[ Free epub ] A False Report: A True Story of Rape in AmericaAuthor T. Christian Miller – Avengersinfinitywarfullmovie.de

Also published as Unbelievable The Story of Two Detectives Relentless Search for the Truth in Two Pulitzer Prize winning journalists tell the riveting true crime story of a teenager charged with lying about having been raped and the detectives who followed a winding path to arrive at the truthOn August eighteen year old Marie reported that a masked man broke into her apartment near Seattle, Washington, and raped her Within days police, and even those closest to Marie, became suspicious of her story The police swiftly pivoted and began investigating Marie Confronted with inconsistencies in her story and the doubts of others, Marie broke down and said her story was a lie a bid for attention Police charged Marie with false reporting, and she was branded a liarMore than two years later, Colorado detective Stacy Galbraith was assigned to investigate a case of sexual assault Describing the crime to her husband that night, Galbraith learned that the case bore an eerie resemblance to a rape that had taken place months earlier in a nearby town She joined forces with the detective on that case, Edna Hendershot, and the two soon discovered they were dealing with a serial rapist a man who photographed his victims, threatening to release the images online, and whose calculated steps to erase all physical evidence suggested he might be a soldier or a cop Through meticulous police work the detectives would eventually connect the rapist to other attacks in Colorado and beyondBased on investigative files and extensive interviews with the principals, A False Report iis a serpentine tale of doubt, lies, and a hunt for justice, unveiling the disturbing truth of how sexual assault is investigated today and the long history of skepticism toward rape victims


10 thoughts on “A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America

  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    Marie told Rittgarn she had been attacked, that she wasn t making the rapist up She began to cry, saying she kept having a vision of him on top of her Rittgarn wasn t moved Later, when recounting Marie s words in a written report, he would put the word him in quotation marks. In 2008, a young woman known as Marie reported being raped Within just a few days, the investigation became an interrogation of Marie herself, as the police, her family, and her friends all began to doubt her story Marie told Rittgarn she had been attacked, that she wasn t making the rapist up She began to cry, saying she kept having a vision of him on top of her Rittgarn wasn t moved Later, when recounting Marie s words in a written report, he would put the word him in quotation marks. In 2008, a young woman known as Marie reported being raped Within just a few days, the investigation became an interrogation of Marie herself, as the police, her family, and her friends all began to doubt her story Convinced she would never be believed, Marie told the police she had lied and made it up She was then charged with false reporting.More than two years later, Marie s rapist a serial predator was found and convicted I cannot even begin to imagine the horrific situation Marie found herself in Not only was she a victim of one of the most horrendous crimes that can happen to a person, but everyone she should have been able to turn to and trust didn t believe her This should be the kind of isolated case that hardly ever happens, but it unfortunately highlights a much bigger trend in how rape cases are handled It is a crime quite unlike any other in that the victim becomes as much a suspect as the perpetrator.The first two thirds approximately of this book focuses on the solving of the crimes in question The authors write with a very engaging style, making this piece of non fiction read like a novel that pulls us in and doesn t let go The chapters alternate between what happened to Marie, a psychological history of the rapist, and two years later when another investigation leads police to tie newer crimes back to what happened to Marie in 2008.It was horrifying and yet impossible to look away from.Then we come to the final third of the book and the authors shift gears, now exploring the history behind the psychology of rape investigations, such as the seventeenth century Hale warning , which instructs jurors to always be wary of the false accusation It was extremely interesting and saddening to see just how long the history is of male lawmakers fearing and cautioning against the scorned woman who contrives false charges of sexual offences by men.This section contains lots of information about how this attitude has grown and developed over the centuries, such as Thomas Jefferson writing a letter to James Madison, who would author the bill of rights, opposing harsh punishment for rape because women often cry rape as an instrument of vengeance Even in the twentieth century, John Henry Wig wroteNo judge should ever let a sex offense charge go to the jury unless the female complainant s social history and mental makeup have been examined and testified to by a qualified physicianI am so glad the authors of this book are bringing attention to both Marie s case and the appalling history behind the poor treatment of rape victims Made up statistics about false reporting will still fly around, of course, but hopefully this book will encourage people to question them.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube


