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Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn't Commit

Chasing Justice My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn t Commit Kerry Cook is an innocent man who wrongly served two decades in Texas s notorious death house for the brutal rape and murder of year old Linda Jo Edwards His struggle for freedom is said to be

  • Title: Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn't Commit
  • Author: Kerry Max Cook
  • ISBN: 9780060574642
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kerry Cook is an innocent man who wrongly served two decades in Texas s notorious death house for the brutal 1977 rape and murder of 21 year old Linda Jo Edwards His struggle for freedom is said to be one of the worst cases of police and prosecutorial misconduct in American history.In the summer of 1977, Cook was staying in Tyler, TX He met an attractive young woman nameKerry Cook is an innocent man who wrongly served two decades in Texas s notorious death house for the brutal 1977 rape and murder of 21 year old Linda Jo Edwards His struggle for freedom is said to be one of the worst cases of police and prosecutorial misconduct in American history.In the summer of 1977, Cook was staying in Tyler, TX He met an attractive young woman named Linda Edwards and was invited back to her apartment for a drink and left his fingerprints on the sliding glass door Four days later, Ms Edwards was found brutally murdered When the police dusted for prints, they found Cook s and immediately arrested him Edward Jackson testified that Cook confessed to the murder during a jailhouse conversation Jackson was set free, only to kill again several years later Cook, on the other hand, was convicted and sentenced to death.He was thrown into a world for which no one could be prepared, and he survived beatings, sexual abuse, and depression all the while, he fought against a justice system that was determined to keep him quiet and loath to admit a mistake Through the work of a crusading group of lawyers who forced a series of retrials, his case made its way to the U.S Supreme Court, which ordered the case be reconsidered It wasn t until the spring of 1999 that Cook was finally able to put the nightmare behind him long suppressed DNA evidence had linked James Mayfield, Linda Edwards s ex lover, to the crime.

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    1. I picked this book up on the recommendation of podcaster Bob Ruff of Truth and Justice fame. There are many things to be said about this book, but prime among those, I must mention how hard this book was to read. Not only was it endlessly repetitive in listing injustices perpetrated by the prosecution and judges, but with the author also portraying himself as almost a simpleton swept up by the system with no real understanding of what was happening to him, it made the protagonist fairly unlikabl [...]

    2. **3.5 stars** I found this a fascinating read yet there were a few problems that kept me from rating it higher.

    3. This has to be the most frightening book I have ever read. This is the story of a young man (20) who was railroaded into a death sentence by the Smith County Prosecutors in Tyler Texas. He was eventually exonerated after nearly 22 years on Death Row, multiple courts - all the way to the US Supreme Court, overturning the convictions not once but three times. This book shows how the wins and the careers are often placed above truth and justice. In the end, the only exoneration came in 1999 after D [...]

    4. "Jerry Joe Byrd suffered a massive heart attack on the eve of his execution. Medical officials saved him long enough so that he could still be alive to execute." -- For what reason?!This book will have you questioning your opinion of the "justice" system and capital crimes punishable by execution. Seeing injustice first hand from a family member wrongfully accused and imprisoned for many years, this book really hits home. Definitely a page turner! Cook will have you flipping through the pages as [...]

    5. I read this book because of the Truth and Justice podcast and, while I care very much about the subject matter, the writing was absolutely terrible. It would have benefited from quite a bit of editing and/or a ghostwriter. It was like reading a cheesy lifetime movie. Of course the subject matter is serious and what Cook went through was appalling, but the quality of the writing ended up taking the focus away from the seriousness of the subject matter and made Cook come off as really unlikable.

    6. It's a riveting story but unfortunately it reads like a made-for-tv movie. And wtf is up with "Momma and Daddy" and the a little-too-brotherly love for his brother? Freaky.

    7. 2 1/2 disappointing stars. See my full review hereMy rating: C-My review: I'm going to say right off the bat that I only read this book because of the Truth & Justice podcast. Bob (the host) asked us to read it relating to a case he'll be discussing. I hope the case we're discussing is good because this book was BORING.Kerry Max Cook was convicted of rape and murder in Tyler, Texas in 1978. He maintained his innocence the entire time. There were SO many plot holes in this book. Here are a fe [...]

    8. Leila HabayebIndependent ReadingJanuary 2013"Chasing Justice- Kerry Max Cook- 352 pages"Adult Chasing Justice is a novel by Kerry Max Cook, about his own life and his story of "freeing [himself] after two decades on death row for a crime [he] didn't commit." Kerry Cook is an innocent man who in 1977, was wrongly convicted for the rape and murder of a 21 year old girl in his town. The novel is an incredible story of perseverance, dedication, positivity, hope, faith and never giving up. I really e [...]

