James Scott was twenty-four years old when he was first convicted in 1994-and then again in 1998-of intentionally causing a catastrophe. His alleged crime was causing a levee to break, which flooded over 14,000 acres of farmland during the Great Midwestern Floods of '93. Though no one died, he was the first and only person in Missouri history convicted under this obscure 1979 law and is now serving a life sentence. He won't be eligible for his first parole hearing until 2023, when he will be fifty-five years old. In Damned to Eternity, Adam Pitluk contends that James Scott was a victim of a federal agency, a town, and law enforcement hell-bent on blaming him for something he maintains he didn't do.
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"Adam Pitluk has written the anatomy of a modern-day witch-hunt. He has given us a true crime book in which the real crime is the persecution and false conviction of an innocent man, the scapegoat for an epic flood. A suspenseful page-turner, a muckraking investigation, and a searing portrait of intolerance behind the façade of a storybook small town, Dammed To Eternity is a genuinely singular book."--Samuel G. Freedman, author of Upon This Rock
"Vivid and deeply researched, Damned to Eternity has a surging, fast paced, you-are-there quality, like a ride on the floodwaters of the mighty Mississippi herself. The Perfect Storm meets Law and Order. A gripping read."--Mike Sager, author of Revenge of the Donut Boys and Scary Monsters and Super FreaksAbout the Author:
Adam Pitluk is a contributor to TIME magazine and is the author of Standing Eight. He spent most of the 1990s living along various rivers in Missouri and now lives in Dallas, Texas.
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Book Description Da Capo Press, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0306815273
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