The Resource Getting life : an innocent man's 25-year journey from prison to peace, Michael Morton

Getting life : an innocent man's 25-year journey from prison to peace, Michael Morton

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Getting life : an innocent man's 25-year journey from prison to peace
Title
Getting life
Title remainder
an innocent man's 25-year journey from prison to peace
Statement of responsibility
Michael Morton
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "He spent twenty-five years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He lost his wife, his son, and his freedom. This is the story of how Michael Morton finally got justice--and a second chance at life. On August 13, 1986, just one day after his thirty-second birthday, Michael Morton went to work at his usual time. By the end of the day, his wife Christine had been savagely bludgeoned to death in the couple's bed--and the Williamson County Sherriff's office in Texas wasted no time in pinning her murder on Michael, despite an absolute lack of physical evidence. Michael was swiftly sentenced to life in prison for a crime he had not committed. He mourned his wife from a prison cell. He lost all contact with their son. Life, as he knew it, was over. It would take twenty-five years--and thousands of hours of effort on the part of Michael's lawyers, including the team at the New York-based Innocence Project--before DNA evidence was brought to light that would ultimately set Michael free. The evidence had been collected only days after the murder--but was never investigated. Drawing on his recollections, court transcripts, and more than one thousand pages of personal journals he wrote in prison, Michael recounts the hidden police reports about an unidentified van parked near his house that were never pursued; the treasure trove of evidence, including a bandana with the killer's DNA on it, that was never introduced in court; the call from a neighboring county reporting the attempted use of his wife's credit card (a message that was received, recorded, and never returned by local police); and ultimately, how he battled his way through the darkness to become a free man once again. Getting Life is an extraordinary story of unfathomable tragedy, grave injustice, and the strength and courage it takes to find forgiveness"--
  • "On August 13, 1986, the day after his thirty-second birthday, Michael Morton left work to pick up his three-year-old son Eric from the babysitter. When he arrived, the sitter told him Michael's wife, Chris, had never dropped their boy off. He knew instantly something was wrong--and when he called his home line and a sheriff answered the phone, he knew it was worse than he could have imagined. Eric was safe, but Chris Morton had been beaten to death in the couple's bed. The Williamson County Sherriff's office wasted no time in pinning her murder on Michael, despite having absolutely no physical evidence that he had committed the crime--and indeed, as would be revealed nearly a quarter century later in court transcripts, despite Eric's insistence that "Daddy wasn't there" and a narration of details of the crime he could only have known through first-hand witness. The sheriff and district attorney in Michael's case never shared that transcript with the defense or, more importantly, the jury. GETTING LIFE is a sensational story of murder, injustice, and twenty-five years spent behind bars before Michael Morton was released on October 4, 2011 on the basis of exculpatory physical evidence of the real killer's guilt, which had been in the evidence locker the whole time and known to the prosecuting attorneys"--
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Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Getting life : an innocent man's 25-year journey from prison to peace, Michael Morton
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky259647328
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster paperback edition, July 2015.
Extent
xi, 283 pages
Isbn
9781476756837
Lccn
2014000148
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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