5 arresting true crime books

2. The Eyes of Willie McGee, by Alex Heard


The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in Jim Crow South,” by Alex Heard (HarperCollins, 416 pp.) explores the case of Willie McGee, a black man sentenced to death in Mississippi in 1945 on charges that he raped a white woman. His defense – headed by a young Bella Abzug – suggested that McGee had been framed. Heard uncovers deception on both sides of the court case, leaving the reader with more questions than answers.

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