Cry Rape: The True Story of One Woman's Harrowing Quest for Justice

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Terrace Books, Aug 29, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 275 pages
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Cry Rape dramatically exposes the criminal justice system’s capacity for error as it recounts one woman’s courageous battle in the face of adversity. In September 1997, a visually impaired woman named Patty was raped by an intruder in her home in Madison, Wisconsin. The rookie detective assigned to her case came to doubt Patty’s account and focused the investigation on her. Under pressure, he got her to recant, then had her charged with falsely reporting a crime. The charges were eventually dropped, but Patty continued to demand justice, filing complaints and a federal lawsuit against the police. All were rebuffed. But later, as the result of her perseverance, a startling discovery was made. Even then, Patty’s ordeal was far from over.
     Other books have dealt with how police and prosecutors bend and break the law in their zeal to prevail. This one focuses instead on how the gravest injustice can be committed with the best of intentions, and how one woman’s bravery and persistence finally triumphed.   Courage Award Winner, Wisconsin Coalition against Sexual Assault
 

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Contents

The Rape
3
Emergency Response
12
Under Examination
19
Detective Woodmansee
28
One on One
36
Misty and Dominic
43
Another Suspect
50
The Confession
58
Healthy Outrage
149
Filing Suit
157
Pattys Depositions
165
The Police Defendants
174
A Strong Case
180
Shocked and Hurt
189
Vindicated?
193
Wishing It Were Over
201

Fighting Back
64
THE NEED TO BE BELIEVED
81
A Story to Tell
83
Checking It Out
89
Up against the System
96
The Peoples Lawyer
102
Discovery
110
The Enemy
116
In Search of the Truth
122
Honest Mistakes
129
A Question of Standing
135
Losing Battles
139
AGAINST ALL ODDS
147
FINAL JUDGMENT
211
For the Defense
213
Expect the Worst
222
Patty Takes the Stand
229
Burden of Proof
235
Star Witness
242
Closing Arguments
248
The Verdict
256
Acknowledgments
265
Chronology
267
Recurring Characters
271
About the Author
275
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\Bill Lueders is news editor for Isthmus, a weekly newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Erwin Knoll and president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.

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