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The Central Park Five

A Chronicle of A City Wilding

Burns, Sarah, 1982-

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Central Park Five
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A riveting, in-depth account of one of New York City’s most notorious crimes.

On April 20, 1989, the body of a woman is discovered in Central Park, her skull so badly smashed that nearly 80 percent of her blood has spilled onto the ground. Within days, five black and Latino teenagers confess to her rape and beating. In a city where urban crime is at a high and violence is frequent, the ensuing media frenzy and hysterical public reaction is extraordinary. The young men are tried as adults and convicted of rape, despite the fact that the teens quickly recant their inconsistent and inaccurate confessions and that no DNA tests or eyewitness accounts tie any of them to the victim. They serve their complete sentences before another man, serial rapist Matias Reyes, confesses to the crime and is connected to it by DNA testing.

Intertwining the stories of these five young men, the police officers, the district attorneys, the victim, and Matias Reyes, Sarah Burns unravels the forces that made both the crime and its prosecution possible. Most dramatically, she gives us a portrait of a city already beset by violence and deepening rifts between races and classes, whose law enforcement, government, social institutions, and media were undermining the very rights of the individuals they were designed to safeguard and protect.

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An in-depth account of one of New York City's most notorious crimes. On April 20, 1989, the body of a woman is discovered in Central Park, her skull badly smashed. Within days, five black and Latino teenagers confess to her rape and beating. The ensuing media frenzy and hysterical public reaction is extraordinary. The young men are tried and convicted as adults, despite the fact that the teens quickly recant their inconsistent and inaccurate confessions and that no tests or eyewitness accounts tie any ofthem to the victim. They serve their complete sentences before another man, serial rapist Matias Reyes, confesses to the crime and is connected to it by DNA testing. Intertwining the stories of these five young men, the police officers, the district attorneys, the victim, and Reyes, author Burns unravels the forces that made both the crime and its prosecution possible.--From publisher description.

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Traces the near-fatal 1989 Central Park attack on a woman and the ensuing media frenzy and public hysteria that culminated in the wrongful convictions of five Latino teens, in a report that analyzes regional class and race struggles and the failures of local government and law enforcement.
Traces the near-fatal 1989 Central Park attack on a woman and the ensuing media frenzy and public hysteria that culminated in the wrongful convictions of five minority teens, in a report that analyzes regional class and race struggles and the failures of local government and law enforcement.
Traces the near-fatal 1989 Central Park attack on a woman and the ensuing media frenzy and public hysteria that culminated in the wrongful convictions of five minority teens, in a report that analyzes regional class and race struggles and the failures oflocal government and law enforcement.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307266149
0307266141
Branch Call Number: 364.1532 B
Characteristics: xi, 240 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.

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Aug 24, 2011
  • richibi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

a few thugs at the wrong place at the wrong time get more than they probably deserve from a not especially indulgent judiciary imbued with racist bias according to the author, her case is dulled by the host of unsympathetic characters she tries to absolve though the story, well told, clears up details of that notoriously harrowing event

Jun 08, 2011
  • MelissaBee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I recommend "Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding" to anyone interested in the criminal justice system, racial animus, and the role of the media in shaping and maintaining narratives carried into courtrooms, even without supporting forensic evidence.

I read this title as Florida started its' prosecution of Casey Anthony, a young mother charged with killing her 2 year old daughter. This book gave me pause when considering the media saturation of the police narrative, the lack of evidence that specifically link Casey, and no other person, to the child's homicide, and the way in which she was questioned by detectives. At this point, the jury is still hearing evidence, so I do not know how these factors will effect the outcome, but Ms. Burns efforts here gave me reason to ponder what I and so many others believe we know about this case.

Good food for thought!

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Jun 08, 2011
  • MelissaBee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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