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Book Review: Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom

By Susan Elizabeth Reese

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Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom

By Barry Siegel
Henry Holt and Co. (2013)
 

Manifest Injustice is energetic, engaging, and emotional. The true tale of a murder mystery spanning half a century, it contrasts shoddy police work with energetic investigation by law students. It is a tale  featuring hope and despair, and is an incredible saga for 21st century, scientifically savvy America.

In 1962, students found the dead bodies of a young couple, Joyce Sterrenberg and Tim McKillop, in the desert north of Scottsdale, Ariz. Each had been shot twice in the head but was otherwise unharmed. Each was fully clothed, wallets and jewelry untouched.

The murders baffled law enforcement until the summer of 1974. Then, Phoenix housewife Carol Macumber, interviewed after someone fired a shot into her estranged husband’s kitchen, told a strange tale. She denied culpability for the shooting, but she claimed William Macumber, h

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