  2. Julie Julie says:

    A False Report A True Story of Rape in America by T Christian Miller, Ken Armstrong is a 2018 Crown Publishing Group publication In the United States, there s no saying how many women have been accused of making a false claim of rape, only to have the claim later proved to be true There is no such statistic kept But even Marie s case the extreme example where persecution becomes prosecution, where a victim is not only accused of lying, but criminally charged with it does not stand alone A False Report A True Story of Rape in America by T Christian Miller, Ken Armstrong is a 2018 Crown Publishing Group publication In the United States, there s no saying how many women have been accused of making a false claim of rape, only to have the claim later proved to be true There is no such statistic kept But even Marie s case the extreme example where persecution becomes prosecution, where a victim is not only accused of lying, but criminally charged with it does not stand alone At least three other cases like it have surfaced in media reports since the 1990s This book is absolutely harrowing, maddening, and sad Don t approach it if you have hypertension because you may find your blood pressure shooting through the roof Marie s life had been difficult, and by eighteen, she had already suffered much Things got far worse when she became a rape survivor and was brave enough to report the rape to the local authorities But, after repeating her experience several times, the police noticed her story was not exactly the same every time Not only that, those who were supposed to stand up for her, doubted her story as well Finally, after much pressure, Marie recanted her story, then found herself charged with filing a false report Meanwhile, one of the most clever, sick, and diabolical, serial rapist was on the loose in Colorado Thankfully, Edna Hendershot and Sarah Galbraith were tenacious and very thorough However, this case is an all too familiar accounting of what really goes on once a rape has been reported It should not be necessary to add a trigger alert here The rapist s habits and state of mind is detailed and it is absolutely sickening, chilling, and very disturbing But, the focus of the book is on the investigation, which nearly reads like a police procedural at times, and on the way law enforcement meets a report of rape with instant skepticism, the indignities so many women must endure AFTER a sexual assault The statistics were startling, the investigation riveting, and approach to interviewing rape survivors is appalling The authors did a great job at fleshing out what was initially a long form newspaper article Both men are Pulitzer prize winners, and T Christian Miller has written for ProPublica, one of very favorite investigative publications Naturally, the work is very detailed, well researched, and organized While what happened to Marie and the idea that if she had been taken seriously, if her account had been believed, then it may have spared others, had me fuming, and feeling incredibly frustrated, it is a very important book, one that shines a hot spotlight on the difficulties women face in reporting a rape Hopefully, this book will help draw attention to how those who have been sexually assaulted are treated by some members of law enforcement, the stigma, the traumatic procedures women must endure, and the consequences of doubting anyone who comes forward to report a crime Marie s story is infuriating, but, I m glad she finally found redemption and absolution, although it took irrefutable proof to obtain it 4 stars


  3. Beverly Beverly says:

    This is astoundingly well written, I sped through it in a few days Once I started, I had to know what happened A False Report tells the heartbreaking story of a young girl who is brutally raped and not only is her statement not believed, she is actually prosecuted for false reporting It is such a travesty of justice If she had been taken seriously, there would have been far fewer victims of this serial rapist.The authors are both journalists who were appalled and had to get this story out W This is astoundingly well written, I sped through it in a few days Once I started, I had to know what happened A False Report tells the heartbreaking story of a young girl who is brutally raped and not only is her statement not believed, she is actually prosecuted for false reporting It is such a travesty of justice If she had been taken seriously, there would have been far fewer victims of this serial rapist.The authors are both journalists who were appalled and had to get this story out Without the stellar police work of two female law enforcement officials, Marie would have been forever vilified as a liar, someone seeking attention in the worst possible way The whole way police departments treat rape victims has been found faulty and is undergoing change in a better direction lately, but it is an achingly slow process Many women are still not believed from the start, because they don t act the way observers think they should, either too emotional or too unemotional If you are too matter of fact when telling your story, did you really suffer any trauma And if you are too distraught, are you just seeking attention The authors researched why police interrogate victims the way they do and the history is fascinating and never dry These old methods no longer are pertinent and should be abandoned, but until they are, there will be manyfalse reports


  4. The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane) The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane) says:

