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Violation By David Rose

Violation
by David Rose

Columbus, Georgia, has been run by the same tiny clique for over 100 years - the members of the all-white Big Eddy Club. This is the story of a fascinating and rotten community whose victims pay the ultimate price.

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Violation: Justice, Race and Serial Murder in the Deep South by David Rose

Columbus, Georgia, has been run by the same tiny clique for over 100 years - the members of the all-white Big Eddy Club. This is the story of a fascinating and rotten community whose victims pay the ultimate price.

Over eight terrifying months in the 1970s, seven elderly women were raped and murdered in Columbus, Georgia, a city of 200,000 people whose history and conservative values are typical of America's Deep South. The victims, who were strangled in their beds with their own stockings, were affluent and white, while the police believed from an early stage that the killer was black. In 1986, eight years after the last murder, an African-American, Carlton Gary, was convicted and sentenced to death. Though many in Columbus doubt his guilt, he is still on death row.

Award-winning reporter David Rose has followed this case for almost a decade, while Gary and his lawyers have fought his legal appeals. He has uncovered important fresh evidence that was hidden from Gary's trial and that suggests that he is innocent, including a cast of the killer's teeth, made from a savage bite wound in the last victim's breast. However, as Rose's investigation proceeded, he came to realise that the dark saga of the Columbus stocking stranglings only makes sense against the background of the city's bloodstained history of racism, lynching and unsolved, politically motivated murder.

`Violation' is a tense and gripping drama, its pages filled with evocatively drawn characters, insidious institutions and the extraordinary connections that bind the past and present. A unique melange of investigative journalism, true crime mystery, personal travelogue and historical scoop, the book is also a compelling, accessible and timely exploration of America's approach to race and criminal justice, addressing the corruption of legal due process as a tool of racial oppression.

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Violation Reviews


`Rose writes eloquently...expertly unpicks the prosecution's line...stunning...this is a dazzlingly reported, supremely elegant book of scholarly confidence.' The Observer

`Rose has fashioned a persuasive narrative of the iniquities of the American criminal justice system as well as a vivid account of the social and racial backdrop to the legal saga.' The Times

`A gripping investigation into America's dark judicial past and, disturbingly, its present.' The Observer

`A gripping and brilliant piece of reporting that both lays bare an appalling miscarriage of justice and exposes its origins in the tortured history of the South. I could not put it down.' Sister Helen Prejean, author of `Dead Man Walking'

`Excellent...Columbus has an intricate history of racism that Rose weaves expertly throughout his narrative...Rose could have opted merely to observe injustice but in undertaking this investigation, he may succeed in saving the life of an innocent man.' Daily Mail

About David Rose


David Rose is one of the country's leading investigative journalists and has revealed several significant miscarriages of justice in the UK, most notably that of Winston Silcott and the Tottenham three. He is the author of four books, including `Regions of the Heart', the highly acclaimed biography of Alison Hargreaves.

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GOR003377420
Violation: Justice, Race and Serial Murder in the Deep South by David Rose
David Rose
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2008-02-04
320
0007118112
9780007118113
Short-listed for CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2008
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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