Cry rape : the true story of one woman's harrowing quest for justice

Lueders, Bill

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  • Creator Bill Lueders
  • Format Books
  • Publication Madison, Wis. : Terrace Books, University of Wisconsin Press, [2006] ©2006
  • Physical Details
    • ix, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780299219604, 0299219607
  • OCLC ocm65063794


  • "Cry Rape dramatically exposes the criminal justice system's capacity for error as it recounts one woman's courageous battle in the face of adversity. In September 1997, a visually impaired woman named Patty was raped by an intruder in her home in Madison, Wisconsin. The rookie detective assigned to her case came to doubt Patty's account and focused the investigation on her. Using pressure and lies, he got her to recant, then had her charged with falsely reporting a crime. The charges were eventually dropped, but Patty continued to demand justice, filing complaints and a federal lawsuit against the police. All were rebuffed. But later, as the result of her perseverance, a startling discovery was made. Even then, Patty's ordeal was far from over." "Other books have dealt with how police and prosecutors bend and break the law in their zeal to prevail. This one focuses instead on how the gravest injustice can be committed with the best of intentions, and how one women's bravery and persistence finally triumphed."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • The rape -- Emergency response -- Under examination -- Detective Woodmansee -- One on one -- Misty and Dominic -- Another suspect -- The confession -- Fighting back -- A story to tell -- Checking it out -- Up against the system -- The people's lawyer -- Discovery -- 'The enemy' -- In search of the truth -- Honest mistakes -- A question of standing -- Losing battles -- Healthy outrage -- Filing suit -- Patty's depositions -- The police defendants -- A strong case -- 'Shocked and hurt' -- Vindicated? -- Wishing it were over -- For the defense -- 'Expect the worst' -- Patty takes the stand -- Burden of proof -- Star witness -- Closing arguments -- The verdict
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