Innocent Man Paper

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As the novel opens, we are greeted by Ron Williamson who is a character from the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, which is one of those types of places no one even knew, existed. Williamson is very much thought of like the star quarterback on the college football team. He was “Mr. Popularity” throughout high school; always being the one to round up the gang for a party every weekend. He was a very talented athlete and never passed up a ball game. Williamson was on the honor roll throughout high school, a straight A-grade student, and was recognized many times for his performance as a student at school and his performance as an athlete on the field. His success did not end after high school, but rather he went on to play for the major league in baseball and was recognized for his performance over and over again leading the draft picks many seasons. Ron had dreamed of being a ‘big-star’ and a ‘hit’ in the major leagues just as he was on his hometown team, but unfortunately for him he never did reach such heights.

As a young man, struggling with the challenges of adulthood, Williamson tried repeatedly not to slip into the unspoken lifestyle of many popular athletes – clubs, partying, the drugs and alcohol, gambling, and ‘risqué’ behavior. However, there came a day where the pressures where just too much to bear for young Williamson and he tripped and fell head first into the lifestyle he vowed to avoid for so long. The major leagues quickly put a boot to this behavior and as a result, Williamson found himself wondering around and being thrown in every direction. He became known as the official “guinea pig” of the majors and found himself bouncing from team to team season after season. His teammates and coaches were not the only ones who disapproved of such behavior. He struggled daily with his marriage until one day it just all ended. His wife of 3 years filed for a divorce, which simply just added stress and pain to the already struggling Williamson. After the divorce was finalized, in an effort to cope with his heartbreak and sorrow, he resorted to his old hangout back in good ‘ole Oklahoma and became a part of a different crowd. Through the friendship of a local native, Dennis Fritz, who was heading down the same road of pain and sorrow, Williamson immediately became a part of the ‘club scene’. If Williamson returned home at the end of night, he was lucky. Many of his nights were spent in a jail cell ‘sleeping off’ his alcohol, drunken driving charges, and disorderly conduct.

We now travel to the year 1982 and to the small village of Ada, Oklahoma where a chilling crime was unfolding and sparking the curiosity of this tight knit community. An innocent woman, who we later learn is Debbie Carter, was brutally raped and murdered inside of her apartment. While reading the novel, we are given multiple reasons to believe that a man named Glen Gore committed the crime. Gore had been arrested previously for and had a never-ending history of showing...

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