source for the public to learn the whole truth about this tragic case.

Overview of Eight Drops of Blood:

Eight Drops of Blood is the forthcoming true crime novel about the murders of Kim Camm and her small children, Bradley and Jill, in rural Georgetown, Indiana on September 28, 2000.  Former Indiana State Trooper David Camm, husband to Kim and father to Brad and Jill, was arrested three days later.  The case has divided the community, with many (if not most) people in Southern Indiana and the Louisville, Kentucky area believing David Camm to be guilty.

The Indiana State Police, David Camm’s former co-workers and friends, zeroed in on him as the prime suspect in the slayings.  They failed to chase down other leads, mainly because they relied on the expertise of Rob Stites, who they believed was a nationally renowned blood spatter analyst.  Rob Stites told police and prosecutors that David Camm’s t-shirt had traces of so-called High Velocity Impact Spatter, which meant that he was standing within four feet of his daughter when she was shot.

Unbeknownst to police and prosecutors, Rob Stites was not an expert.  He was an office assistant for the actual expert hired to review the crime scene.  Within 36 hours of Stites arriving in Southern Indiana, David Camm was arrested based on the guesswork of a forensics novice, even though 11 men asserted that David Camm was playing basketball with them at the time of the murders.

I will post the landing page to David Camm’s book as soon as it becomes available (it should be very soon)!

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Wrongful Conviction Books

I decided to create a blog page to maintain a list of all books related to wrongful conviction including accounts of specific cases, general books that examine the causes of wrongful convictions and forensic books that describe how science impacts these horrible cases.

I recently published a book about a local wrongful conviction case –  Framed With Google Maps – The Truth About the Brad Cooper case. I noticed it was difficult to find books in this genre while searching in online book stores. They are all scattered into various categories such as true crime, criminal procedure, law and others. Book sellers do not have a “wrongful conviction” or “miscarriage of justice” category.

My intent is to feature new books in this category on this blog site and to showcase some of the existing books on the subject. I want this to be a good source for people to learn more about the devastation of wrongful convictions.

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