Review of 13th

Review of the Netflix original 13th written and directed by Ava DuVernay Rating ***** I’ve been covering the broken criminal justice system on this site for a while. You can find many reviews of books on the subject here. But film has a way of condensing complex issues and making them easier to grasp. Such […]

The bizarre story of John McAfee

I’ve seen documentaries about innocent people finally freed thanks to new evidence. I’ve seen one documentary where a guilty person is set free, and in his place, an innocent person is sent to prison (See A Murder in the Park). But this is the first documentary I’ve seen with evidence of guilt pointing to an […]

A Whispersync deal

Review of Murder in the Yoga Store by Peter Ross Range Rating **** Since discovering Whispersync, I’ve found myself gravitating toward books available in both eBook and audio. Amazon already offers the Audible narration at a reduced price once you purchase the eBook. The book Murder in the Yoga Store by Peter Ross Range along […]

Review of American Pain

Review of American Pain by John Temple Rating ***** I was aware that there was an opium epidemic, but I didn’t know the specifics of how, when, and where it all started. This book was an eye opener. My ill-informed view of the opium problem was that people who were addicted to pain medication were […]

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 […]