Kerry was arrested in 1977 for a crime he did not commit. The actual killer was known to police from the very beginning. Instead they targeted Kerry using junk science, witness tampering, jail house snitches & so much more to frame him for a crime he didn't commit.
Kerry was wrongfully convicted and spent 22 years being mentally and physically brutalized on death row in Texas. He still has the scars other inmates carved into his body.
Kerry is still fighting for his innocence. His actual innocence hearing in 2016 still has not been ruled on by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. This is an unprecedented wait.
Your support and contributions will help Kerry continue his fight for actual innocence. Kerry suffers from complex PTSD due to his 43 year fight against mind-boggling Smith County, Texas police and prosecutorial misconduct trying to achieve justice and accountability. He has no job, health insurance or compensation for his wrongful conviction. His fight continues as he awaits the final decision from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for over four years now......
In the summer of 1977, Kerry Max Cook was staying in Tyler, TX. He met an attractive young woman named Linda Edwards and was invited back to her apartment for a drink and left his fingerprints on the sliding glass door. Four days later, Ms. Edwards was found brutally murdered. When the police dusted for prints, they found Cook's and immediately arrested him. Edward Jackson testified that Cook confessed to the murder during a jailhouse conversation. Jackson was set free, only to kill again several years later. Cook, on the other hand, was convicted and sentenced to death.
He was thrown into a world for which no one could be prepared, and he survived beatings, sexual abuse, and depression; all the while, he fought against a justice system that was determined to keep him quiet and loath to admit a mistake. Through the work of a crusading group of lawyers who forced a series of retrials, his case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ordered the case be reconsidered. It wasn't until the spring of 1999 that Cook was finally able to walk free: long-suppressed DNA evidence had linked James Mayfield, Linda Edwards's ex-lover, to the crime.
Chasing Justice is the best selling book of Kerry's story. "My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn't Commit."
"An immensely compelling story... If it were fiction, no one would believe it." John Grisham
Kerry Max Cook was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and spent much of his youth on army bases in Europe. In 1972, he and his family returned to the United States to live in Texas. Since gaining his freedom, Cook has been an outspoken advocate for legal reform. He has made numerous national and international media appearances and has lectured at Princeton, Yale, and the University of Chicago. His story was incorporated into the acclaimed play The Exonerated, of which he is often a cast member. He was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship to write Chasing Justice.