Sentenced to life at seventeen The story of David Milgaard

Cynthia J. Faryon, 1956-

Book - 2012

Crisp and engaging dramatization of the crime... additional features in the book enhance its value as a teaching and learning tool by extending readers' understanding of the Milgaard case beyond the book and encouraging them to explore other issues further.

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Real justice (Toronto, Ont.)
Toronto : James Lorimer & Co c2012.
Physical Description
115 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Cynthia J. Faryon, 1956- (-)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—Milgaard is one of several high-profile cases of wrongful conviction in Canada. The series is factual and unbiased, showing how wrongful convictions have occurred and giving voice to the stories of the innocent. Milgaard was imprisoned for 23 years for a rape and murder he did not commit. The book opens with a short chapter about Larry Fisher, the person who did commit the crimes and who was charged with them after Milgaard served his time. The opening chapter sets the context for what actually happened; the book proceeds with portraits of the people involved and their activities leading up to and on the day of the murder. This information, along with a confluence of events in time and place, shows clearly what led to Milgaard's wrongful conviction. Using original sources, the narrative is straightforward and clear-a tough thing to do in such a short book with all of the complexity and characters. While in prison, Milgaard was sexually assaulted, attempted suicide numerous times, and also escaped for 77 days. While these occurrences aren't detailed, they provide a point of empathy as well as a feeling of action. The photos, while still grainy, are better than those in the other books in the series.—Amy Cheney, Alameda County Library, San Leandro, CA [Page 179]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The true story of the wrongful conviction of David Milgaard shows how bad decisions, tunnel vision, poor representation, and outright lying and coercion by those within the justice system caused a tragic miscarriage of justice, and also shows that wrongs can be made right through determination and perseverance. Simultaneous.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Recounts the wrongful conviction of David Milgaard; shows how bad decisions, poor representation, and lying by those within the justice system caused a miscarriage of justice; and also shows that wrongs can be made right.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The story of David Milgaard.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

David Milgaard was a troubled kid, and he got into lots of trouble. Unfortunately, that made it easy for the Saskatoon police to brand him as a murderer. At seventeen, David Milgaard was arrested, jailed, and convicted for the rape and murder of a young nursing assistant, Gail Miller. He was sent to adult prison for life.Throughout his twenty-three years in prison, David maintained that he was innocent and refused to admit to the crime, even though it meant he was never granted parole. Finally, through the incredible determination of his mother and new lawyers who believed in him, David was released and proven not guilty. Astonishingly, in hindsight the real murderer was obvious from the start.This is the true story of how bad decisions, tunnel vision, poor representation, and outright lying and coercion by those within the justice system caused a tragic miscarriage of justice. It also shows that wrongs can be righted and amends made.