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The wrong guys : murder, false confessions, and the Norfolk Four

Author: Tom Wells; Richard A Leo
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2008.
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On July 8, 1997, nineteen-year-old sailor Billy Bosko returned to his home in Norfolk, Virginia, from a naval cruise to find his wife on the floor of their bedroom, raped and stabbed to death. In this story of justice gone awry, four innocent men separately confess to the heinous crime that none of them actually committed. Though the real perpetrator has since been convicted, three of the four remain in prison  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wells, Tom, 1955-
Wrong guys.
New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2008
(OCoLC)680511007
Named Person: Michelle Bosko; Michelle Bosko
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Wells; Richard A Leo
ISBN: 9781595584014 1595584013
OCLC Number: 225531738
Description: xi, 342 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Discovery --
The neighbor --
"I did not kill Michelle" --
The roommate --
"Everybody had me believing that I was guilty" --
Number three --
Three more --
Tice --
"Scrappy" --
"Guess who did that?" --
"I would have told them I handed Oswald the gun" --
"You got nothing to say, right?" --
Heavy artillery.
Responsibility: Tom Wells and Richard A. Leo.
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On July 8, 1997, nineteen-year-old sailor Billy Bosko returned to his home in Norfolk, Virginia, from a naval cruise to find his wife on the floor of their bedroom, raped and stabbed to death. In this story of justice gone awry, four innocent men separately confess to the heinous crime that none of them actually committed. Though the real perpetrator has since been convicted, three of the four remain in prison today, attesting to the powerful role confessions--even false ones--play in our criminal justice system, where they typically trump fact, reason, and common sense. Writer Wells and law professor Leo interweave a narrative covering the unfolding of the case with an exploration of topics ranging from coercive interrogation, police perjury ("testilying"), and prosecutorial politics, to the role of the death penalty in criminal law.--From publisher description.

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