In Anatomy of Innocence, Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted edited by Laura Caldwell and Leslie S. Klinger, we are introduced to a series of injustices. A variety of noted authors have compiled the stories they have told about those eventually exonerated of the crimes they were accused of and found guilty of committing. In the retellings we hear their fear of never being, and their relief at finally, being heard. Lives were changed and years were lost due to lack of investigation, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or sometimes just faulty witnessing.
Some of the best authors of our time, Sara Paretsky, Lee Child and Phillip M. Margolin, along with a host of others have come together to compile their interviews and stories of those wrongfully convicted. As you delve into this work you will find the questions and wonder at the belief in our system of justice. Allowing their faith in the system and their own knowledge of innocence, they continue to strike out at the injustice, alternating between anger, confusion, and in the end the blessing of being found innocent.
Each author uses their own technique to bring the light to life in their interviews and you will enjoy how each is able to capture the true essence of those who have finally found exoneration. You can feel the angst of the person who is in a state of disbelief, and as you follow the road of those who help them find their freedom, you have to wonder how it all goes so wrong in some cases.
Due to the mistakes, the victim in these cases are double fold. Both the initial victim of the crime itself and then the incarceration of the innocent accused. It is difficult to imagine the amount of fortitude it takes to continue trying to clear your name, while there is so much against you. Yet the strength of belief in both their innocence and our justice system give them the ability to continue on–to find that one believer in their innocence, the one who can turn the tide.
If you enjoy true crime, you will find this to be very interesting. Each story is separate and yet you can see the many issues that connect as they are finally found innocent.
This work would be just the thing for a reading or discussion group. There is a great deal to discuss and debate.