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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Last Man Standing Is Jack Daniel McCullough by Alan R. Warren is a true-crime story. A chance interview makes Alan Warren believe that Jack McCullough might just be innocent of the crimes of which he was found guilty. Two crimes – a seven-year-old girl, kidnapped and murdered in Illinois in 1957, and the rape of his own sister, a crime reported in 2008. The original kidnapping report was a deathbed confession by none other than Jack’s own mother. And, in 2008, Janet Tessier, Jack’s half-sister, reported the rape of her own sister, Jeanne, forcing the police to reopen the original case. Alan Warren provides an in-depth report into both crimes and both investigations, but it goes further, delving into Jack’s time in prison and his efforts to get his convictions overturned. Now you become the jury – you decide if Jack McCullough was guilty of murder in 1957 or if he was just The Last Man Standing.
The Last Man Standing Is Jack Daniel McCullough by Alan R Warren is an excellent true crime book. Alan Warren has gone into so much depth here, leaving no stone unturned in his bid to uncover the details, not just about the crimes and the investigations, but the evidence, Jack’s time in prison, his bid to get those convictions overturned and so much more. It felt like it was written like a novel and that, to a certain extent, is how it reads with the proviso that you have to keep in mind it is a real story. It also brings home just how often innocent people are convicted of crimes they never committed. The main person in this story, Jack McCullough, isn’t completely innocent of all crime and you may find it hard to like him – it took me a while to warm up to him - but that is no reflection on Alan R Warren and the way he has written this account. What I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed the book and so will any true-crime fans. Did I think Jack was guilty of the original kidnapping and murder? That’s for me to know and for you to make your own mind up.