Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A True Account of a Current Death Row Life

Now you can read the documented true story of Kerry Lyn Dalton's wrongful conviction in the recently published book, CAGES. To purchase, or find details, along with excerpts, follow this link https://victoriaannthorpe.com/

Now also available on Kindle ! 

Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking, wrote, "...Cages is a must read that exposes the complexities and faults within the system, while going deeply into the moral issue of capital punishment..." 

Read Tracy Simmon's article at the Washington Post or Huffington Post, click the links below :

(Street Theater enactment of executed persons attended by guards.)

"This painfully moving account of an actual death penalty case is remarkably written. Victoria Thorpe engages the reader on all levels, drawing them into the courtroom drama, along with inviting them into both her sister's and her own personal life.
Whichever side of the fence you are on, Cages is a must read that exposes the complexities and faults within the system, while going deeply into the moral issue of capital punishment. The story of these two sisters will capture your heart."

--Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking

"Cages is a marvelous and heartbreaking work of art...an eye opener for those unfamiliar with the U.S. system of 'justice.' I finished it last night and am still reeling from my emotional reaction. Kerry's case highlights the grave flaws in our system.
In this chilling book, Victoria Thorpe tells the harrowing story of two sisters' journey through the U.S. death penalty system. Ms. Thorpe's eyewitness account of a prosecutor's reckless pursuit of a murder conviction and death sentence against [her] sister, Kerry Lyn Dalton, reveals terrifying truths about our "criminal justice system", a farcical system of unchecked prosecutorial ambition, jailhouse snitching, careless police work, judicial bias, pro-death jurors, and powerless defense attorneys. However, more importantly, Cages gives voice to the voiceless, bearing witness to the unspeakable suffering of those caught in the U.S. lottery of death. Implicit in this powerful story is a cry for justice and the abolition of the death penalty."

 --Maurina Ladich, Appellate Attorney           (published endorsement for CAGES)

Book Review, July 31, 2012

By Ginny Moos

This review is from: Cages (Paperback)

Victoria Ann Thorpe's entry into the literary world as a story teller is marked by the arrival of "Cages", her first book. She easily weaves a menacing tapestry by pulling threads leading from her childhood, to the day that Irene Melanie May disappears in a dingy trailer park, to the court room trial that somehow leads to her sister Kerry Lyn sentenced to death in California.

In "Cages" the trial that condemns Kerry Lyn to death is haunted by the revelation that no body is ever found and no evidence uncovered that would attest to a brutal "torture" murder.

Victoria Thorpe details courtroom testimony in a style that a court reporter or law student would envy. Long, tedious hours of court transcript are masterfully turned into scenes corresponding to episodes from Kerry's life.

The author spins a stale that passes through the fifty-year life spans of her sister and siblings. In a fascinating literary convention, she approaches the narrative from the perspective of the "third-person." She writes of Victoria as one of the siblings in the story. She simultaneously knits three or four distinct periods of time into a gripping crime story that leads to the fateful day Kerry is convicted by a jury and sentenced to die.

Victoria Thorpe's writing is clear, crisp and focused. She could very easily be creating a screenplay or writing a spine-tingling crime novel. In one passage in "Cages" she refers to the San Diego County Court building as "..an eye sore...Looking like a massive air conditioning unit, all the windows covered by bars." It's in this cage that Kerry and her family encounter the dismal, oppressive, patriarchal California criminal justice system. Kerry Lyn's prosecution relies upon jail-house snitches, hearsay evidence, plea-bargains, overworked public defenders, ambitious district attorneys, and an indifferent judge.

There are side stories in "Cages" that could easily become books themselves.

I found "Cages" to be an easy read. Despite being well over 300 pages, it was hard to put down. I recommend "Cages" as an excellent, eerie, summer read, wonderfully written by a gifted storyteller.

Ginny J. Moos, M.ED., LMHC
Link to this review posted at Amazon:

Here is the amazingly beautiful song composed by Pam Larratt, inspired by Kerry Lyn's story, CAGES, and Victoria's Journey For Freedom.

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