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Cruel Doubt Joe McGinniss

Cruel Doubt

Joe McGinniss

460 pages
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This book is obviously well-written, but I did not like it. There were too many unanswered questions. I particularly disliked the fact that the jury sentenced one boy to death based on hear-say, incosistent evidence of his supposed two co-conspirators who both had the obvious motive of saving their own skins. So yes, in the United States of America, it is perfectly possible to be sentenced to death without a single shred of physical evidence. That in itself should be argument enough to abolish the death penalty.In the summer of 1988, Bonnie is awakened by the screams of her husband Lieth being bashed to death. She herself barely survives. Down the hall, her daughter Angela sleeps the whole thing through and does not awaken until the police show up. Her son son Chris, away at campus, becomes hysterical but cant find his car keys nor his car and is driven home by the police. The murder investigation moves interminably slowly, until someone off the radar makes a deal and confesses.The problems with how the story played out are mainly the fact that the dinner Lieth at between 7.0 and 8.30 pm is undigested and Bonnie did not call for help until 4.30 am, by which time dinner should have passed through the digestive system. The other issue, of course, is how Angela could possibly sleep through a violen attack on her parents. I did not find these issues sufficiently answered. However, this is real life, and in real life, all ends to not tie up neatly and the truth isnt always told but the people who could tell it.