Chasing Justice by Kerry Max Cook

Goodreads Summary

Kerry Max Cook was born in Germany, & spent much of his youth on army bases. He chasing justicereturned to the US with his family in 1972 to live in Texas. In 1977, at the age of 19, he was arrested & wrongly convicted of capital murder, a crime for which he would spend the next 20 years on death row, only to be cleared of all charges in 1999.

Rating

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

I’m going to say right off the bat that I only read this book because of the Truth & Justice podcast.  Bob (the host) asked us to read it relating to a case he’ll be discussing.  I hope the case we’re discussing is good because this book was BORING.

Kerry Max Cook was convicted of rape and murder in Tyler, Texas in 1978.  He maintained his innocence the entire time.  There were SO many plot holes in this book.  Here are a few examples:

  • One of the witnesses against Kerry claimed he was a homosexual and a pervert.  Many people claimed this. Mr. Cook NEVER addressed these claims.  Was he homosexual?  It was a question never answered.
  • Doyle Wayne. Kerry’s brother, who he “spoke” to frequently.  I don’t know if there was mental illness there, but something was off and it was never addressed.
  • Kerry’s alibi.  He maintained his innocence but NEVER said what he was doing or where he was at the time of the murder.

This book was so detail heavy.  I skipped through a lot of detail because it was both cumbersome and boring.  There were so many “characters” that it was hard to keep up with it and very confusing.

In the end, DNA evidence proved that Kerry was not the killer, and it was the person he thought it was all along.

I would skip this book.

Happy reading.

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