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Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

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Richard Allen, Karen White

7 Hours 50 Minutes

Tantor Media

March 2009

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Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape and eventually identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face-and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives.

In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.

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  • Suzanne M.

    Awesome. A bit tough of a rape subject. But worth the read. Absolutely worth it.

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  • Liza

    Picking Cotton is a wonderful book and an amazing story, it is also important that everyone should read. It is a true and scary story, how we cannot believe our own eyes, how we cannot trust our memory, how even if we are really trying to pay attention to every detail we can get it wrong, and why we should be careful not to rely only on eye witnessing in court. Many innocent people are wrongly convicted all around the world by eye witnesses, people that really and truly believe that they saw the crime happening in front of them. And they are wrong, and innocent people pay the price, the price of freedom, away from their family, their friends, with years that are getting lost. Ronald Cotton spent 11 years in jail because Jennifer Thompson wrongly identified him as her rapist. But this is a bigger story, it is a story about two huge souls, two kind people that were able to forgive an impossible forgiveness. And it seems not real, and that makes the book even more facsinating.

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  • Martha B.

    Adult topic for sure. Great book. Deals with forgiveness in very practical way.

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  • Anonymous

    Highly recommend it

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  • Latoya L.

    Forgiveness at its best! Imagine being locked up for a crime you didn't commit, then while in jail you meet the person who actually did the crime. DNA freed this man Robert Cotton, despite the truth. 11 years later, when exonerated you become friends with the lady who put you in jail. When I tell you God makes the impossible possible, this story here is just one of his mighty works. I cried through reading this book, it was very inspirational and humbling. You just never know what a person went through. Our stories have already been written, we're just hear living them. #Book9of2020 #bookworm #whatsnext #highlyrecommended #systematicracism #ourfaultyjusticesystem #NC #iwasfloored #itshappendedinmyhometowntoo

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  • Jeff G.

    This book was very good. Excellent in content and narration.

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  • Jack B.

    Came away with much better understanding of how eye witnesses identification is unreliable and how the process needs to improve all parties rights.

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  • Liz C.

    Well written and enjoyable narration.

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  • Tabitha R.

    Great book and very insightful in law and psychology

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  • Debra Q

    Great read. Amazing what tricks your eyes and ears.

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