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Life After Murder

Five Men in Search of Redemption

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An award-winning journalist tells the personal stories of five convicted murderers, offering a new perspective on guilt, forgiveness, and second chances in America

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 09, 2012 – Can a murderer be redeemed? This is Mullane’s central theme in her revealing book of five murderers who all served lengthy sentences in California’s notorious San Quentin Prison, now seeking to live out the remainder of their tainted lives without condemnation or reproach. Without any attempt to excuse their crimes, Mullane, a producer for Public Radio International’s This American Life, offers a highly charged exposé of this quintet of hopeful ex-cons—Eddie Ramirez, Donald Cronk, Phillip Seiler, Jesse Reed, Richard Rael—battered by a wicked tangle of red tape and penal regulations, along with an unsympathetic outside world that refuses to either forget or forgive their transgressions. With their fates in the hands of the governor and the parole board, very few lifers are released, Mullane writes, and often wait up to 15 years between parole hearings. Boasting gripping, top-notch journalism, Mullane pierces the myth of the unredeemable killer with these portraits of troubled men in a society that fears and reviles them.

Customer Reviews


The author, a reporter, uses crisp and clear writing to tell her story. However, the story she tells has more to do with her view on parole reform than the aftermath of murder.

I would have liked to see how her subjects fare ten years after parole, rather than 24 months. I hope she has that idea planned for another book.

Excellent Read

Absorbing narrative about men who believe in our criminal justice system and the small hope they were offered, when sentenced for murder, that they might one day earn their freedom. These men have spent most of their lives working to change and make amends for their crimes despite the nearly impossible odds that they would ever be released from prison. Nancy Mullane knows how to tell a story and, more to the point, how to get real people to tell their own stories and have the rest of us care. Couldn't put it down.

Fascinating insight, but publisher problems

First: Downloading the digital copy has been severely problematic. Chapter 3 is gone completely, and only the first 73 pages downloaded. I tried deleting, and re-uploading, but only have the option of fully repurchasing the book. Digital format books are proving to be a hassle. I don't understand how there aren't simple quality control measures undergone prior to making a publication available?!

Second: From what I was able to read, this calm, straightforward insight into a closed and forgotten world is interesting and detailed.

Life After Murder
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  • $17.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: True Crime
  • Published: Jun 22, 2012
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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