From Marc Seifer, the author of Wizard, comes a true-life courtroom thriller in the tradition of Scott Turow and John Grisham.
In this real-life courtroom
drama, handwriting analysis expert Dr. Marc Seifer shares the true account of a
man falsely accused, the coercion and police corruption that threatened to send
him to the electric chair, and the series of events that would eventually
Stephen Rosati had it all.
An accomplished bodybuilder, former Mr. Rhode Island, and owner of a posh
health club, Stephen was the son of real-estate mogul Carl Rosati. One
September day, Stephen’s world was shattered when a state trooper arrested him
for the murder of drug dealer Joe Viscido Jr.—a crime that had occurred in
Florida four years earlier when Stephen was 1,500 miles away.
Though Stephen could prove
he was in New England at the time of the murder, a man named Peter Dallas had
confessed to the crime and named Stephen as his accomplice. Stephen found
himself in a Rhode Island jail awaiting transfer to Florida, where he could
face a death sentence for a crime he knew nothing about.
Stephen set out to prove
his innocence. He hired Jack Cicilline—one of the keenest legal minds in New
England and attorney to many notorious mobsters. The Rosatis brought on famed
handwriting expert Marc Seifer. Although Dr. Seifer’s testimony in court proved
that Rosati was in Rhode Island when Viscido was killed, it wasn’t enough to
deter Florida police from attempting to pin the murder on Rosati.
Thus began the longest
extradition hearing in United States history and a powerful criminology case study in
police misconduct, mishandled evidence, and wrongful prosecution. With access
to over 1,500 pages of police logs, 1,400 pages of court transcripts, and
countless depositions and interviews, Seifer weaves a thrilling story of one
man’s battle for justice. Download and start listening now!