Wicked Takes the Witness Stand

Wicked Takes the Witness Stand

A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan

Book - 2014
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"On a bitterly cold afternoon in December 1986, a Michigan State trooper found the frozen body of Jerry Tobias in the bed of his pickup truck. The 31-year-old oil field worker and small-time drug dealer was curled up on his side on the truck's bare metal, pressed against the tailgate, clad only in jeans, a checkered shirt, and cowboy boots. Inside the cab of the truck was a fresh package of expensive steaks from a local butcher shop--the first lead in a case that would be quickly lost in a thicket of bungled forensics, shady prosecution, and a psychopathic star witness out for revenge. Award-winning author Mardi Link's third book of Michigan true crime, Wicked Takes the Witness Stand, unravels this mysterious and still unsolved case that sucked state police and local officials into a morass of perjury and cover-up and ultimately led to the separate conviction and imprisonment of five innocent men. This unbelievable story will leave the reader shocked and aching for justice. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780472071692
Branch Call Number: 364.1523092 LIN
Characteristics: xiv, 424 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm


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Dec 06, 2017

This book was very frustrating. Spoilers.

It sets up a murder investigation, and follows the trials and mistrials as multiple unwitting and innocent people get tangled up in this murder -- but at the end of the book, the murder is yet unsolved.

Also, the writer does some pretty infuriatingly vague writing. She at one point refers to a prisoner being "assaulted," but doesn't specify the nature of the assault. Was he beaten up? Was he sexually assaulted? Not clear. Later you discover what happened in a quote from another character, but the writing is so difficult to stick with for 400+ pages


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