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Gone in the Night: The Dowaliby Family's Encounter With Murder and the Law

Protess, David and Rob Warden

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ISBN 10: 0385306199 / ISBN 13: 9780385306195
Published by Delacorte Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1993
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Green paper on boards, black cloth on spine. Volume has bumped bottom corners. Jacket is rubbed. Now in clear cover. "On a late summer evening in 1988, seven-year-old Jaclyn Dowaliby put on her favorite nightgown, said goodnight to her family, and went to bed. The next morning Jaclyn's bed was empty. Four days later, her lifeless body was found in high weeds a few miles from the Dowaliby home. The sensational crime triggered intensive news coverage; with cameras and reporters following their every move, law enforcement authorities were pressed to find, charge and convict the killer fast. Based on the demeanor of Jaclyn's parents and plausible but incorrect assumptions about the physical evidence, the authorities started and ended their search in the Dowaliby home. In November, Cynthia and David Dowaliby were charged with their daughter's murder. Political maneuvering and media manipulation was the foundation of the prosecutor's case. The stunning result of a three-week trial in 1990 raised more questions than it answered. Enter an intrepid group of Chicago journalists and a blue-chip law firm committed to finding the truth. What they discovered was shocking.". Bookseller Inventory # 14748

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Title: Gone in the Night: The Dowaliby Family's ...

Publisher: Delacorte Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: B/W Photographs

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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An account of the murder of Jaclyn Dowaliby describes how, due to intense media and community pressure to find a killer--any killer--Jaclyn's father was unjustly accused, tried, and convicted of her murder

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Well-told story of a suburban Chicago kidnapping, murder, and miscarriage of justice. Protess (Journalism and Urban Affairs/Northwestern) wrote three major stories about the case for the Chicago Tribune, while Warden is a freelance investigative journalist. One morning in 1988, Cynthia and David Dowaliby awoke to find their seven-year-old daughter, Jaclyn, missing: Broken windows attested to a break-in. Four days later, Jaclyn's decaying body was found in a field with a rope wrapped around her neck. The police had no leads other than the Dowalibys themselves and, asked to take lie-detector tests, the parents ``passed'' handily. But Chicago's outrage about the case boiled over, and local prosecutor Richard M. Daley, whose eye was riveted on the mayoral seat left vacant by his late father, decided to win ink by prosecuting the Dowalibys. Many career prosecutors in Daley's office told him that there was no case, but the Dowalibys were arrested the same day that Daley announced his mayoral candidacy. In the middle of the trial, the judge dismissed the case against Cynthia for lack of evidence, but the confused jury--under pressure from a hectoring foreman--decided David's guilt on irrelevant evidence not even discussed in the trial, and he was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Meanwhile, author Protess entered the scene and, joined by Warden, began punching holes in the verdict. Over a year later, Dowaliby was freed when the Illinois Appellate Court vacated the verdict on lack of evidence. Then Protess and Warden got hot after suspects, especially Cynthia's ex-brother-in-law, a paranoid schizophrenic, who told them about ``the spirit,'' his alter ego, who had taken Jaclyn to heaven. The case has now been reopened. Steadily gripping, though more as a story of justice gone awry than of a murder. (Sixteen-page photo insert--not seen) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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