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Jennifer Thompson was a senior in college planning to get married when the unthinkable happened.

Just this past week Richard Lapointe, was released on bail after 26 years in a renewed effort to prove his innocence of the murder and rape of his Wife’s elderly grandmother. And the book gives one much to think about related to the justice system, the total unreliability of eye witness testimony, most obviously, but also the experience of a falsely accused, not-squeaky-clean young black man.

Redemption is the subject of the third part, where Thompson-Cannino and Cotton forge a path to genuine friendship in advocating for the wrongfully convicted. This book was so raw with emotion and a true insight to both victims experiences that gave light to the importance of programs such as The Innocence Project, the need for thorough rape testing and crime scene analysis, and insight into the questioning of memory and eye witness testimony.

I’m grateful to the authors for taking the time to write and share this transformative story. The amazing thing is that he walked out, not only an innocent man, but also a strong one.

Jennifer memorized his face and her quick thinking allowed her to escape. Jennifer’s account shows how frail eyewitness accounts can be. Jennifer ends up joining injusitce Innocence Commission in North Carolina – but she doesn’t mention it.

It wasn’t a bad book without those things, but since Jennifer and Ron are both advocates for those in similar circumstances as their own those in the prison system convicted on the evidence of eyewitness testimony aloneI think it may have been a missed opportunity to have a discourse on how the criminal justice system is affected by what happened in their situation.


Jennifer’s account also shows how hard it is to find ‘closure’. This co-authored true crime memoir depicting the rape of Jennifer Thompson and wrongful conviction of Ronald Cotton is an emotional and inspiring read. Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption.

Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino

Jennifer and Ronald eventually went on to work together for judicial reform. It is written at an easy reading level, but the content of their story is deep and hard to stomach at times.

Published March 3rd by St. From Ronald Cotton’s view it showed how being black, his juvenile record, and interracial relationship, made him a target by the police department. I’m injusticce a fan of the true crime genre, but am a huge fan of this particular book.

August – Picking Cotton 4 9 Aug 04, Want to Read saving…. There was so much more to this book that I liked but it won’t fit in here. She identified Ronald Thompson as her attacker, suffered great trauma, and though she eventually moved on, the attack on her body left a wide swath of emotional scar tissue.

Although it’s not exactly a page turner, I would recommend for all older teens and above it’s kind of graphic at some points because of the rape purely for the magnificent message it leaves you with. Other principal players, including Detective Mike Gauldin. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. View all 3 comments.

This is a good book even though their was a man who spent 11 years in jail for no reason. Specifically, I don’t think that anyone, including Cotton, could argue that anyone did anything “wrong” per se except maybe the real perpertrator who could have been a man and coped to crimes. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence.


Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

In addition I was reading the April 13th issue of The New Yorker which featured article, The Price of A Life about John Restivo, another wrongfully accused man who was exonerated after being imprisoned for 18 years.

A hard book to put down, and one that will stay with you long after you gave finished it. Jennifer and Ron look at each other, smiling. The 10 Best Emily Dickinson Poems.

Picking Cotton | A Memoir by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo

Dec 03, Cindy Huffman rated it really liked it. I studied his face for features to identify. Beside him, Raven, his nine- year- old daughter in neat braids he helped do that morning, shoots him a look.

Anyway, thankfully Jennifer was given an opportunity to escape. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. The book goes into why convictions based solely on eyewitness accounts are tenuous at best. She was able to escape, and memiir positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker.

True story of a woman raped, and a man falsely accused, in the days before DNA testing was being done. Ronald Thompson swore his innocence as surely as Jennifer Thompson testified to his guilt.