In 1982, a 21 year-old cocktail waitress in Ada, Oklahoma, called Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered. For five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson – a major league drop-out – and his friend Dennis Fitz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder.
With no physical evidence, the prosecution’s defence was built on hearsay and unreliable testimonies. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence; Ron Williamson was sent to Death Row.
John Grisham’s first work of non-fiction is an exploration of small-town justice gone terribly awry.
‘The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town’ is the first work of non fiction from the internationally bestselling author of legal thrillers, John Grisham.
This extraordinary story, now available on audiobook, tells the true story of Ron Williamson, a former baseball catcher and pitcher who was wrongly convicted for the rape and murder of a 21-year-old cocktail waitress. For five years the police struggled to solve the crime until 1987, when for no clear reason Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz were arrested and charged. Fritz was sentenced to life imprisonment and Williamson was sent to death row.
Addressing unforgiveable injustice within the American legal system and shaking up the controversy surrounding the death penalty, Grisham’s remarkable account tells the story of one man’s battle to prove his innocence as he faces capital punishment. For those who believe in criminal justice and that all men are innocent until proven guilty, this story will shock and horrify with its accounts of insubstantial and farcical police evidence.
This exciting CD audiobook is of exceptional audio quality. It is also available to download as an MP3 file so you can discover this harrowing tale of real life legal negligence in the format of your choice.