    In 2008 an 18 year old woman reported that she was raped at knife point in her apartment in Lynwwod, WA The police did not believe her because there were inconsistencies in her story The victim finally admitted that she had lied, the investigating officer charged her with charged with a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail What actually happened was that the police did not believe her and pressured her to recant her story, not understanding that many victims of violent crimes In 2008 an 18 year old woman reported that she was raped at knife point in her apartment in Lynwwod, WA The police did not believe her because there were inconsistencies in her story The victim finally admitted that she had lied, the investigating officer charged her with charged with a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail What actually happened was that the police did not believe her and pressured her to recant her story, not understanding that many victims of violent crimes have difficulty describing what happened to them The inconsistencies wasn t because she was lying, the inconsistencies were caused by the trauma she suffered.Ken Armstong, The Marshall Project and Christian Miller, ProPubilica working in tandem have written about how police treat rape victims While the Lynnwood police department did not believe their rape victim, the police in Golden, Colorado did and they followed the correct procedures for handling rape crimes First off, they believed their victims, they reached out to other area police departments looking for similar type occurrences When confirmations of other similar rapes came the police departments worked together to identify the rapist, Marc Leary.This book is examines how we as a society view rape How are views were shaped, why we see some of the reactions to people claim of sexual assault The MeToo movement will hopefully have a positive impact on our handling of sexual assault.This is a well written book about a very difficult subject This review was originally posted on The Pfaeffle Journal


  5. Rachel Rachel says:

    Harrowing and eye opening, Unbelievable originally published as A False Report strings together the stories of victims of a serial rapist, focusing on one young woman, Marie, whose rape allegation was dismissed after she wasor less forced to recant her accusation When she went back to the police station to insist that she had in fact been raped, she was charged with false reporting Years later, the rapist was caught and Marie s record was expunged Unbelievable then ties together Ma Harrowing and eye opening, Unbelievable originally published as A False Report strings together the stories of victims of a serial rapist, focusing on one young woman, Marie, whose rape allegation was dismissed after she wasor less forced to recant her accusation When she went back to the police station to insist that she had in fact been raped, she was charged with false reporting Years later, the rapist was caught and Marie s record was expunged Unbelievable then ties together Marie s story, and the stories of the officers investigating this crime, with a larger commentary on the alarming way sexual assault allegations are often handled in the U.S.I decided to pick this up after a conversation with the editor of a piece I wrote recently on the rarity of false sexual assault allegations this book echoed a lot of the research that I had uncovered while writing that, so it was ultimately every bit as infuriating as I had expected it to be Seeing the startlingly unprofessional behavior of the officers investigating Marie was painful they would take minor inconsistencies in Marie s story and blow them out of proportion, having never been trained to recognize that assault victims often have scattered recollections But if there s one thing that saves this book from being a total downer, it s that T Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong emphasize the department wide changes that were instigated in the way officers are trained to deal with assault victims, that came about as a result of this incident I think this should be required reading for anyone in law enforcement handling a sexual assault case I will say, one thing I would have liked from this book isof a focus on the historical precedent of disbelieving women Miller and Armstrong put the effort in here, but their research is essentially relegated to a footnote in Marie s story, whereas I felt like there was room forinterrogation into the socio and psychological factors that underscored the particular narrative that they chose to highlight There was also a certain discomfort in the back of my mind whenever I thought too long and hard about the fact that this book s two authors are both male a bit of unpleasant irony given that the book s core conceit is advocating for the voices of women But to my pleasant surprise, this was actually addressed in the author s note the discomfort has been assuaged a bit knowing that this book s editorial team was entirely female, a number of female experts were consulted, and Marie herself was able to weigh in on the manuscript before it was published


