The new book by Tom McCarthy & Dan Stidham
The Harvest of Innocence
The "Harvest of Innocence" is the real-life story of a small-town lawyer, Dan Stidham, who rises above the naked prejudice of an angry community in Arkansas to defend a mentally challenged teenager accused of participating in the gruesome ritualistic murders of three eight-year-old boys. After avoiding the death penalty, Stidham's client is sentenced to life in prison. Stidham makes a solemn promise to his client that he will get him out prison, no matter what, or die trying.
Defying the overwhelming odds of overturning a wrongful conviction, and incurring incredible self-sacrifices along the way, one man, with the help of a handful of dedicated freedom fighters, puts everything on the line to free his client, an innocent man. After 18 years and 78 days of tragedy, tribulation and trust, justice finally prevails as Stidham's client, along with the other two young men who came to be known as the West Memphis Three are released from prison August 19th, 2011.
This remarkable true and hard hitting story is told by the only man who was involved in the case from it's beginning in 1993 until it's controversial ending with an Alford Plea in August 2011. You may think that you already know all there is to know about this case that has gripped the head lines for almost three decades, but with his client finally free, Stidham is also finally free to tell the real story of the West Memphis Murder case. Stidham played an 18 year and 78 day game of chess with the State of Arkansas who tried, without success, to bury this case and it's tragic consequences. The WM3 case has become an icon for injustice in America. Dan Stidham tells his readers what went wrong, and why, and what we as a nation can do to prevent this kind of tragedy from repeating itself.
John Grisham, Meet Dan Stidham
- Arkansas Times
Dan Stidham is a modern day Atticus Finch and only he can tell the real story of the WM3 murder case.
- Kelly Duda- Filmaker- Factor 8