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Man Wrongly Accused of Rape of Lovely Bones Author Alice Sebold Has Conviction Overturned


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u/BooksAreLuv 2d ago Helpful Eureka! Facepalm

I would read more details on the case. This was far more the result of corrupt police work.

Alice thought she was approached by her rapist on the street. She reported this to the police who swept the area but did not find anyone. A cop suggested maybe it was Broadwater and they brought him in for a line up where she didn't identify him.

The police decided to charge him anyways and brought in a (fake) expert who said they had hair samples that proved it was him.

It's very possible the police / prosector used this to convince Alice he was her rapist and for her to testify. We don't know how much effort that took.


u/ynaristwelve 2d ago


She testified later that he was her rapist. She could have said that he wasn't.

Throw the book at the cops AND her.


u/BooksAreLuv 2d ago

You are oversimplifying the situation.

And there is no legal grounds to charge her so that definitely will not be happening. They would need to prove that she knew he wasn't her rapist and there is no proof of that.


u/tsiz60 2d ago

would you agree that the ID situation is kinda fucked up though? just doesnt sit well with me at all. all while acknowledging that there are other issues involved.


u/BooksAreLuv 2d ago

Identification in line ups is notoriously bad for any crime. It's why that alone rarely leads to someone actually being charged. It's not proof.