WHITMORE

Author: Shapiro (Fred)
Year: 1970
Publisher: Macmillan
Edition Details: 1st UK Edn.
Book Condition: Vg+/Vg+
Price: 7.00
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Hardback. On Friday, April 24, 1964, George Whitmore, a 19yr old American negro, was stopped and questioned by two policemen in Brooklyn, New York. He was taken to the 73rd Precinct station around 7am that morning and kept there without seeing a lawyer or any member of his family, until 6am the next day, by which time he had confessed to 3 murders, an assault and an attempted rape. After more than 2yrs in prison and 5 trials Whitmore was exonerated from all 3 murders. In this book the author recreates the circumstances of the Whitmore case: Whitmore's deprived childhood and listless, unemployed youth, his arrest and the prison ordeal out of which came his 61-page 'voluntary confession'. The author gives a lucid account of the extraordinary complexities of the American judicial system in operation during Whitmore's trials and appeals and pays particular attention to those points of the case which directly influenced the decision in which the US Supreme Court ruled illegal and invalid, any confessions taken under duress or with deprivation of a subject's constitutional rights. 230pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Lightly browned edges, o/w Vg+ in Vg+ dw.

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