Books for the U.S. about the Chad Evans case and other cases of Wrongful Conviction, and generally about wrongful conviction.
1. About the Chad Evans case - all available here online and on Amazon.com as paperbacks or in Kindle format.
Volume 2: (Amazon paperback and Kindle) Eye Contact, Volume 2: Letters 2010 from a Wrongly Convicted man in New Hampshire State Prison.
Volume 2: (.pdf copy)
Volume 3: (Amazon paperback and Kindle) Eye Contact, Volume 3: Letters 2011 from a Wrongly Convicted man in New Hampshire State Prison
Volume 3: (.pdf copy)
The paperback Edition of EYE CONTACT was published on November 9, 2011, the 11th anniversary of the death of Kassidy Bortner. Posted
here is the E-COPY (.PDF) of the 699 page paperback edition. As of 25 March 2012, these ERRORS have been identified. Click here for CORRECTED COPY of paperback (with the number of FALSE statements corrected on page 527. This edition is available by writing to the Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee, 71 Sullivan Street, Keene, NH 03431.
The book is also now available on Amazon.com in a Kindle ecopy edition (@$3.00) or hard copy (@25.00) See the Amazon page for the book.
Edition 2b of the 694 page ebook, EYE CONTACT - The Mysterious Death in 2000 in Maine of Kassidy Bortner and the Wrongful Conviction of Chad Evans in New Hampshire was published as revised as of September 25 2011.
Draft Edition 2 of the 692 page ebook, EYE CONTACT was published online on August 10, 2011. The first Draft Edition was published on July 18, 2011. Click here for contents of .rtf file of EYE CONTACT - RTF and BOOK COVER
The ebook explores what happened to Kassidy Bortner and how Chad Evans was wrongly convicted of abusing and murdering her.
Even in this age of the Internet, the book is still a most powerful tool for informing the public. Newspapers and magazines and radio and TV and a web site all have their role, but a book is for the ages and it has oomph.
The Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee will work to get it to the people of New Hampshire and the U.S. in several ways:
a. Ensure that each library in New Hampshire and the rest of the
country has a copy.
b. Sales of books, the old-fashioned way.
c. Getting a copy online so people can see the entire text.
d. Downloading to ebook readers: IPAD, Kindle, Nook
a. COPIES TO LIBRARIES
As soon as they are available, starting with the Maine and New Hampshire State Libraries.
Even before commercial publishing, if that happens, we will be selling copies of the manuscript at $25.00 per copy, and no charge for an e-copy. Please contact the Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee for your copy.
A paperback edition is also available at the www.lulu.com self-publishing site.
EYE CONTACT can be purchased at the following Maine and New Hampshire Bookstores
Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick, Maine
Gibson's Bookstore, Concord, New Hampshire
RiverRun Bookstore Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The book will be available online (see above) and can be sent as attachment in two emails upon request.
d. Downloading to ebook readers: IPAD, Kindle, Nook
IPAD - The .pdf file can be downloaded directly onto an IPAD.
Kindle - To download the eBook onto the Kindle attach the file (eBook) to an email and send it to their Kindle email address (i.e. Morrison@kindle.com). In the subject line of the email type in CONVERT which will convert the pdf file to an Amazon file which will format the eBook so it is easily readable on the Kindle. Make sure their Kindle is online (i.e. WiFi or 3G) so when the file is converted it will download to their Kindle. For further instructions, go to: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200375630
Nook - Go to the Barnes and Noble website for a Video Tutorial on how to download a .pdf file onto a Nook. The site is www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/video.asp#vid6
LULU - The Ebook is available at the www.lulu.com self-publishing site.
SMASHWORDS at the epublishing site for Sony E-Readers,
www.smashwords.com, where the book is located at
2. Books about other cases of Wrongful Conviction - pre- exoneration.
Human Sacrifice by James P. Moore. The story of the Dennis Dechaine case
in Maine. (Alfred has a copy.)
Justice Denied: The Trial of Erik Rasmussen written by Erik, this is
a powerful story of the murder in Connecticut of his wife.
3. Books about other cases of Wrongful Conviction - post exoneration.
A Criminal Injustice: A True Crime, a False Confession, and the Fight to Free Marty Tankleff by Richard Firstman and Jay Salpeter.
Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate exonerated by DNA by Tim Junkin. This is about Kirk Bloodsworth, who was convicted of murdering a child in Maryland, and exonerated by DNA.
In 2011, Sarah Burns wrote the book, The Central Park Five, about the Central Park Jogger assault and rape case, and she and her father, Ken Burns, are working on a documentary. All five teenagers convicted in the case were exonerated after they completed their sentences.
When Justice Fails : The David Milgaard Story about one of Canada's
most egregious cases.
Guilty until proven Innocent - by Don Connery. This is the story of Connecticut's Peter Reilly case.
Until you are dead - is the book about Steven Truscott, another of
Canada's best known cases of wrongful conviction.
Exit to Freedom by Calvin O. Johnson and Greg Hampikian. About
Georgia's first DNA exoneree, and current member of the Georgia
Innocence Project Board of Directors.
4. Books about Wrongful Conviction and related subjects, generally.
Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted By Barry Scheck, Peter
Neufeld and Jim Dwyer
Right by Peter Neufeld, Jim Dwyer and Barry Scheck.
5. Books about Campaigns for Exoneration of the Wrongfully Convicted
Convicted by Michael and Becky Pardue. This book is available only from
the publisher of Justice Denied, The Magazine for the Wrongfully
(currently not available from Amazon.com, but is available from the
American Bar Association, at 800-285-2221.)
6. Books about modern Justice, Generally
Courthouse by Steve Bogira
As with other books about justice, there are pages which ring true for supporters of Chad Evans. On page 189, "There are certain kinds of cases where emotions override the facts", said Judge Locallo, who was featured in the book. On page 157 is the story of how police would maintain a "street file" which was separate from the files which might be furnished to defense attorneys. On Page 164, we learn of Frank Laverty, who investigated a case and was then stunned to learn that it had gone to trial of a wrong man. He took the unusual action of seeking to correct the mistake to ensure that a wrongful conviction did not occur. On page 343 begins the story of Dan Young and Harold Hill who were wrongfully convicted. [See above, on this webpage.]
"False Justice: Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent" by Jim and Nancy Petro. Jim is a former Attorney General of Ohio. See the review of this book by Steven Weinberg,
In the 2006 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Kansas v. March, Justice David Souter and Justice Antonin Scalia conducted a public debate within their opposing written opinions. Discussing the fates of death row prisoners, Souter opined that in such high stakes cases, innocent men and women are too often found guilty.
The “unusually high incidence of false conviction” is probably caused by “the combined difficulty of investigating without help from the victim, intense pressure to get convictions in homicide cases, and the corresponding incentive for the guilty to free the innocent,” Souter wrote.