And the Sea Will Tell Mass Market Paperback – Dec 22 1991
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And the Sea Will Tell spins a riveting story--a story that could have been the backbone for a classic novel by Herman Melville or Joseph Conrad. Two couples--one wealthy and married, the other an ex-con and his hippie girlfriend-- separately set sail for a remote South Pacific island, each hoping to play "Adam and Eve" in paradise. Instead of getting away from it all, they take it with them-- their pasts and prejudices, and the petty battles over status and material goods that arise from their different social classes. Only two people out of the original four live through the experience. One of them has the extraordinary good luck to be defended in court by master attorney Vincent Bugliosi (author of Helter Skelter). As the Los Angeles Times writes, "The book succeeds on all counts. The final pages are some of the most suspenseful in trial literature."
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In 1974, wealthy Californians Mac and Muff Graham sailed to Palmyra Island, 1000 miles south of Hawaii, in their boat the Sea Wind . Buck Walker and Jennifer Jenkins arrived soon after on the same atoll, fleeing drug charges in Hawaii. Several months later, Walker and Jenkins returned to Hawaii in the Sea Wind , claiming that the Grahams were presumed dead when the dinghy in which they had gone fishing was washed ashore unmanned. However, in 1980, vacationers on Palmyra found bones soon identified as those of Muff Graham, who was determined to have been shot. Walker and Jenkins were charged with murder: in separate San Francisco trials, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and she was acquitted. Writing with Henderson ( Empire of Deceit) , Bugliosi ( Helter Skelter ), who served as Jenkins's attorney, offers a case history which could have been a true-crime classic if not for the 250 tedious pages devoted to his client's 23-day trial. Photos not seen by PW. Literary Guild main selection.
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Still, his summation makes for a fascinating study in how great defense attorneys work (I thought he was especially clever in insinuating that those who took issues with Jennifer's behavior were "strict Puritans," thus indirectly shaming those jurors who might think ill of her). I can see how they were swayed by his arguments and appreciate the care he took to make them (and explain them in the book).
This book also shows, as in the Simpson case, the difficulties state prosecutors face in squaring off against high-profile defense attorneys. I couldn't help but get the impression that many jurors were taken with Bugliosi's persona and celebrity status thanks to the Manson case. I also wonder why the prosecutors didn't exploit his contradictory argument that Jennifer acted independently of Buck while on the island, yet "her reality became his reality" when she was lying to cover up the theft when they were back in Hawaii. You can't have it both ways, which is why I still believe she bears guilt for this crime.
All in all, it was a great read, not quite as gripping as Helter Skelter, but nearly so. I highly recommend this book and hope someday another author will take a look at this fascinating case.
Thankfully, this was in an earlier incarnation (plain lawyer) where he takes an unthankful case that doesn't seem to have a prayer. A murder at sea and the person on board is not guilty? The difficulty was compounded by the unwillingness of the defendent to "tell all". Despite this, he worked 100 hours/wk (once he had convinced himself of her innocence) and eventually was vindicated.
Great story, great writing.
It would have been shorter and probably more engaging just to publish the entire trial transcripts or to publish this as a lawyer's handbook. Very disappointing read.
The first third of the book is about Palmyra, the island where Jennifer and her boyfriend Buck wanted to get away from it all. A second couple shows up and there's tension. When the friends of the second couple lose contact, they become worried. When Buck and Jennifer show up in the stolen boat of the second couple, everyone assumes murder. When the skeletal remains of one of the victims are found, the trials begin.
The rest of the book details the trial first of Buck Walker, then of Jennifer Jenkins. Bugliosi's defense of Jennifer Jenkins rests in her not knowing that Buck Walker killed the second couple. Unraveling his client's confused often flaky narrative and fighting with an extremely partial judge, Bugliosi takes through the trial point by point with several stops in between.
While this makes for a compelling crime novel, the problem with trials is that much of the live trial is deadly dull. The high points make great drama, but there's a lot of discussions of evidence, procedures and such that are only interesting to lawyers, law school students and accused criminals. At certain points I began to wonder if I'd ever finish reading this book.
However, the quality of the writing and the interest of the case keep the book going. You are still fascinated with the case at the end even if there are dull parts in between.
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All four books arrived in one box, which made me very happy as it was left at my door. No need to have to pick them up.Published on Dec 27 2013 by Stephanie Vernon
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A real life murder mystery that took place on one of the most isolated islands in the South Pacific. Perfect in almost every way and highly recommended to all true crime fans.Published on Oct. 28 2002 by Support Wikileaks - Drop Amazon
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Could not put it down. This books is great several ways: the adventure is fantastic with visions of an island in paradise, the court procedures are so well described, so intense on... Read morePublished on May 31 2002 by Pablo R. Vitaver
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