Jonesboro native John Grisham was in Blytheville last night to discuss his new book at a charity fundraiser.
"The Innocent Man" is Grisham's first work of non-fiction and tells the story of Ron Williamson, an Oklahoma man sent to death row for a crime he did not commit.
Anti-capital punishment activist Betsey Wright says in an e-mail, "Since he was in the neighborhood, I wish he had mentioned the Jonesboro wrongful conviction of Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis 3, who sits on Arkansas death row. I have read [Grisham's] book and it is spellbinding and suspenseful, as masterfully written as any of his fiction. He captures superbly the criminal justice system’s confusion/ignorance/cruelty concerning mental illness. And he captures the impact of death row incarceration on the mental health/illness/stability of the people put there. I hope all of you will read it. This has happened in Arkansas too. We have at least three men on our death row to whom this has happened."