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Reasonable Doubt: The Fashion Writer, Cape Cod, and the Trial of Chris McCowen

Reasonable Doubt The Fashion Writer Cape Cod and the Trial of Chris McCowen In January forty six year old Christa Worthington was found stabbed to death in the kitchen of her Truro Cape Cod cottage her curly haired toddler clutching her body A former Vassar girl and

  • Title: Reasonable Doubt: The Fashion Writer, Cape Cod, and the Trial of Chris McCowen
  • Author: Peter Manso
  • ISBN: 9780743296663
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In January 2002, forty six year old Christa Worthington was found stabbed to death in the kitchen of her Truro, Cape Cod, cottage, her curly haired toddler clutching her body A former Vassar girl and scion of a prominent local family, Christa had abandoned a glamorous career as a fashion writer for a simpler life on the Cape, where she had an affair with a married fishermIn January 2002, forty six year old Christa Worthington was found stabbed to death in the kitchen of her Truro, Cape Cod, cottage, her curly haired toddler clutching her body A former Vassar girl and scion of a prominent local family, Christa had abandoned a glamorous career as a fashion writer for a simpler life on the Cape, where she had an affair with a married fisherman and had his child After her murder, evidence pointed toward several local men who had known her Yet in 2005, investigators arrested Christopher McCowen, a thirty four year old African American garbage collector with an IQ of 76 The local headlines screamed, Black Trash Hauler Ruins Beautiful White Family and Black Murderer Apprehended in Fashion Writer Slaying, while the sole evidence against McCowen was a DNA match showing that he d had sex with Worthington prior to her murder There were no fingerprints, no witnesses, and although the state medical examiner acknowledged there was no evidence of rape, the defendant was convicted after a five week trial replete with conflicting testimony, accusations of crime scene contamination, and police misconduct and was condemned to three lifetime sentences in prison with no parole Rarely has a homicide trial been refracted so clearly through the prism of those who engineered it, and in Reasonable Doubt, bestselling author and biographer Peter Manso is determined to rectify what has become one of the most grossly unjust verdicts in modern trial history In his riveting new book he bares the anatomy of a horrific murder as well as the political corruption and racism that appear to be endemic in one of America s most privileged playgrounds, Cape Cod Exhaustively researched and vividly accessible, Reasonable Doubt is a no holds barred account of not only Christa Worthington s murder but also of a botched investigation and a trial that was rife with bias Manso dug deep into the case, and the results were explosive The Cape DA indicted the author, threatening him with fifty years in prison The trial and conviction of Christopher McCowen for rape and murder should worry American citizens, and should prompt us to truly examine the lip service we pay to the presumption of innocence and to reasonable doubt With this explosive and challenging book Manso does just that.

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    1. To get into this book, I think you should really read Invisible Eden by Maria Flook first. Otherwise the names of characters and timeline can get a little confusing. Invisible Eden describes the murder of Christa Worthington, and Reasonable Doubt describes the arrest and trial of the "killer." Whether you believe Christopher McCowen to be guilty or not is really up to you, though. There are a lot of typos in this book which can be distracting and makes me think it didn't have a good final edit. [...]

    2. Story of the arrest and conviction of Christopher McCowen for the murder of Christa Worthington. Despite the clear presence of reasonable doubt, Mr. McCowen was convicted and this book does an excellent job describing the political corruption and rascism that played an integral role in the jury's decision.

    3. I became a fan of Pete Manso’s writing after reading his book on P-Town. He very thoroughly goes over the McCowen trial and gives a lot of back story on the inner workings of Cape Cod politics. Very interesting read. He was also featured on 20/20 and in the Murder On The Cape podcast about his book and knowledge of the McCowen trial.

    4. Cliché riddled account of a real Cape Cod murder. A lot of detail and an almost verbatim account of the trial, and then the author ruins everything trying to stir up controversy and taking the focus off the crime.

    5. I know a book is phenomenal when it elicits such emotions from me that I find myself "talking" to the book. That was this book. I probably should not have read this book, also, on the heels of the Casey Anthony verdict because I found myself really being angry, not only at the author of the book, but also the "reviewers" on the back cover. I must say I didn't know alot about this "story" from the start, as there are "true crimes" and miscarriages of justice which I have followed much more closel [...]

    6. This meticulously researched book by Peter Manso reads like a crime thriller. Unfortunately, it's not. It's a detailed account of a crime that shocked Cape Cod residents, and many others around the country, in January 2002. The media pounced on the story that had it all: sex, money, racism, violence and the heart-wrenching image of a little girl found beside her mother's bloody body. Christa Worthington was the fashion writer referenced in Manso's subtitle, a Vassar graduate who'd spent her twen [...]

    7. Reasonable Doubt is an account of Christa Worthington’s murder its' botched investigation and a biased trial. The author dug deep into the case, and the results were explosive. The Cape DA indicted the author, threatening him with fifty years in prison. A very interesting novel of mis-justice and how local bias can impact all participants in a trial.

    8. It has begun as a well-written true story. It is also very contemporary. More about it after I finish.I fear the justice system is in bad shape on Cape Cod. There certainly seems to be cause for an appeals. A definite work about injustice.

    9. The author writes with passion about this case. He's got great details, great writing and I believe it all matters a lot to him. But it never quite mattered that much to me. I think it was the lengthy account of the trial that occupied the middle of the book that did me in.

    10. Read about 100 pages over three days. Just couldn't get into it. Had a hard time following what was going on and keeping all the players straight.

    11. Interesting subject, horrible writing -- as if no one edited it! Couldn't get past the first 100 pages.

    12. excellent book of all the true crime books i have read I Firmly believe the man who was convicted of this crime was "railroaded" because of his race an because of politics.

    13. Reasonable Doubt lost its thunder for me, too many characters and typos for me to continue reading. Maybe some other time.

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