    9. I read this book after hearing about it from the "Truth and Justice" podcast with Bob Ruff. He's currently knee-deep in two cases out of Smith County, Texas, both of which involve two convicted murderers--Kenny Snow and Edward Ates--who have always maintained their innocence. Both of these cases involve shoddy investigation and questionable prosecutorial ethics and conduct. Kerry Max Cook's story precedes these two; Cook's case is known as one of the worst cases of prosecutorial misconduct in th [...]

    10. Our cataloguer at work finished reading it, and she was extolling it to anyone who would listen. She donated her copy to the library, and she had it processed within the hour for circulation. Given her passion for it, I got curious, so I checked it out. I am told it will be an engrossing read. While this book genre is not usually what I like reading, she made it sound interesting. Plus the events happened here in Tyler, TX, so the local story now interests me as well. We'll see how it goes. * * [...]

    11. After listening to the Serial podcast, and hearing Bob Ruff of Serial Dynasty (now Truth and Justice) recommend this book, I thought nothing in it would surprise me. I was wrong. This case went so above and beyond the worst behavior of people in power, it sickened and enraged me. So many times my mouth literally dropped reading this, well after I thought justice would finally be served. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book for EVERYONE. It is an eye-opener to what really goes on in our legal system. I f [...]

    12. An utterly disturbing recount of the "justice" system. As I delved further and further into this book, I couldn't believe the flagrant corruption. It's incredible to believe this is a true story, it seems like a joke; how can the justice system be this corrupt, how did this happen to such a blatantly innocent victim?! I found myself cringing at the situations, but not able to put the book down. I just kept reading and reading, growing more and more disgusted, but needing to know when and how thi [...]

    13. After listening to Bob Ruff's Truth and Justice podcast, I felt I had to read this. It is a very colloquial first person account of one of the most infamous cases of prosecutorial misconduct in modern history. At times it was quite compelling, at times it was almost borderline unreadable. There seemed to be a lot of loose threads and throwaway lines in Kerry Cook's account. I thought he could have addressed some of the details a bit more to make the reader even more sympathetic to him. I'd like [...]

    14. Cook isn't a fancy, nuanced writer but he doesn't have to be. His writing style was developed while working to exonerate himself from a baseless capital murder charge. His case is the worst ever one of police and prosecutorial misconduct in Texas history. Well, it's the worst one ever to come to light. This should be required reading for anyone who supports the death penalty. It's very good idea reading for people who oppose it because as bad as you think the system is, it's worse in Texas.

    15. This is a truly frightening book about our justice system. I thought I believed in the perfection of our courts until I read this book. It gives new meaning to being portrayed as guilty by the media and having that affect a person's trial.Also a scary look at an innocent man's journey through the prison system. Wow!I could hardly contain myself. I had to stop my hand from flipping forward in the book to see what happened next a few times. What a journey!

    16. This was difficult to read, not because of the writing, but because of the egregious prosecutorial misconduct that kept Kerry Max Cook on death row for 21 years. His story is heartbreaking and hope-inducing. And it's a reminder just how broken our criminal justice system is and that there are many more men and women who are innocent but sentenced to death.

    17. This sounded so intriguing--and, indeed, I think it had the potential to be fascinating, but I wish they'd hired a ghostwriter. The writing was terrible, and the story dragged (in opposite directions simultaneously, sometimes), and the author/victim was so unlikeable that I found myself not feeling very sympathetic to his plight. Oops.

    18. This crime happened in Tyler in 1977 and I was mildly interested in it at the time. It is very well written and had some surprises. It makes me question a lot of authority systems. A graphic picture of life on death row.

    19. It is maddening what Cook lived through. He is an important advocate for death-penalty-issues and legislation. This is an important read for anyone who feels strongly (or at all) about death penalty issues.

    20. I thought this was a horrifyingly fantastic book. As a lawyer, I am appalled that such a blatant miscarriage of justice could be carried out and covered up for so long.

    21. - a frightening and brutal read- from the jacket: "“The incredible story of this enforced visit to hell and back is a modern day version of Dante and Kafka.” (Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School)

    22. Excruciatingly honest book. Heartbreaking, infuriating and terrifying all at once. Everyone should read this book and do something, anything, to right the wrongs in our broken system of "justice".

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