In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A’s, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory.
Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits—drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa.
In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder.
With no physical evidence, the prosecution’s case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row.
If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.
About the Author
Sid Salter, Starkville, Mississippi, is Chief Communications Officer at Mississippi State University. He has been a Mississippi syndicated political columnist for more than thirty years.
Dennis Boutsikaris, winner of "AudioFile" Magazine s 2010 Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense, has recorded more than 100 audiobooks for publishers in the United States and Great Britain. His critically-acclaimed work has garnered four Golden Earphone awards and two Best Voices of the Year Awards from "AudioFile" Magazine and five Audies from the Audio Publishers of America. His performances include reading novels by Richard North Patterson, Tom Clancy, John Grisham, and Joseph Finder.
Boutsikaris has appeared in numerous Broadway, television, and film roles. He played Mozart on Broadway in "Amadeus", and has appeared on television shows including "Shameless", "The Good Wife", "House M.D"., "Grey s Anatomy, ER and Law & Order". He has won two Obie Awards one for Outstanding Performance in "Nest of the Wood Grouse" and one for Outstanding Performance in "Sight Unseen". His films include "The Bourne Legacy, W., The Education of Charlie Banks, *batteries not included, Dream Team, Boys on the Side, "and" Crocodile Dundee 2."
“A gritty, harrowing, true-crime story.” —Time
“A triumph.” —Seattle Times
“Grisham has crafted a legal thriller every bit as suspenseful and fast-paced as his best-selling fiction.” —Boston Globe
From the Paperback edition.