Picking Cotton

Picking Cotton

Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

eBook - 2009
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On the 1984 night that changed her life, Jennifer Thompson was a 22-year-old college student when she was awakened from a sleep by a knife-wielding rapist. She escaped from her attacker, and several days later, she picked the culprit from first a mug shot and then a physical lineup. Or so she thought. Ronald Cotton, the man who Jennifer was "absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt certain" was her rapist, served 11 years for the crime before he was exonerated by DNA evidence. Two years after his release, he and Jennifer met and, against every expectation, formed a resilient friendship. Picking Cotton, their joint memoir, speaks not only to their tragic shared experience but also to the issue of mistaken eyewitness testimony, the number one cause of wrongful convictions.
Publisher: [New York] : St. Martin's Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781429962155
Characteristics: 1 online resource (180 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Torneo, Erin
Cotton, Ronald


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Ronald Cotton’s story begins horribly. He was wrongly identified as a rapist and sent to prison for 11 years until DNA evidence finally exonerated him. This book is written in alternate chapters between him and the woman who wrongly identified him. What emerges from these pages is an attempt to b... Read More »

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Apr 08, 2017

An important story.
Easy to read account of one of America's wrongfully convicted , his accuser
And a flawed justice system.


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