CBS wrongfully convicts the Ramseys

I’m a fan of true crime stories and stories involving the criminal justice system. I also follow cases of wrongful convictions. After watching the CBS special The Case of: JonBenet Ramsy, I felt like I had just witnessed a wrongful conviction. In wrongful convictions, there are often some common mistakes that investigators make: They tend […]

Review of Similar Transactions

Review of Similar Transactions by S.R. Reynolds. Rating ***** Similar Transactions tells the true story of serial rapist Larry Lee Smith, who preyed on adolescent girls. The author, Sasha Reynolds, became interested in learning more about Larry Lee Smith after he became a suspect in the murder of one of her son’s classmates. As the […]

Review of Evicted

Review of Evicted by Matthew Desmond Rating **** 1/2 Evicted is an unflinching look at poverty in America. The author follows several families as they deal with a multitude of problems from health and mental issues to the compounding problems associated with eviction. The events described in this book take place in 2008 and 2009, […]

Must see documentary A Murder in the Park

Review of A Murder in the Park directed by Brandon Kimber and Shawn Rech Rating ***** Everyone likes a story of a wrongfully convicted individual finally set free once the truth is revealed. I distinctly remember this story. A man just days away from execution is suddenly set free thanks to the work of a college […]

Florida’s inhumane treatment of Mark DeFriest

Review of The Mind of Mark DeFriest written and directed by Gabriel London ***** Anyone with any knowledge of our criminal justice system can tell you that it is unfair, unjust, and broken. The story of Mark DeFriest’s inhumane treatment at the hands of the Florida penal system proves it beyond any reasonable doubt. I […]

Review of Shenandoah

Review of Shenandoah directed by David Turnley Rating ***** This is one documentary that should go on everyone’s must watch list. Released in 2012, the themes of race, immigration, poverty, and injustice resonate in today’s political climate. I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania very much like the one highlighted in this film. […]

New release Scapegoat!

Readers of this blog may know that I am also an author. My first book 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 tells the true story of an airliner that ditched in the Caribbean Sea and the efforts to rescue those who survived. On August 1, I released my second […]

Review of Failure of Justice

Review of Failure of Justice: A Brutal Murder, An Obsessed Cop, Six Wrongful Convictions by John Ferak Rating ***** Most people are of the belief that no one would ever confess to a crime they did not commit. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of innocent people have served time or are currently serving time as a result […]

Review of We Are Not Such Things

Review of We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation by Justine van der Leun Rating **** I received an advance review copy of this book. At first glance, the title We Are Not Such Things does not shed a great […]

Review of The Walk

Review of The Walk written by Robert Zemeckis and Christopher Browne directed by Robert Zemeckis Rating ***** I had planned to see this film when it first came out. I waited what seemed like a week or two at the most and it was gone. The movie got good reviews. I read a few early […]

Find your next eBook on Book Swag

I’m always on the lookout for great books at great prices. Finding those books is another matter. I recently learned of a new site that hopes to help in the discovery process by sending subscribers once a week e-mails with the latest eBook offers. The service is free. Just subscribe to the Book Swag email […]

Keith Giammanco the Boonie Hat Bandit

Review of Bank Notes: The True Story of the Boonie Hat Bandit written by Keith and Caroline Giammanco Rating **** I have written extensively about the criminal justice system on this site. Most of the time I am writing about wrongful convictions. This story is unlike any of the others that I have covered. That’s […]

The latest from Chibi Moku

As someone who spends a great deal of time staring down at the earth from 30,000 feet and up, I am always curious about life below me. I wrote about those feelings in the post life and death at 37,000 feet. When you get away from the big cities, this country is mostly vast expanses […]

Review of The Inconsequential Child

Review of The Inconsequential Child by Anthony Martino Rating **1/2 I don’t normally read this type of book. I seldom review self help books. But I was approached by someone representing the author (who used a pseudonym to write the book) to take a look. So after finishing the book I was faced with a […]

Review of Prisoner in the Kitchen

Review of Prisoner in the Kitchen: The Car Thief, the Murderer, and the Man Hired to Feed Them by William Bonham Rating **** This short book won an award for memoir writing. I learned about it through AARP magazine, one of the sponsors of the award. It’s the story of a man hired to work […]