A Life in the Balance: The Billy Wayne Sinclair Story

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Arcade Publishing, Feb 18, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 339 pages
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Sentenced to death in 1965 at age 20 for an unpremeditated murder during a bungled holdup of a convenience store, Billy Wayne Sinclair spent his first seven prison years on death row. When the death penalty was abolished, his sentence was commuted to life. Three-and-a-half decades later, Billy Wayne is still behind bars -- feared by many politicians and prison officials for his well-known incorruptibility and unrelenting crusade for prison reform.

This is his unvarnished memoir. It begins with an almost unbearable account of his early years, then takes us behind the harsh metal doors of Angola State Penitentiary to reveal the brutal truth of life inside: corruption, betrayal, rape, and murder.

 

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I read Mr.Rideau's book and I read Billy and Jodie Sinclair's book. Self-serving and "tricky" was the impression that Mr. Rideau's book left upon me, such an articulate and gifted writer but it just didn't seem honest.As if the writer had used his talent to "con" the reader. The Sinclair's on the other hand seemed to be a genuine, from the heart brutal truth. I imagine it may have been at times even painful writing their story. Life in the Balance is a book that will only make us better for having read it. Invaluable.  

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
27
Section 4
36
Section 5
47
Section 6
54
Section 7
60
Section 8
66
Section 19
160
Section 20
175
Section 21
183
Section 22
192
Section 23
200
Section 24
212
Section 25
218
Section 26
228

Section 9
77
Section 10
82
Section 11
86
Section 12
98
Section 13
113
Section 14
124
Section 15
130
Section 16
138
Section 17
147
Section 18
156
Section 27
240
Section 28
252
Section 29
260
Section 30
270
Section 31
276
Section 32
282
Section 33
293
Section 34
316
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About the author (2002)

Billy Wayne Sinclair established himself in prison as a jailhouse lawyer, defending the rights of fellow prisoners, and as a journalist. He lives with his wife, Jodie, in Houston, Texas.

Jodie Sinclair, Billy Wayne Sinclair s wife and coauthor, received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University. She resides in Houston, Texas.

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