Thursday, February 6, 2014

the last book I ever read (Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial, excerpt seventeen)

from Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink:

What sank the case in the one juror’s mind was that nobody stood before the jury and testified to seeing Anna Pou actually inject a patient. The fundamental evidence needed to pin the deaths on the woman whose name was on the indictment papers was, in this juror’s opinion, lacking.

The juror was a devotee of forensic pathologist Michael Baden’s documentary television series Autopsy. What particularly struck her was the fact that so many patients who had been alive in the morning were dead in the afternoon. And Emmett Everett, he would stay with her. She would recall, years later, the vision of him eating his breakfast that Thursday morning and asking the staff when they were going to rock and roll. She believed the experts’ reports that concluded that the deaths at Memorial were homicides.

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