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Cellmates (The Marshall Project)

Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
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One prisoner’s ninety-year murder conviction becomes another prisoner’s crusade in this ongoing true account of an unlikely friendship forged behind bars and the enduring power of hope.

For seventeen years and counting, Robert Chattler has made good on his promise to help exonerate his former cellmate, Lee Harris, who he believes was baited and duped by Chicago PD and buried by the false testimony of a bribed witness. In this emotional story of courage and trust, suspicion and sacrifice, the award-winning journalist Tori Marlan reveals the uncanny friendship powering an impassioned fight for justice.

Tori Marlan’s Cellmates is part of Southside, a collection of five true stories about racism and reform, crime and corruption, justice and injustice in Chicago - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Marshall Project. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 Tori Marlan. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Michelle
  • Fayetteville, NC USA
  • 01-25-19

Wow

A very interesting book and makes you think about those who are incarcerated. I just didn’t like the ending. I was looking for closure

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  • Karen
  • Duluth MN
  • 10-20-18

Verl enjoyed the book very much.

Amazing devotion from a first time inmate to his first cell mate. The older cell mate tells our younger man, Led that he is innocent and Lee promises to help him. I don't want to spoil this for anyone, but l enjoyed it, and think you will too.

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Enduring friendship

Did police use Lee Harris to get a confession leading to his murder conviction? This book sets out to persuade that there wasn't strong enough evidence to convict him. Harris doesn't seem like a bad guy at all, just a gregarious man who wanted a reward of $20,000 for offering evidence that solves the case.

The hook in my view is the friendship of Lee Harris and Robert Chattler. That's an amazing friendship. These men provide something we all want and need - a friend who will stand by us through thick and thin. That's their gift, and I admire them for it.