Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Innocent Man

John Grisham has written his first work of non-fiction, a tragic tale
of a man with bipolar disorder who's sentenced to death row for a
crime he didn't commit.

You can hear an interview with him and read an excerpt at NPR:
Grisham Traces Exoneration of an 'Innocent Man'

This really disturbs me, as the bipolar disorder community is so
vulnerable to things like this.


Dream Writer said...

Let us not forget that he was Innocent.

I never heard that Bipolars were murderers. NEVER!

Jon said...

Thanks for stopping by, DW.

Barb said...

Yeah, it does sound disturbing. Personally, I'd read it first and then see what I think. But bipolars don't need anymore bad press!

jane said...

Thank you so much for telling us about this book. I just ordered it on Amazon.
From what I've read (In the book "Crazy) like 1/4 of the prison population is mentally ill.
I'm extremely thankful for people like you who bring this sort of thing to light.

Dobro said...

This book may not help with the stigma that people with BP have. But the guy in the story was innocent. Like Barb, I'd also have to read the book first before really deciding what I feel about it.
Thanks for bringing it to my attention.I did not know about it.

krazykitty said...

Thanks for the post, I just went and bought the book. Not finished yet but I'm sure I will be in the next few days. Love John Grishams work

Anonymous said...

I am going to order this right now. Thank you.
I hope that Grisham can do justice to the mentally ill.

Jon said...

Thanks all for stopping by and commenting. I'm still not in a frame of mind where I can read, although I am looking forward to reading this when it returns.

Smythe said...

thanks for this excerpt and comments---I am so much in agreement with you concerning our vulnerability to such things.

kim said...

most likely the the book will be optioned and we will see a film. i can only hope it will not portray him or his illness in a negative manner. i can only hope, instead, it will open some eyes. and even moreso anger people that this continues to go on. yes, he was wrongfully convicted and that is tragic. just as tragic would be that he and many other mentally ill women and men in prison are not treated. this needs to change. even though i'm not a grisham fan, millions of people read his work, this could be a good thing, or a really bad thing. let's hope for the best.

Crazy Fat Chick said...

I agree that we don't need any more bad press. I hate when someone commits a crime and the first thing that the media has to say is that he/she is bipolar or has a history of mental illness.

Thanks for the info, I am going to read it.

ariadneK, Ph.D. said...

Jon, please get in touch with me if need be for support regarding your current situation (from your main blog); I've been in this situation SO many times, and it never gets better...I'm more worried about you than anything else.


Jon said...

Thanks all for your comments.

ariadneK, I'd appreciate any input you might have. My email is livingbipolar at gmail dot com.

ariadneK, Ph.D. said...

Thank you, Jon, I will send you an email.