Monthly Archives: March 2013

Totally off-topic: West of Memphis

west-of-memphis-posterNote: this post discusses child abuse and murder in fairly graphic detail

Back in the mists of time (four years ago) when I was starting college I had a vague notion that I wanted to do a post-grad course in forensics. Then I discovered that forensic scientists work long hours under massively stressful conditions in perpetually understaffed labs and don’t get paid very well. But before my dreams were crushed by the cold hand of reality, reading around the topic on my own time introduced me to The Innocence Project and books like The Innocent Man (possibly the only worthwhile thing John Grisham has ever produced) and the terrifying realization of how broken America’s justice system is.

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