Tuesday, July 07, 2009

John Grisham Writing Original Screenplay on Norfolk Murder Case

The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that author John Grisham is writing a screenplay about one of the most notorious murder cases in the history of Norfolk (VA), the 1997 rape and slaying of young Navy wife Michelle Moore-Bosko. Four men of the men convicted of the crime have maintained their innocence and are collectively known as the "Norfolk Four".

According to the published article, the case had twists and turns from the beginning: First, a single man, Moore-Bosko's neighbor, was charged with murder. Six months later, a second man was also charged. In the months that followed, a total of eight men were arrested. Charges against three were withdrawn. Four of the five men convicted now say their confessions to the crimes were coerced and that they are innocent. Their lawyers say one man, the last man to be charged in the crime and the only suspect whose DNA was found at the scene, committed the killing alone.

Grisham said he believes the men are innocent. "I strongly believe they were wrongfully convicted," he said.

This is Grisham’s second original screenwriting effort, after his 2004 baseball movie Mickey. It's the first time he’s returned to nonfiction since making his debut in the genre with his 2006 bestseller The Innocent Man.

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