A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists tell the riveting true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the detectives who followed a winding path to arrive at the truth. On August 11, 2008, eighteen-year-old Marie reported that a masked man broke into her apartment near Seattle, Washington, and raped her, but within days police and Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists tell the riveting true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying a...

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Title:A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America
Author:T. Christian Miller
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1524759937
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Apr 09, 2018
    Another fascinating true crime story, this one examining a case that police determined to be a false report.. but it wasn't. After being accused of lying and pressured by police, the 18-year-old victim recanted her story and she was charged with the crime of false reporting. The police...
  • Elese
    Oct 17, 2017
    Mostly overcame my initial side-eye at two men writing on this subject. A few pages into the first chapter, I realized that I'd read the excellent Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica piece that this book grew out of ... still found this book-length examination compelling and worthy and u...
  • The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
    Mar 04, 2018
    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 wit...
  • Andrienne
    Oct 10, 2017
    I didn?t realize that I had already seen a 48 Hours episode that featured the topic of this book called, ?Hunted.? The writing is meticulous and there were so many names of people involved to remember, but it sheds a light on how reporting and investigating a rape is difficult. T...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    Mar 18, 2018
    This is an exceptional book about the long road to justice for a group of women assaulted by a serial rapist. Investigators doubted one of the first victims, Marie, pressuring her to recant her story and even charging her with false reporting. The authors trace Marie's story as well as...
  • Sheryl
    Aug 12, 2018
    How do you defend yourself when someone accuses you of rape?", I believe that was the statement that William Kennedy Smith so stoically announced during his trial back in the early 90's. The public was glued to their television sets when Court TV was still on the air this was a tremend...
  • Darlene
    Mar 22, 2018
    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. Mi...
  • Jamie
    Oct 01, 2017
    I'm giving a lot of books 5 stars this week, but when you're good, you're good. This expansion of a magazine piece (and I love a good magazine article) is a gripping, maddening true crime story. In 2008 in Washington, a young woman was raped. Within a week police pressures and doubt ma...
  • Steve
    Feb 17, 2018
    Powerful stuff ... and (for the open minded) an incredibly important book at a unique point in time. I hope it becomes widely read and, more importantly, discussed. I'm not suggesting that this book, alone, will alter, inform, or evolve the national narrative on rape, but it's a step i...
  • Evy
    Feb 22, 2018
    4.5 stars Read for Read Harder 2018 challenge: A book of true crime THIS is what Read Harder is for! I've never had an interest in true crime, and passed it off as a genre that I thought wasn't for me. But this was just so good, and gripping, and I think now I'll definitely try m...
  • Jo
    Feb 02, 2018
    Truly important in today's climate. This was an in-depth look at the world that women live in. Claim rape and no one believes you - claim nothing happened and you are shamed. This book enraged me. It made me want to go home and never allow my teen daughter out of the house. So much foc...
  • Bernadette
    Feb 24, 2018
    It?s no surprise that A False Report, A True Story of Rape in America is a difficult read. The book follows the life of an eighteen-year-old rape survivor named Marie who leaves a life in and out of the foster care system to begin life on her own. In 2008, Marie is raped and immedi...
  • Emily May
    Dec 05, 2017
    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 quotatio...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Jan 28, 2018
    4 stars Thanks to Crown Publishing and First to Read for this ARC, which publishes Feb 6, 2018. Very good non-fiction book detailing a serial rapist. Written from verbal conversations, court and police records, and newspaper accounts. This story reads like fiction -and although writ...
  • Julie
    Mar 21, 2018
    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 ...
  • Maureen
    Feb 10, 2018
    This is a compelling look at a horrifying sequence of events. The authors are both respected journalists who took great pains to avoid making this book simply a voyeuristic account of the crimes and capture of the rapist. Strong writing. ...
  • Allison
    Feb 25, 2018
    I think that a lot of times, we hear about how law enforcement fails victims of rape. When it comes to that, this book was kind of like a breath of fresh air in that there is a rapist captured and sentenced and justice is served. On the other hand, there is a false accusation charge br...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    May 08, 2018
    Netgalley #46 Many thanks go to Miller and Armstrong, Crown Publishing, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. Extremely touching account of a serial rape investigation across state lines. What happens when police departments do not coord...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Oct 29, 2017
    This is about a young woman's report of being raped that gets all twisted up. Written by 2 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, the book follows the story of eighteen-year-old Marie. She is made to question herself because of doubters, so she recants, then tries to stand by her report, ...
  • Polly Roth
    Mar 10, 2018
    Horrifying. So important. An incredible account ...
  • Casey
    Mar 05, 2018
    Oh. This. Book. This felt like such honest, noble journalism and ? though absolutely heartbreaking and disturbing ? I appreciated it so much. I am just sitting on my bed awestruck after blowing through this one and I don?t even know what to do with myself. This book sheds such an...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Feb 04, 2018
    This review can also be found on BW Book Reviews. Thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my rating. This kind of book isn?t my usual type of thing. I don?t usually like reading about rape, and ...
  • Jennie
    Feb 17, 2018
    A well-written and thoughtful book despite not being an easy read. Obviously trigger warnings for rape and sexual assault, but if you're trying to learn more about this topic, I'd consider it essential reading. Should be required reading for all law enforcement. ...
  • Barry Sierer
    Mar 30, 2018
    This book is a fairly decent crime story that carries a disturbing over-all theme; that police investigations of rape (in this case, the more cut and dried ?stranger rape? cases rather than date rape cases) can be tragically flawed because of erroneous assumptions by the people who...
  • Stacy Fetters
    Dec 25, 2017
    I'm one of those housewives who sees that her husband is gone for a few hours on a Saturday night. I check to make sure that he's really gone. Once he's nowhere in sight, I put on some comfy pajamas, pour myself a huge glass of wine, and then I turn on some late night mystery show. 48 ...
  • Diabolica
    Apr 16, 2018
    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, a...
  • Janel
    Apr 15, 2018
    *Thanks for the free book, Crown Publishing* 2.5 stars - Upon finishing A False Report, I had to take some time and reflect back on all that I?d read. Sometimes, when I read books such as this one, I immediately want to give it a five-star rating and the highest praise due to the ...
  • Kathleen
    Dec 19, 2017
    2.5 stars This book was not what I expected. The focus was on specific cases in Colorado and Washington. I thought that it was going to be a broader investigative piece, and place the specific cases in a larger cultural perspective. The big picture was only 20% or so, while the oth...
  • Tziggy
    Jan 15, 2018
    Very well written about true events leading up to the conviction of a serial rapist. If you like dateline, forensic files, etc., you should enjoy this book. ...
  • PinkAmy loves  💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    Dec 19, 2017
    **Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of A FALSE REPORT: THE TRUE STORY OF RAPE IN AMERICAN by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong in exchange for my honest review ** In 2008 in Washington state, eighteen year old Marie, a former foster child, is raped in...