  6. Caroline Caroline says:

    NO SPOILERS A False Report alternatively titled Unbelievable is the true story of an extraordinary set of rape cases They occurred months apart, in different towns, and to victims old and young, black and white The rapist went out of his way to leave no trace of his DNA The book highlights two main things how easily a rape case can be dismissed, and how crucial it is for police jurisdictions to not be possessive of their cases but to instead work together To these ends, Pulitzer priz NO SPOILERS A False Report alternatively titled Unbelievable is the true story of an extraordinary set of rape cases They occurred months apart, in different towns, and to victims old and young, black and white The rapist went out of his way to leave no trace of his DNA The book highlights two main things how easily a rape case can be dismissed, and how crucial it is for police jurisdictions to not be possessive of their cases but to instead work together To these ends, Pulitzer prize winning authors T Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong broke A False Report into three main stories that of the rapist, that of the disbelieved victim, and those of the other victims I liked so much about this fascinating book As disturbing as the rapist was, I liked reading his back story, which is included primarily as a peek into his psyche The authors start from when he was five and saw a movie that awakened in him an obsessive desire to own women To be clear, Miller and Armstrong humanized the rapist but never to the point of sympathy, nor did they devotespace to him than to his victims Where they excelled in this part was in illustrating the insatiable compulsion driving the man s actions It goes far in providing context for his strange behavior during the rapes something that probably was a major reason Miller and Armstrong decided to write this book It s this story line that gives the book its crime mystery feel.That changes when attention shifts to the disbelieved victim, an eighteen year old woman named Marie Marie s story line is cautionary, and the alternative title is right It s so astounding, it s unbelievable Miller and Armstrong effectively highlighted not just the harm of disbelieving a victim but showed how police got to that point with her, step by step It was interesting, in a sickening way, to see how quickly the police officer in charge dismissed this victim s report For this officer, the default was disbelief All that was needed were a few seeds of doubt planted by a doubtful caller The stories of some of the other rape victims are woven seamlessly with the story of the rapist and of Marie Marie s story hasto say, so Miller and Armstrong didn t detail the other victims in the same way they did Marie, but they nevertheless brought these other victims to life and did their stories justice As this is a true crime about rape, rapes are described however, as Miller and Armstrong said in the afterword, they wanted to provide detail without being gratuitous They achieved that There s enough information to understand the terror and trauma This is a strong investigative, narrative nonfiction, probing and thorough but to a fault The investigation had so many moving parts, involving so many people, that the numerous names blur together I was able to keep straight the two main female officers, but their female ness helped Police forces are overwhelmingly male therefore, most of the names in this book are male I forgot who these men were unless they were especially distinctive A False Report would have benefited from a cast of characters list in the opening pages More of a drawback is something I complained about with I ll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer the very confusing non chronological time line The authors strained to connect three complex story lines in just the right way to underscore the overall message Connecting the three really was necessary for this book to be the quality work it is however, about halfway through I wished I d taken notes from the start A False Report is vital, and especially current at this time when society is awakening fully to the reality of rape I stopped reading true crime books a few years ago because I was exasperated and then depressed reading accounts with a salacious tone, accounts that exist for no other reason than to report horrors Criminals get lionized and victims depersonalized A False Report is different from those in that it has a higher goal In an effort to effect change, it emphasizes the victims road to justice as much as it does the rapist s depravity It manages to educate all, motivate police officers to improve, and offer victims desperately needed hope Writers of true crime should take note A False Report should be their benchmark Complementary viewing Unbelievable The dramatized version of A False Report


  7. Michelle Michelle says:

    When I saw this was going to be a Netflix series, I knew I needed to jump on reading the book to get ahead of the watercooler talk I still haven t watched the series, but I definitely plan to I think the right mindset going into this is just plan to be pissed off There are some redeemable moments due to the excellent team work in Colorado and how the deplorable treatment of Marie helped to shed light on what is all too common not believing a victim and how that was used to radically change When I saw this was going to be a Netflix series, I knew I needed to jump on reading the book to get ahead of the watercooler talk I still haven t watched the series, but I definitely plan to I think the right mindset going into this is just plan to be pissed off There are some redeemable moments due to the excellent team work in Colorado and how the deplorable treatment of Marie helped to shed light on what is all too common not believing a victim and how that was used to radically change training and investigating of rape allegations countrywide What makes me also feel so sad is that I feel numb to all of the anger and frustration I should feel in reading this What originally followed this last sentence was me ranting on a soapbox, but I deleted it because this is a book review and I m trying to stay on topic All I can say is thank goodness to Betsy a lot of the wrongs were righted for the victims particularly Marie eventually Thank goodness there was excellent police work and the pooling of resources so ultimately this monster was caught Also, thank goodness the Lakewood police department made an effort to learn from their mistakes and do an internal and external investigation into how they failed Marie so utterly and completely.The technical jargon was a little heavy at times needed for investigative reporting, but a little dry to read none the less , but it was of manageable length that the book didn t get bogged down.This isn t my most eloquent review, but if you re into true crime and or good investigative reporting, this is definitely a read for you Review Date 10 7 19Publication Date 02 06 18


