The Trials of Walter Ogrod: The Shocking Murder, So-called Confessions, and Notorious Snitch that Sent a Man to Death Row

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This engrossing investigation into the tragic 1988 murder of four-year-old Barbara Jean Horne and its aftermath leads readers through the facts of the case in compelling, compassionate, and riveting fashion. Award-winning journalist Thomas Lowenstein makes an evenhanded case for the wrongful conviction of Walter Ogrod, a man with autism spectrum disorder who lived across the street from the girl s family and who has been on death row since 1996. Informed by police records, court transcripts, interviews, letters and journals, and more, Lowenstein relates how Ogrod who is not linked to the crime by any physical evidence was convicted based solely on a confession he signed after 36 hours without sleep. Presenting explosive new evidence, Lowenstein exposes a larger pattern of prosecutorial misconduct in Philadelphia."

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Thomas Lowenstein is the founder and director of The New Orleans Journalism Project, which works with advanced journalism students on stories related to criminal justice. He was formerly policy director and investigator at Innocence Project New Orleans, an editor at DoubleTake magazine, and a teaching fellow at Harvard. He has published nonfiction in the American Prospect magazine and the Philadelphia City Paper and was a grant recipient from the Fund for Investigative Journalism in 2004. He lives in New Orleans.

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