May 5, 2013

Echoes of My Soul

cover image of Echoes of My Soul
Robert K. Tanenbaum

The 1963 double homicide of Janice Wylie and Emily Hoffert, both in their early 20s, was dubbed "The Career Girls Murder," sending waves of fear out among other young women who had come to Manhattan to land a job. The crime needed to be solved quickly to quiet the panic in the city, but unfortunately the wrong man was collared for the killing. In their haste, New York police beat a confession out of a young man and somehow managed to get a conviction in court. The mishandling of this case became a basis for the Miranda rights granted to suspects today and also was instrumental in the abolishment of the death penalty in the state of New York. Fascinating and important true crime reporting.