The Resource Burned : a story of murder and the crime that wasn't, Edward Humes

Burned : a story of murder and the crime that wasn't, Edward Humes

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Burned : a story of murder and the crime that wasn't
Title
Burned
Title remainder
a story of murder and the crime that wasn't
Statement of responsibility
Edward Humes
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Was a monstrous killer brought to justice or an innocent mother condemned? On an April night in 1989, three small children perished in a Los Angeles apartment fire. Their young mother, Jo Ann Parks, escaped unharmed, the sole survivor and only eyewitness. Though they at first believed the fire had been a tragic accident, forensic fire investigators soon uncovered evidence that Parks had sabotaged wiring, set several fires herself, and even barricaded her four-year-old son inside a closet to make sure he could not escape. Parks was labeled a monster. Even though she insisted she did nothing wrong, Jo Ann Parks was tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole on the power of forensic fire science that convincingly proved her guilt. But more than a quarter century later, there has been a revolution in the science of fire. Much of what was thought to be incontrovertible in 1989 has been revealed to be myth and guesswork disguised as science. Now a young lawyer with the California Innocence Project is challenging the conviction and the so-called "science" behind it, claiming that false assumptions, tunnel vision and outright bias not only led to life in prison for an innocent mother, but convicted her of a crime that never actually happened. Will Jo Ann Parks be exonerated? Or can prosecutors dredge up enough procedural roadblocks and evidence from the ashes to make sure Jo Ann Parks dies in prison? Parks could well be "Patient Zero" in an epidemic of convictions based on bad science, but only if she wins. No matter how her last-ditch effort for freedom turns out, someone will be left burned. More than a gripping detective story, Burned is a shocking tale that upends the almost universal confidence we have in flawed forensics--the "CSI" so long-celebrated in fiction and film--that has put thousands in prison as our justice system chose to embrace junk science over protecting the innocent"--
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Humes, Edward
Dewey number
364.152/3092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV9475.C2
LC item number
.H86 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Parks, Jo Ann
  • Women prisoners
  • Female offenders
  • Mothers
  • Malicious accusation
  • Arson investigation
  • Trials (Murder)
Label
Burned : a story of murder and the crime that wasn't, Edward Humes
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-293) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one: A long fuse lit. April 9, 1989 ; 1,100 degrees ; Firefighting ; Statements ; Victims ; Arson expert ; Three days in October 1991 -- Part two: Stirring the ashes. The pit ; Growing up Jo Ann ; They told me I couldn't ; It's all gonna come out in the end ; Everything which is not law ; "If I am wrong, then everything I have ever been taught ... would all be wrong" -- Part three: Fire on trial. Sherlock was wrong ; The monster speaks ; The bias man ; Unhinged ; What revolution? -- Epilogue: The curse of uncertainty
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9781524742133
Lccn
2018031742
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1079400651
  • 912704
  • (OCoLC)on1079400651
  • 912704
Label
Burned : a story of murder and the crime that wasn't, Edward Humes
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-293) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part one: A long fuse lit. April 9, 1989 ; 1,100 degrees ; Firefighting ; Statements ; Victims ; Arson expert ; Three days in October 1991 -- Part two: Stirring the ashes. The pit ; Growing up Jo Ann ; They told me I couldn't ; It's all gonna come out in the end ; Everything which is not law ; "If I am wrong, then everything I have ever been taught ... would all be wrong" -- Part three: Fire on trial. Sherlock was wrong ; The monster speaks ; The bias man ; Unhinged ; What revolution? -- Epilogue: The curse of uncertainty
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9781524742133
Lccn
2018031742
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustration
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1079400651
  • 912704
  • (OCoLC)on1079400651
  • 912704

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