By David Kerekes
By Brooks Blevins
captured the eye of a state at the cusp of the good melancholy. nationwide press from coast to coast ran tales of the sensational exploits of night-riding moonshiners, strong "Barons of the Hills," and an international of feudal oppression within the isolation of the rugged Ozarks. the consequent arrest of 5 neighborhood males for either crimes and the confusion and superstition surrounding the trial and conviction gave Stone County a doubtful and short-lived notoriety. heavily studying how the tale and its neighborhood atmosphere have been interpreted by way of the media, Brooks Blevins recounts the gripping occasions of the homicide research and trial, the place a guy claiming to be the homicide victim--the "Ghost" of the Ozarks--appeared to testify. neighborhood stipulations in Stone County, which had no electrical energy and just one long-distance cellphone line, annoyed the dozen or extra newshounds who came across their strategy to the agricultural Ozarks, and the advancements following the arrests frequently caused newshounds' caricatures of the zone: accusations of imposture and madness, revelations of hidden pasts and assumed names, and threats of common violence. Ghost of the Ozarks: homicide and reminiscence within the Upland South entertains readers with a dramatic story of actual crime in addition to a talented interpretation of the sector. all through this narrative, Blevins weaves a worldly social heritage of the Ozarks within the early 20th century, severely examining the stereotypes and imagery inherent in neighborhood folklore and embedded in media assurance of the homicide and trial. finding the earlier of the Upland South squarely in the significant currents of yankee background, Blevins paints a powerful backdrop to a narrative that, greater than eighty years later, continues to be riddled with secret and a resource of sour department locally the place a few think Connie Franklin met his end.
By Diana Britt Franklin
By Meredith Lentz Adams
An specialist dissection of the crime, its witnesses, and Washington’s transferring targets. homicide and Martial Justice is an effective homicide secret, in keeping with an excellent exam of a few of the contradictions and worsening bureaucratic villains.”—Arnold Krammer, writer of Nazi Prisoners of conflict in the US and Undue procedure: The Untold tale of America’s German Alien Internees
During international battle II, the U.S. maintained mystery interrogation camps in violation of the Geneva Convention—one simply south of Washington, D.C., and the opposite close to San Francisco. German POWs who gone through those camps briefed their fellow prisoners, caution them of turncoats who have been supporting the enemy—the United States—pry secrets and techniques from them. the sort of turncoats, Werner Drechsler, was once betrayed and murdered via these he spied on.
U.S. army specialists reacted harshly to Drechsler’s demise, even if he was once now not the 1st captive to be assassinated by way of his fellow POWs. How had army intelligence been compromised? have been fanatical Nazis terrorizing their countrymen on American soil? may Hitler take reprisals opposed to the GIs he held if the U.S. didn't defend the German POWs from violence and loss of life whereas restricted on the interrogation camps? At one of many mystery camps, U.S. officers pressured Drechsler’s seven murderers to admit. the following challenge confronted via specialists used to be find out how to court-martial them while their confessions have been legally invalid. Their mystery trial was once stage-managed to carry loss of life sentences whereas it seems that complying with U.S. and foreign law.
This provided U.S. professionals with additional difficulties. The Geneva conference entitled the prisoners’ governments to the whole proof approximately their crimes, trials, and sentencing. regardless of escalating German court cases, the battle division followed a coverage of giving as little info as attainable approximately any of different POW homicide trials so as to keep away from liberating inconvenient evidence in regards to the Drechsler case. Unsurprisingly, the Reich all started sentencing GIs to demise. playing with American lives, the conflict division stalled each German try to alternate those males for the convicted German murderers until eventually the warfare ended. each American was once stored; each German yet one was once hanged.
The Drechsler case foreshadows present controversies: inventive circumvention of the Geneva conference, mystery interrogation facilities, torture, and the resultant challenge of ways to supply a good trial to prisoners coerced into self-incrimination. writer Meredith Lentz Adams sees a well-known trend of cover-ups, resulting in problems with public and diplomacy. not like fresh guidelines, she issues out how leaders in the course of global struggle II felt limited via their recognize for Geneva and via worry of retribution opposed to their very own soldiers.
Murder and Martial Justice is an engaging and provocative e-book that might attract people with an curiosity in international battle II, POWs, overseas legislation, overseas coverage, and precise crime history.
By Helen Reade
By Kathy Cruz
The activities of a small-town police division and people inside Dallas County's ruthless justice process created an ideal typhoon that swept up the younger mom and landed her on loss of life row. There she has remained, in a nine-feet-by-six-feet telephone, regardless of claims of her innocence by means of those that be aware of her, findings in regards to the alarming fallibility of bloodstain research, and her husband's admission that on the time of the murders he used to be soliciting aid to degree a house housebreaking to devote coverage fraud.
In Dateline Purgatory, award-winning journalist Kathy Cruz enlists current-day felony specialists to weigh in at the stunning transgressions that ended in one of many country's so much arguable dying penalty convictions.
With the aid of the notorious dying row inmate and a former FBI precise Agent often called “Crimefighter,” Cruz may locate that her trip via Purgatory was once as a lot approximately herself because it used to be concerning the girl dubbed “Dallas’s Susan Smith.”
stopover at the author's site at http://datelinepurgatory.com/
By Richard A. Serrano
By Michael W. Sheetz
was rocked by way of a chain of sensational murders, sparking
a thirty-year felony justice saga. every week of brutal,
seemingly random killings culminated within the provocation
and deadly capturing of Patrolman Leonard Miller, an officer
new to town of Apollo�s police strength and in simple terms twenty one
years previous. Little greater than a yr later, males were
convicted of the rash of homicides and sentenced to death�
yet either are alive this present day. Incorporating info of the central
characters� own lives in addition to the state�s courtroom system,
criminologist Michael W. Sheetz the following relays the bleak story
of the so-called �kill for thrill� crime spree with the drama
of a novelist and the perception of an officer of the law.
By Dave Shampine,Raymond O. Polett,Paul Ewasko,Lisa Caputo
By Joseph Hickman,Jesse Ventura
Based on hundreds of thousands of presidency files, over in-depth scientific case reviews, and interviews with a couple of thousand veterans and active-duty GIs, The Burn Pits will surprise the state. The e-book is greater than an explosive paintings of investigative journalismit is the deeply relocating chronicle of the numerous younger women and men who signed as much as serve their nation within the wake of 9-11, in basic terms to come domestic completely broken, the sufferers in their personal military’ felony negligence.