By Barry Siegel
In this amazing felony page-turner, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Barry Siegel recounts the dramatic, decades-long saga of invoice Macumber, imprisoned for thirty-eight years for a double murder he denies committing. within the spring of 1962, a faculty bus packed with scholars stumbled throughout a mysterious crime scene on an remoted stretch of Arizona desolate tract: an deserted vehicle and our bodies. This brutal homicide of a tender couple bewildered the sheriff ’s division of Maricopa County for years. regardless of a couple of promising leads—including numerous chilling confessions from Ernest Valenzuela, a violent repeat offender—the case went chilly. greater than a decade later, a clerk within the sheriff ’s division, Carol Macumber, got here ahead to inform police that her estranged husband had confessed to the murders. although the proof linking invoice Macumber to the incident was once questionable, he used to be arrested and charged with the crime. in the course of his trial, the pass judgement on refused to permit the confession of now-deceased Ernest Valenzuela to be admitted as proof partially end result of the attorney-client privilege. invoice Macumber was once chanced on to blame and sentenced to existence in prison.
The case, rife with amazing irregularities, attracted the sustained involvement of the Arizona Justice venture, one of many first and most valuable of the non-profit teams that symbolize sufferers of show up injustice around the nation. With extra twists and turns than a Hollywood motion picture, Macumber’s tale illuminates startling, frightening truths approximately our justice procedure, which stored a probably blameless guy locked up for nearly 40 years, and introduces readers to the generations of devoted attorneys who by no means stopped engaged on his behalf, attorneys who finally completed beautiful effects. With specified journalistic aspect, intimate entry and masterly storytelling, Barry Siegel will switch your realizing of yankee jurisprudence, police approach, and what constitutes justice in our nation this present day.