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Reasonable Doubt

Author: Peter Manso
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743296680
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Chronicles the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington and the ensuing trial and conviction of African-American trash collector Christopher McCowen, revealing the conflicting testimony, crime-scene contamination and police misconduct that have caused many to believe that McCowen is innocent. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.)

Reasonable Doubt

Author: Peter Manso
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439187444
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In January 2002, forty-six-year-old Christa Worthington was found stabbed to death in the kitchen of her Truro, Cape Cod, cottage, her curly-haired toddler clutching her body. A former Vassar girl and scion of a prominent local family, Christa had abandoned a glamorous career as a fashion writer for a simpler life on the Cape, where she had an affair with a married fisherman and had his child. After her murder, evidence pointed toward several local men who had known her. Yet in 2005, investigators arrested Christopher McCowen, a thirty-four-year-old African-American garbage collector with an IQ of 76. The local headlines screamed, “Black Trash Hauler Ruins Beautiful White Family” and “Black Murderer Apprehended in Fashion Writer Slaying,” while the sole evidence against McCowen was a DNA match showing that he’d had sex with Worthington prior to her murder. There were no fingerprints, no witnesses, and although the state medical examiner acknowledged there was no evidence of rape, the defendant was convicted after a five-week trial replete with conflicting testimony, accusations of crime scene contamination, and police misconduct—and was condemned to three lifetime sentences in prison with no parole. Rarely has a homicide trial been refracted so clearly through the prism of those who engineered it, and in Reasonable Doubt, bestselling author and biographer Peter Manso is determined to rectify what has become one of the most grossly unjust verdicts in modern trial history. In his riveting new book he bares the anatomy of a horrific murder—as well as the political corruption and racism that appear to be endemic in one of America’s most privileged playgrounds, Cape Cod. Exhaustively researched and vividly accessible, Reasonable Doubt is a no-holds-barred account of not only Christa Worthington’s murder but also of a botched investigation and a trial that was rife with bias. Manso dug deep into the case, and the results were explosive. The Cape DA indicted the author, threatening him with fifty years in prison. The trial and conviction of Christopher McCowen for rape and murder should worry American citizens, and should prompt us to truly examine the lip service we pay to the presumption of innocence . . . and to reasonable doubt. With this explosive and challenging book Manso does just that.

Invisible Eden

Author: Maria Flook
Publisher: Broadway
ISBN: 0767913760
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Describes how Christa Worthington, a critically acclaimed fashion writer, sought refuge and a simpler life as a single mother on Cape Cod, only to become the victim of a brutal, still unsolved murder on January 6, 2002, in Truro, Massachusetts, in a close-up look at the victim's life, the crime that took her life, her troubled family, and the suspects in the crime. Reprint.

When Evil Rules

Author: Michele R. McPhee
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429925655
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The Cape Cod beach town of Falmouth seemed like a lovely place to visit. But those who lived there year-round knew its other, darker side... Local businessman and infamous bully Melvin Reine had started setting the homes of his so-called enemies on fire. Few of his victims—or even the police—ever dared to implicate him. Because those who did would pay the price... Mysterious events kept creeping up in Falmouth. The disappearance of Melvin's wife, a dead man found in a cranberry bog, a teenager slated to testify against Melvin who boarded a ferry, never to be seen again—was Melvin somehow responsible? Only one police officer, John Busby, had the guts to press him for answers. One day he found himself on the wrong end of a sawed-off shotgun...but managed to survive the attack. This is the shocking true story about what can happen to an all-American town WHEN EVIL RULES.

Ptown

Author: Peter Manso
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743243117
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A portrait of Provincetown, Massachusetts, identifies the area as one of rich and diverse cultural history that houses one of the largest per capita homosexual populations and profiles some of its more famous and notorious residents, including Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, and Marlon Brando. Reprint.

A Death In Belmont

Author: Sebastian Junger
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393077377
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A fatal collision of three lives in the most intriguing and original crime story since In Cold Blood. In the spring of 1963, the quiet suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts, is rocked by a shocking sex murder that exactly fits the pattern of the Boston Strangler. Sensing a break in the case that has paralyzed the city of Boston, the police track down a black man, Roy Smith, who cleaned the victim's house that day and left a receipt with his name on the kitchen counter. Smith is hastily convicted of the Belmont murder, but the terror of the Strangler continues. On the day of the murder, Albert DeSalvo—the man who would eventually confess in lurid detail to the Strangler's crimes—is also in Belmont, working as a carpenter at the Jungers' home. In this spare, powerful narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles three lives that collide—and ultimately are destroyed—in the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America.

A Terrible Thunder

Author: Peter Hernon
Publisher: Garrett County Press
ISBN: 9781891053481
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On New Year's Eve in New Orleans, 1972 Mark James Essex began one of the most violent and deadly sniper attacks on policemen that any American city had ever seen. It was yet another tragic journey down the road of race hatred, and before it ended one week later, hundreds of heavily armed police and a Marine Corps assault helicopter would be called to a burning downtown hotel to battle phantom gunmen who refused to surrender or to be killed.

Mailer

Author: Peter Manso
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416562869
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An authorized narrative profile of the late iconic writer and political figure draws on the insights of forefront twentieth-century contemporaries, including George Plimpton, William F. Buckley Jr., and Allen Ginsburg to assess his private life and public achievements. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

The Man In The Monster

Author: Martha Elliott
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143109472
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"Michael Ross was a serial killer who raped and murdered eight young women between 1981 and 1984. In 2005, the state of Connecticut put him to death by lethal injection. His crimes were horrific, and he paid the ultimate price for them. Journalist Martha Elliott was first drawn to the case when the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned Ross's six death sentences. Rather than fight for his life, Ross requested that his own execution in order to spare his victims' families from the ordeal of a new trial. Intrigued, Elliott sought an interview. The two began a weekly conversation--and developed an odd sort of friendship--that lasted over a decade, until Ross's last moments of life. Having embraced faith and undergone extensive medical treatment in prison, the Michael Ross whom Elliott knew seemed to be a different man from the monster who was capable of such heinous crimes. This Michael Ross made it his mission to share his story with Elliott in the hopes that it would save lives. In The Man in the Monster, Martha Elliott gives us a groundbreaking look into the life and motivation of a serial killer, revealing the all-too-human face of unspeakable evil."--Page 4 of cover

Brando

Author: Peter Manso
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ISBN: 9781857977332
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This book reveals the story Brando wished to keep secret.Manso spent seven yearsresearching this book of aliving legend