November 18, 2019 – What if you woke up to find your 12-year-old daughter dead, and the local police destroyed your house looking for evidence to pin the murder on your innocent son? Attorney Donald E. McInnis introduces us to the real-life family that endured this nightmare in She’s So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family.
On a winter day in 1998, the town of Escondido, California, awoke to the terrible news that 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe had been brutally savaged by a knife-wielding killer. Putting the verdict first and trial afterwards like the Queen of Hearts, investigators launched an inquisition to prove their conclusion rather than follow the evidence, employing a cruel array of psychological manipulation tools to force two of Michael’s friends to confess to parts in a murder they hadn’t committed.
This book is a cautionary tale for anyone, dismissing the comforting notion that if we have done nothing wrong, we have nothing to hide. It’s also a reminder that great injustices aren’t just the stuff of some distant history of lynch mobs and show trials in banana republics. It’s a very real threat in any system run by flawed human beings.