Anatomy of a Confession: The Debra Milke Case by Gary L. Stuart

By Gary L. Stuart

Anatomy of a Confession is the tale of the 1990 homicide trial of Debra Milke. males -- James Styers, a relations buddy and unmarried father of a year-old daughter, and his buddy, Roger Scott - murdered Debra's 4 year-old son within the Arizona wilderness. certainly one of them implicated the boy's mom. Even prior to Debra was once puzzled, the police hung a accountable tag on her. Debra Milke spent twenty-three years on loss of life row for the homicide of her four-year-old son established exclusively on a confession she by no means gave. this is often additionally the tale of Detective Armando Saldate, his historical past of coercing confessions and violating Miranda criteria, and the function the Phoenix Police division performed within the cover-up and misconduct in its dealing with of the Milke research. ultimately, Anatomy of a Confession examines the prosecutor who possibly knew approximately Detective Saldate's earlier and that the "confession" used to be most likely bogus, but additionally knew that with no it, he had no case opposed to Debra. just like the best possible of actual crime narratives, Anatomy of a Confession is a vibrant and surprising reminder of what America's vaunted presumption of innocence is all approximately and the way extraordinarily fallacious issues can move whilst the legal justice procedure is abused by means of the very humans intended to uphold it.

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