Bloodsworth : The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-10-09
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Charged with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in Maryland's gas chamber. From the beginning, he proclaimed his innocence, but when he was granted a new trial because his prosecutors improperly withheld evidence, the second trial also resulted in conviction; this time he was sentenced to two consecutive life terms. In jail Bloodsworth read every book on criminal law available in the prison library. When he stumbled across the first use (in England) of genetic fingerprinting, he persuaded a new lawyer to try for the then innovative DNA testing. After nine years in one of the harshest prisons in the country, Kirk Bloodsworth was vindicated by DNA evidence. He was pardoned by the governor of Maryland and has gone on to become a tireless spokesman against capital punishment. Bloodsworth exposes the details of inevitable human error in a capital murder case and in a legal system gone awry. And it tells the story of how one man, through dogged tenacity and courage, saved his own life and the lives of many other innocent men on death row. This is a page-turner of a book that will move hearts and change minds.

Author Biography

Tim Junkin is a lawyer and award-winning novelist. He lives in Maryland

Table of Contents

I A Stain Lifted 1(24)
II A Crime in Fontana Village 25(16)
III A Composite, a Profile, a Gambit 41(62)
IV Trial and Error 103(66)
V The Death House 169(26)
VI Broken Justice 195(42)
VII Freedom 237(42)
Epilogue 279(8)
Author's Note and Acknowledgments 287(2)
Bibliography 289

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