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Book Review: The Story Of Debra Sue Carter

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A town called Ada in Oklahoma was the home of Debra Sue Carter, a young and beautiful waitress. On a winter night in 1982, Debra Carter was raped and murdered in her apartment. An investigation is held but leads nowhere until weak evidence points toward Ron Williamson. Williamson resides in Ada, he is known for being a nuisance. But that wasn’t always the case for Ron, in high school he was on top of the world. Ron was a gifted athlete in baseball, he was drafted into the minor leagues and from there he started on his journey to become a part of the majors. But unfortunately the major leagues weren’t in Ron’s future due to an injury. Now in adulthood, Ron has been on a downward spiral. His life is consumed by clubs, drinking, and drugs.
Night after night, Ron continues to do what Ron does. It isn’t uncommon if he spends so time in the local jail, normal for just being a public nuisance. One night Ron meets and befriends Dennis Fritz, who is also leading a rather miserable life in a small town. Both of the men are lonely and come together for company.
At one point in the novel, Carter’s potential murderer is Glen Gore – has a history violence against women. But the lead detectives on her case – Dennis Smith and Gary Rogers – rather quickly dismiss Gore as a suspect. Over five years later, in 1987 Williamson and Fritz are arrested for the rape and murder of Debra Carter and both were charged with capital murder. Even without physical evidences, the prosecution’s case was solely built upon the basis of snitches testimonies in the jail, flimsy evidence, and forced “dream confusions.” Ron Williamson was sentenced to death row and Dennis Fritz was given life in prison.
Throughout the whole novel, the reader can easily see the aggressiv...

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...roughout our country, especially in small towns. The likelihood of Williamson’s and Fritz’s story of happening in a city is rather unlikely. This is because in a city there is more people to point the finger at and not everybody has heard of you.
In conclusion, this novel was about an unfortunate conviction of Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz and the abuse of power in Ada. Innocent Man, kind of sort of has a happy ending, both of the men are released but the damage was already done. This novel has shown me that even though in our country one is innocent until proven guilty, there are some justice systems in our country that don’t exactly follow that. I have learned that sometimes it is better to lawyer up (aka shut up) to avoid a lot of headaches even if you didn’t commit the crime. The novel is rather on the depressing side but the legal outcome can be satisfying.
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