AND THE SEA WILL TELL
Vincent Bugliosi & Bruce Henderson
The problem with AND THE SEA WILL TELL is that the authors fail to prove their claim of presenting a true account of a murder mystery. It embodies the kind of mistaken truth resulting when only half the story is told. If juries considered only the prosecutor's side of a case all verdicts would be guilty. Without competent defense, half-stories create false assumptions and lead to false conclusions.
Anyone who has read or will read the Bugliosi-Henderson version of this case, is and will be left with a sense of unease by the fact that the evidence in chief, being circumstantial and subject to contradictory interpretations, is necessarily incomplete and the major premise that murder was done goes without reasonable proof.
Other than through venting a half-dozen wild speculations, the authors fail to resolve the crux of the case. One defendant is acquitted while the other is found guilty - conflicting verdicts based on essentially the same evidence. Some readers may conclude, as even certain members of the two juries did, that one bought her acquittal through expensive big time lawyers while the other suffered the consequences of being represented by court-appointed incompetents.
For the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say, readers have to read Palmyra: The True Story of an Island Tragedy, only recently self-published and available on this website, an account by the sole eyewitness to those crucial events lying at the heart of the case, a far more complete and interesting version penned by none other than the wrongly convicted and designated subject - villain himself.
AND THE SEA WILL TELL claims to be a true account of a high-profile murder mystery. It is neither true nor is there a murder. If life is farce to those who think and tragedy to those who feel, the only reasonable judgment of this book as opposed to an emotional one is obvious,. When venal elements inherent in the exposition are added, along with penchants for farcical assumptions leading to tragic conclusions, we are left with a series of trite distortions of events and dialogue composing the narrative, all cleverly concealed by a sly rhetoric transforming it into a hoax.
All hoaxes begin on a fundament of truth. Where there is little dispute regarding the skeleton of evidentiary facts in a case turning on what occurred during one 24-hour period in late August, 1974, opinions of character and the veracity of mutating testimony and other evidence soon diverge from the experience and perceptions of the sole eyewitness to that crucial event, While the authors must cling to the public line of simplest facts, it is in fleshing out the body of the tale's text that they are found to abandon intellectual and professional integrity in favor of misleading bias, the belaboring of those facts into an edifice of falsehood.
Who says so? Why Wesley Walker, who can tell a whorehouse from a courthouse by the fact that Bugliosi practices his profession in the first and Henderson solicits sleazy favors in the second. Walker has penned Palmyra: The True Story of an Island Tragedy, a more honest and interesting version of this case by far.
Palmyra: The True Story of an Island Tragedy
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Sooty Terns nesting area on Palmyra Atoll
Palmyra Jungle - A poem in green growth
One of the many small islets making up the Palmyra Atoll as opposed to Cooper Island which is 2 miles long and ¼ mile wide.