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Bloodsworth

The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence
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Charged with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in Maryland's gas chamber. Maintaining his innocence, he read everything on criminal law available in the prison library and persuaded a new lawyer to petition for the then-innovative DNA testing. After nine years in one of the harshest prisons in America, Kirk Bloodsworth became the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence. He was pardoned by the governor of Maryland and has gone on to become a tireless spokesman against capital punishment. Bloodsworth's story speaks for 159 others who were wrongly convicted and have since been released and for the thousands still in prison waiting for DNA testing.

©2005 Tim Junkin and Kirk Bloodworth (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Great work. Has changed my mind about the death penalty completely. Thank you and Gods Bless

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  • Jean
  • 16-08-18

Very Good, but Hard Read for Me

If you, like me, find it extremely scary as well as horrendously unjust for an innocent man to be subjected to incarceration, you may have trouble reading this book, even though you know he will eventually be exonerated. This truly is a great read; I encourage you to choose to read it despite any misgivings you may have.
The narrator is excellent also.

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  • Pamela Mann
  • 26-05-18

Injustice Denied

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but right from the beginning, the story pulled me in and had me rooting for Kirk. If you really need something to be righteously indignant about, this is your book. Regardless of your opinion on the death penalty, this will give you serious pause. It's a fascinating look at both how death penalty cases are decided and on the use of DNA evidence in deciding these cases.

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  • S.D. in MD
  • 09-10-18

wow! Compelling story and well written.

I like the way the story was written, starting with the info that DNA exonerates Kirk. Then the story explains the horrific crime, Kirk's life before arrest and works it's way through the 2 trials, with 2 different judges and the mistakes made in the investigation (primarily with the "witnesses").