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|Murder Most Foul by Larner||4 Review(s)|
|JennieM||Reviewed Chapter: 999999 on 9/30/2011|
|I have greatly enjoyed this long and complex story, Larner. Both the narrative and the characters were developed well, so I became very much involved with them.In fact, I started to burn with the injustice of it all, the condemnation of three young men because of who and what they are, not because the evidence showed their guilt.|
I was even more horrified to discover that it was based on a real case, and that three young men had served long jail sentences because of bias and an inadequate investigation.
I'm glad that they are out of jail now, but feel that American justice ought to be ashamed of itself for not allowing proper reviews of the 'evidence' and quashing these sentences.
Still, I was on the edge of my seat for the time it took to read each chapter, and felt truly disappointed when I logged on and found out that there was no update. Still, I must admit to being greedy for such well-written work, as many of my friends know to their sorrow.
Thank you once again for giving me so much pleasure.
Author Reply: And thank you. I've spent much of the last decade and longer following the West Memphis Three case, and it was with mixed joy and frustration that we saw Damien, Jason, and Jessie freed from prison after eighteen years there for a crime that didn't even happen as presented by police and prosecutors.
Thanks so for the warm review--and for being greedy for more. I have a feeling that Anorgil will appear in other stories soon enough.
|Ainariel||Reviewed Chapter: 999999 on 9/21/2011|
|I really enjoyed this story (not for the content, but that it was so well written). I intended to read only about 5 chapters last night and instead ended up finishing it - much to my horror it was nearly 2am when I left my computer. It made for a VERY long day at work today, I must say!|
You found that fine line with just enough detail to capture the seriousness of the situation without going overboard, and I believe you handled the subject as tastefully as can be done - it is a compelling read. It makes one think about how easily some folk can be swayed and how persuasive others can be - and in the worst of cases how much evil can potentially come of it.
I'd heard reports off & on of the West Memphis 3, but hadn't followed the story regularly. It is good to know that those men now have a chance at a somewhat normal life. The true horror in all of this, to my way of thinking, is that the person responsible is still out there...and has had plenty of time to repeat the offense. How many other innocents have suffered because there was a legal system in place that was too full of itself to admit a mistake and try to remedy it? Too much time was wasted trying to hide the facts, and too little spent searching for true leads...and for this, a monster still walks free.
Author Reply: I thank you for the reassurance that I did manage to write this without overwhelming others with the horrible, often grisly details. That was a great temptation, I found, as I wrote it, to let things perhaps become too graphic.
Of all cases of injustice I've become aware of, this is one of the most blatant. It was such a joy to see the three of them walk free at last, and we do hope that prosecutor Scott Ellington and Governor Beebe meant it when they have assured us that if sufficient evidence is submitted to them they will see the case reopened and the true killer prosecuted.
And to learn that my own writing has proved so compelling to you that you'd read it all in one go--I'm greatly honored! Thank you so for telling me!
|Szepilona10||Reviewed Chapter: 999999 on 9/18/2011|
|I just wanted to tell you thanks for writing this amazing story!|
Author Reply: And thank you as well for reading it, Szepilona! It was an honor to write it.
|6336||Reviewed Chapter: 999999 on 8/20/2011|
|Oh, how happy you and they must be to be finally released, but what a way to have to do it! It looks like Arkansas did not want to risk the possibility that they would be found innocent and have to pay out huge sums of money to them in compensation. It also smacks of 'Well I can't be botherd with this any more, lets sweep it under the rug and forget about it!'|
Keep us posted on how they are doing, I do feel for them.
Author Reply: That appears to be exactly the situation, Lynda. It's amazing the sheer cheek of the Arkansas legal community after all that's been said and done involving this case in the past eighteen years!