I'm still writing on my novels but I have wanted to do a non-fiction book of my own, as opposed to those I have ghost written, and decided to make the first one about the Cameron Todd Willingham case here in Texas.
For those of you who are unaware of the case, Mr. Willingham was executed in 2004 after a 1992 trial in which he was convicted of Capital Murder. The allegations were that he had set a fire in his house with the intention of killing his three children.
The case is extremely controversial for a number of reasons, including the fact that the "science" used by the arson investigator has been completely discredited with a number of prominent fire experts coming forward and publicly stating there was no credible evidence to suggest that the fire was arson and that the indicators the expert for the state relied on were actually not indicators at all but rather common findings due to the actual fire as opposed to what started the fire. By this, I'm not commenting on whether or not I think Mr. Willingham was innocent at this point or anything along those lines. I think nearly evreyone who is not a prosecutor or involved in the case agrees that the expert testimony was, at best, flawed.
This one is going to take a while as I already have thousands of pages of transcripts, evidence, and other research materials to pore over but it will certainly be an experience sifting through all of this. I'm trying to approach this analytically and using my legal background and trial experience.
What makes this particularly interesting is that I know several of the people invovled in the case.
I'll keep you informed as I go but this one is going to take a while.