Chasing justice: my story of freeing myself after two decades on death row for a crime I didn't commit

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Pub. Date:

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 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.

More Details
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 7170003f-7729-d8bd-f201-cf3607e21f1c
Grouping Title chasing justice my story of freeing myself after two decades on death row for a crime i didn t commi
Grouping Author cook kerry max
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-07-02 04:48:56AM
Last Indexed 2019-08-22 04:51:36AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Cook, Kerry Max, 1956-
author_display Cook, Kerry Max
available_at_arlington Central
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id 7170003f-7729-d8bd-f201-cf3607e21f1c
isbn 006057464
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b13289561 .i12822012 Central Adult Nonfiction 345.764 COOK 1 false false On Shelf Mar 25, 2018 can
itype_arlington Hardback
last_indexed 2019-08-22T08:51:36.605Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 345.764 COOK
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library
Aurora Hills
Columbia Pike
Connection Crystal City
Detention Center
Local History
owning_location_arlington Central
primary_isbn 006057464
publishDate 2007
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b13289561 Book Books English William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2007] 342 pages ; 24.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b13289561 .i12822012 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true 9999
subject_facet Death row inmates -- Texas -- Biography
Judicial error -- Texas
Trials (Murder) -- Texas -- Tyler
Trials (Rape) -- Texas -- Tyler
title_display Chasing justice : my story of freeing myself after two decades on death row for a crime I didn't commit
title_full Chasing justice : my story of freeing myself after two decades on death row for a crime I didn't commit / Kerry Max Cook
title_short Chasing justice :
title_sub my story of freeing myself after two decades on death row for a crime I didn't commit