  8. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    I don t know what to say other than this is important and a must read The writing is flawless for nonfiction, never too heavy, and had me fully invested from the first paragraph I ll be watching the series, but I m so grateful I read the book to get the full story.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader I don t know what to say other than this is important and a must read The writing is flawless for nonfiction, never too heavy, and had me fully invested from the first paragraph I ll be watching the series, but I m so grateful I read the book to get the full story.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader


  9. Diabolica Diabolica says:

    Marie, an eighteen year old, who belonged to a support program for teenagers aging out of foster care Amber, in her twenties, was a graduate student at a local college Sarah, who had recently buried her husband eight weeks after he had been diagnosed with cancer Doris, age 65, worked as a housemother at a local fraternity.And countless other women all connected by the actions of single man In this book, Miller weaves an together the tale of a serial rapist who received a sentence of over 327 Marie, an eighteen year old, who belonged to a support program for teenagers aging out of foster care Amber, in her twenties, was a graduate student at a local college Sarah, who had recently buried her husband eight weeks after he had been diagnosed with cancer Doris, age 65, worked as a housemother at a local fraternity.And countless other women all connected by the actions of single man In this book, Miller weaves an together the tale of a serial rapist who received a sentence of over 327 and half years in prison for his actions which afflicted upwards 30 women Based off a true story, this book gets into the nitty gritty of the rape case all while keeping the reader s interest Reader discretion is advised while reading this book as Miller does not skimp out on the details, each case recited as the victims would to an officer However, that aside the book is written much like a narrative as opposed to a police report Every event leading to another, keeping the reader s interest throughout Miller even managed to incorporate multiple POVs, giving the reader insights on not only the police investigation and the victims lives, but also insights on the rapist, as a few chapters were written in his perspective Obviously, without revealing his name Miller did an impressive amount of research while writing this book Each case was written as if Miller was at the scene when the victim recounted the incident, or when the police conducted their investigation Not only does he include specifics about each individual case, but he also includes tidbits about the police investigation The technical aspects associated with finding a culprit with DNA samples also added another dimension to the book Asides from that, the book was empowering especially given the content Rape is like the bastard child of crimes, something no one really wants to deal with Leading to cases similar to a few described in Miller s book Plus, paired with the success of the few female officers that dominated these cases, this book radiated qualities associated with the feminist movement In all, hats off to Miller for writing such an interesting book Combining both the plethora of information that the case consisted off as well as format in which the book was written in, Miller had me hooked the entire time


