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Echoes of my Soul

Robert K. Tanenbaum

ISBN 9780758285355
Publish Date 5/28/2013
Format Hardcover
Categories True Crime, Kensington

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New York Times bestselling author and renowned prosecuting attorney Robert K. Tanenbaum provides the first insider’s account of the historic Wylie-Hoffert case, from the shocking double-murder to the wrenching interrogation of an innocent young man, and the heroic Assistant District Attorney who risked everything to unravel a disgraceful injustice. Here is a gripping chronicle of the unnerving crime that led to the Miranda Rights, and of the courageous stand that forever reformed the American justice system.

It was a muggy summer day in New York when Janice Wylie and Emily Hoffert were raped and murdered in their apartment on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side. Months passed as their families grieved the unthinkable and a shaken city awaited answers. Finally, Brooklyn police arrested George Whitmore, Jr., a nineteen-year-old with an I.Q. of less than 70.  But his incarceration would ultimately entail a host of shocking law enforcement missteps and cover-ups.  

Whitmore had confessed. Yet Mel Glass, a young Manhattan Assistant D.A. not even assigned to the Homicide Bureau, was troubled by the investigation. With the blessing of legendary D.A. Frank Hogan, Glass tirelessly immersed himself in the case. So began an epic quest for justice, culminating in a courtroom showdown in which the Brooklyn arresting cops refused to admit their flagrant errors, providing a complete defense to a vicious predator. The outcome would reach far beyond the individuals involved.

Including trial transcripts and never before published crime scene photos, here is a captivating depiction of one of the most intense manhunts of our time. Echoes of My Soul is also a testament to the power of individuals like Glass and Hogan, without whom the real killer would never have been convicted and an unjustly accused man would have been jailed for life. And we may never have gained the legal safeguards that protect us today.

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Experts Praise Echoes of My Soul

“A strong candidate to become a true crime classic….Brilliantly written and unfailingly riveting.” --Vincent Bugliosi

Echoes of My Soul has the excitement of a great work of fiction and it is not ‘based upon’ a real case. It is a real case and it is about a real hero.” --Mark Lane

“A compelling, page turning, disturbing true story.” --Professor Jesse Choper, Earl Warren Professor of Public Law Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

“Tanenbaum knows this territory better than anyone.” --Linda Fairstein

About Robert K. Tanenbaum :

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New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum is a nationally known attorney and legal expert. He is one of the country’s most respected trial lawyers and has never lost a felony case.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tanenbaum attended the University of California at Berkeley on a basketball scholarship. He received his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. At the outset of his distinguished career, he was an Assistant D.A. in New York County, where he ran the Homicide Bureau, served as Chief of the Criminal Courts, and was in charge of the D.A.’s legal staff training program. Mel Glass, John Keenan, and D.A. Frank Hogan were his esteemed mentors, and Echoes of My Soul is a tribute to them, written at the request of Mel Glass with his active involvement.

Tanenbaum was appointed Deputy Chief Counsel for the Congressional committee investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  For four years he taught Advanced Criminal Procedure at his alma mater, Boalt Hall School of Law. He served two terms as Mayor of Beverly Hills. A popular media guest, he regularly appears on television shows as a legal commentator. He is the author of 24 novels and three non-fiction books, including The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer and Badge of the Assassin. His latest novel is Bad Faith.

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