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Sarah Weinman, Scoundrel

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Edgar Smith was sentenced to death for the murder of teenager Victoria Zielinski and in prison in the 1960s when William F. Buckley, founder of the National Review and well-known conservative pundit, struck up an unlikely friendship with him. Through his connection with Buckley, Smith was eventually freed from prison, got a book deal, achieved some fame…and tried to commit murder again. His story is a fascinating look at who gets a second chance, whose stories are believed and not believed, and in what ways the justice system can be manipulated. Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free is the account of this story by the wonderful writer Sarah Weinman.

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Read Sarah Weinman's twice-monthly Crime column for the New York Times Book Review.