When I'm at the pearly gates/This'll be on my videotape
Saturday, September 5, 2009
A fire that still burns
David Grann's New Yorkerarticle about Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for triple infanticide despite expert analysis that made him appear innocent, is remarkable, heartbreaking, and worth reading every single word of. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Beautifully structured and written, with a memorable figure at its center and many illuminating passages on the criminal justice system, the death penalty, and the nuances of arson inspection. One of the magazine's finest articles this year.