Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn&#8217…

Paperback | March 11, 2008

byKerry Max Cook

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Kerry Cook is an innocent man who wrongly served two decades in Texas's notorious death house for the brutal 1977 rape and murder of 21-year-old Linda Jo Edwards. His struggle for freedom is said to be one of the worst cases of police and prosecutorial misconduct in American history.

In the summer of 1977, Cook was staying in Tyler, TX. He met an attractive young woman named Linda Edwards and was invited back to her apartment for a drink and left his fingerprints on the sliding glass door. Four days later, Ms. Edwards was found brutally murdered. When the police dusted for prints, they found Cook's and immediately arrested him. Edward Jackson testified that Cook confessed to the murder during a jailhouse conversation. Jackson was set free, only to kill again several years later. Cook, on the other hand, was convicted and sentenced to death.

He was thrown into a world for which no one could be prepared, and he survived beatings, sexual abuse, and depression; all the while, he fought against a justice system that was determined to keep him quiet and loath to admit a mistake. Through the work of a crusading group of lawyers who forced a series of retrials, his case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ordered the case be reconsidered. It wasn't until the spring of 1999 that Cook was finally able to put the nightmare behind him: long-suppressed DNA evidence had linked James Mayfield, Linda Edwards's ex-lover, to the crime.

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Kerry Cook is an innocent man who wrongly served two decades in Texas's notorious death house for the brutal 1977 rape and murder of 21-year-old Linda Jo Edwards. His struggle for freedom is said to be one of the worst cases of police and prosecutorial misconduct in American history.In the summer of 1977, Cook was staying in Tyler, TX....

Kerry Max Cook was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and spent much of his youth on army bases in Europe. In 1972, he and his family returned to the United States to live in Texas. Since gaining his freedom, Cook has been an outspoken advocate for legal reform. He has made numerous national and international media appearances and has lecture...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:March 11, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060574658

ISBN - 13:9780060574659

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from outstanding!! Remember those drive-in movies about a corrupt sherrif and justice system in a small town in Texas? The viewer was entertained and came away believing that it HAD to be fiction. It couldn't possibly be in ay way TRUE!...THINK AGAIN!! Mr. Cook has written an outstanding, compelling book! The part that is so hard to comprehend is it's all TRUE and he was there! You feel as though you are there with him during the highs and lows! Unbelievable, but true!
Date published: 2009-08-22

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“Cook’s story is so gripping that only a heart of steel won’t break after reading it.”