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Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace


Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace

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    Michael Morton(Author)
On August 13, 1986, just one day after his thirty-second birthday, Michael Morton went to work at his usual time. By the end of the day, his wife Christine had been savagely bludgeoned to death in the couple's bed-and the Williamson County Sherriff's office in Texas wasted no time in pinning her murder on Michael, despite an absolute lack of physical evidence. Michael was swiftly sentenced to life in prison for a crime he had not committed. He mourned his wife from a prison cell. He lost all contact with their son. Life, as he knew it, was over.

Drawing on his recollections, court transcripts, and more than 1,000 pages of personal journals he wrote in prison, Michael recounts the hidden police reports about an unidentified van parked near his house that were never pursued; the bandana with the killer's DNA on it, that was never introduced in court; the call from a neighbouring county reporting the attempted use of his wife's credit card, which was never followed up on; and ultimately, how he battled his way through the darkness to become a free man once again.

"Even for readers who may feel practically jaded about stories of injustice in Texas-even those who followed this case closely in the press-could do themselves a favour by picking up Michael Morton's new memoir…It is extremely well-written [and] insightful" (The Austin Chronicle). Getting Lifeis an extraordinary story of unfathomable tragedy, grave injustice, and the strength and courage it takes to find forgiveness.

“Morton poignantly recounts half a lifetime spent behind bars and underscores the glaring errors of our justice system.” ("A stunning memoir...A great deal has been written about the shortcomings of the American criminal justice system, but perhaps nothing more searing than Morton’s book, 'Getting Life.' It is a devastating and infuriating book, more astonishing than any legal thriller by John Grisham...Morton is able to deliver this aching and poignant look at the criminal justice system only because he didn’t get a death sentence. " (Nicholas Kristof The New York Times)“Imagine spending twenty-five years in prison for a murder you did not commit. Imagine the murder victim was your wife, the love of your life. And imagine it all happened because prosecutors and law enforcement officials cooked up a case against you and hid evidence that would have identified the real killer. Michael Morton doesn't have to imagine, because he lived it. It's usually a cliché to say someone has been to hell and back, but in Morton's case that is exactly what happened, and his stunning and lyrical account of the journey will break your heart, then make you mad, and finally fill you with hope.” (David R. Dow, Founder of Texas Innocence Network and author of The Autobiography of an Execution and Things I've Learned from Dying: A Book About)“An intimate, gripping portrayal of a grievous miscarriage of justice.” (Kirkus Reviews)“A true Texas story of how our system of justice can itself be criminal. Michael Morton’s powerful tale will take you with him into mourning, into prison, and finally, thankfully, back out into the light.” (Dan Rather)"[An] eloquent, page-turning memoir." (Publishers Weekly)“In straightforward, thoughtful prose, surprisingly devoid of bitterness, from his personal journals as well as with court transcripts, Morton details his love for his wife and son, his loss of both, and his years spent surviving in prison and trying to prove his innocence. A powerful memoir and a powerful indictment of the U.S. judicial system and its potential to imprison innocent men and women.” (Booklist)"Even for readers who may feel practically jaded about stories of injustice in Texas – even those who followed this case closely in the press – could do themselves a favor by picking up Michael Morton's new memoir…It is extremely well-written, insightful, infuriating, and, in places, quite funny." (The Austin Chronicle)“A lively and intimate account of his rise from pariah to celebrated survivor after DNA evidence and determined lawyers proved his innocence after 25 years in prison…What makes Morton’s story so intriguing is the ease with which most people can put themselves in his place — the victim of a crime treated like a criminal — and wonder if they could cope, let alone survive.” (Austin American-Statesman)“A jarring testament that truth really can be stranger than fiction…the writing is snappy and clean, with more wit than one might expect.” (San Antonio Express-News)"A tale of grave injustice and, finally, great strength and courage and intelligence." (Hudson Valley News)"Riveting." (Parade) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Michael Morton(Author)
  • Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (1 July 2014)
  • English
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  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By PaulGG on 3 May 2017

    This is a very well written book which rises above the expected "wrongly convicted" genre. Michael Morton is a skilled writer and gives thoughtful insights concerning each stage of his life. Despite the title there is plenty of suspense in the book and a lack of self pity.

  • By xVickyLeighx on 8 July 2014

    Getting Life is by far the most inspirational book that I have ever read. A true tale of survival it will be have you gripped from the opening pages.A remarkable account of Michael's life behind bars for a murder that he did not commit, from the horrific discovery of his wife's body, to the agony of his broken relationship with his son, Michael's tale is tragic.Yet never once does he feel sorry for himself.From his arrival in penitentiary through to his meetings with the Innocence Project, Michael never once stopped fighting to prove his innocence. Michael is a truly remarkable and admirable human being who should be proud of what he has achieved with this memoir.There were times whilst reading, that I had to remind myself that it was a memoir, a work of truth, and not a novel, as some of the things that happen are so disturbing.It seems incomprehensible that Michael was made to suffer in the (many) ways that he was at the hands of his fellow human beings. He was badly let down by so many, yet never once set out for revenge - although of course it crossed his mind, he is only human after all.The work of the innocence project, together with Michael's lawyers, prove that amongst the cover ups and conspiracy there were some good people looking out for Michael, who, together with his parents and closest family members helped secure his release.Michael today is undoubtedly a very different man from the one who was charged with his wife's murder more than 25 years ago, but he should feel very proud of how much he has achieved and just how far he has come.

  • By kat on 21 March 2015

    This book takes you on an emotional journey so realistically that you feel the scratching of his prison clothes on your skin, experience the anger, the strength of character, the at times, utter despair and bitterness, to the simple joys of feeling the softness of normal clothing on release from jail. And the heart warming goodbyes from his prison mates. Not least is the devastAting heart break of the loss of bonds with his only son. And the murder of his wife. Not much moves me to tears. This book and the authors ability to convey such complex human emotions so exquisitely takes you on the journey with him. I will never rush to casual judgements again after reading this story. Mud sticks, I wasn't even fully convinced of his innocence until well into the story, simply because I could not believe that prosecutors could deliberately withhold information for the sole purpose of 'winning'. So happy he got his day in court,the truth revealed and Michael now free and happy. God bless him and Eric.

  • By Maz on 1 September 2014

    Amazing book, don't know how he endured being in prison for 25 years unable to prove his innocence but when he was freed it was wonderful. Hope he manages to carry on a good relationship with his son. What a lovely caring man who has found love again.

  • By Mrs S Wilcox on 29 September 2015

    Best thing I've read in ages - an easy read but a shocking one. Made me want to find out more about the author!

  • By MISS CM SEYMOUR on 7 July 2015

    Not quite what we thought. But still a good book.leaves you feeling different.

  • By Yummy mummy on 11 September 2016

    Brilliant story! Very well written -inspiring!

  • By Poppy Ann Miller on 23 March 2015

    I would have given a higher star rating but I found the American slang terminology at times difficult to comprehend. I was relieved to find that the author's references to his religion and 'god' were brief and limited. Heart-breaking in parts, especially when Michael Morton writes of his son, his fears for his future and well-being as well as what he had witnessed and possibly physically experienced. Bit nit-picky maybe but I struggled to empathise with the author initially, due to the note he left for his wife. I found it difficult to believe that a man seemingly as in love as he insists would have done such a childish thing. However it does not take away from the outrage I felt at the obscenity of the injustice; highlighting as it does the incompetence and deceit of the prosecution. A well written piece of work and a very good read.

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