  10. Darlene Darlene says:

    This book, A False Report A True Story of Rape in America is a collaborative project between journalists T Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong Both journalists had been working on their individual projects when they realized they had been reporting on the same series of rapes Mr Miller had been reporting on a series of rapes in Colorado for Pro Publica, an investigative news organization And Mr Armstrong had been investigating a story regarding a rape in Lynnwood, Washington for the Marsha This book, A False Report A True Story of Rape in America is a collaborative project between journalists T Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong Both journalists had been working on their individual projects when they realized they had been reporting on the same series of rapes Mr Miller had been reporting on a series of rapes in Colorado for Pro Publica, an investigative news organization And Mr Armstrong had been investigating a story regarding a rape in Lynnwood, Washington for the Marshall Project, a group that focuses on the criminal justice system In August 2008, a young woman named Marie reported to police that, in the early hours of the morning, a stranger had broken into her apartment, tied her hands with her own shoelaces, gagged her and raped her The rapist took photos of her throughout the assault and then made her shower for 20 minutes Before leaving her apartment with the linens from her bed, he warned her that if she called the police, he would post the photos online for her friends and family to see.Sadly and most unfortunately, Marie s story only gets worse Marie was questioned and asked to relate her story to Sergeant Jeffery Mason and Detective Jerry Rittgarn of the Lynnwood Police Department The officers were bothered by small inconsistencies which crept into Marie s story after relating her story multiple times They were also bothered by her demeanor she was far too calm, they thought Marie, who was 18 years old and living on her own for the first time, had spent her life living in a succession of foster homes The Marie s latest foster mother, Peggy, heard that she had been raped, she was immediately doubtful, feeling that Marie had always had a flair for drama Peggy decided to confide her doubts to the police and her suspicion, combined with the police s doubts, set into motion events which would lead not only to a miscarriage of justice but would also impact Marie s life for years What the Lynnwood police did in Marie s case is an example of what NOT to do when conducting a rape investigation.Sergeant Mason and Detective Rittgarn decided that Marie had been lying about being raped and they began interrogating her as if she was a suspect pressuring her to recant and threatening to charge her with the crime of lying to the police Because of Marie s difficult past and her tentative support system, she buckled under the pressure and told police she had lied Marie was then charged with lying to police and would spend years trying to put this unnecessary trauma behind her.The manner in which the Lynnwood police handled or mishandled Marie s case had direct consequences for several women living 1300 miles away in Colorado In 2011, Golden, Colorado police Detective Stacy Galbraith was assigned to investigate a rape The victim reported that in the early morning hours, she was awakened by a man straddling her in her bed He was dressed in dark clothing and wearing a black mask He bound her hands and raped her, taking photographs throughout the assault He then forced her to shower for 20 minutes before leaving with her bed linens Sound familiar That night, Detective Galbraith decided to discuss the case with her husband a fellow detective and her description held a ring of familiarity to her husband he was reminded of a rape which had occurred in Westminster, Colorado and he put her in touch with the detective investigating that case, Edna Hendershot.The Colorado rape cases, occurring over a several year period and in three police jurisdictions. Golden, Westminster and Aurora demonstrates how justice CAN be served when police derpartments work together and share information and when officers are properly trained in how to question rape victims in particular, when they are aware of the myriad of normal behaviors that can be expressed by traumatized people Hint Do not become suspicious over inconsistencies in the victim s story immediately after an assault and do NOT expect every victim to display intense emotions or hysteria Using cooperative police procedures, the latest in analyzing evidence collected at the rape scenes DNA and other trace evidence and the compassionate and analytical questioning of the victims, the three police departments got the break they needed in these cases First, they were able to prove conclusively using very minimal DNA left at the crime scenes that all three of the rapes were committed by the same man Ultimately, a 30 year old Lakewood , Colorado resident Marc O Leary was arrested, tried and convicted for these crimes Unfortunately, the Colorado rapes need not have occurred if the Lynnwood police had chosen to believe Marie s story and had investigated the crime Interestingly, the Colorado police did seize a computer belonging to O Leary and a thumb drive which contained dozens of photos of the women he had assaulted including Marie This book by Mr Miller and Mr Armstrong was part true crime and part police procedural but it was also an indictment of the culture we have created regarding our view and treatment of rape victims Describing the normalization and minimalization of rape as rape culture , the authors discuss just how common the belief is in our society that when college aged men rape, they are simply making youthful mistakes and it would be awful if they were forced to serve time in jail or lose their college scholarships People hold this belief despite the results of a survey of young men which showed that one out of three said they would rape if they could get away with it If you re interested in this aspect of rape cultural specifically, I would recommend that you read the well researched book by Jon Krakaeur called Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town The authors go on to describe our rape culture as one which also manages to blame the victims by pointing out that how much a woman drinks or what type of clothing she wears can be used to justify the belief that a woman was asking to be raped And our rape culture can also explain the skepticism and disbelief that some police officers display toward victims who report rape This disbelief frequently leads to a miscarriage of justice as was demonstrated in Marie s case.I can t say that I learned much from this book that I hadn t already been aware of but what I read was depressingly illustrative of how little things have changed in the 30 years since I read Susan Brownmiller s groundbreaking book called Against Our Will Men, Women and Rape Perhaps the MeToo movement which has become so popular will be instrumental in bringing not only recognition of sexual violence against women, but also real change in our culture and how we think about rape we can hope so anyway