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The case of James Duckett, who was convicted of the 1987 rape and murder of an 11-year--old girl, is examined.


Ivy Meeropol


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Episode credited cast:
Michael Brady Michael Brady ... Himself
Edna Buchanan Edna Buchanan ... Herself
James Duckett James Duckett ... Himself
Marshall Frank Marshall Frank ... Himself
Gwen Gurley Gwen Gurley ... Herself
Rocky Harris Rocky Harris ... Himself
Steve Hurm Steve Hurm ... Himself
Dorothy McAbee Dorothy McAbee ... Herself
Susan Sarandon ... Narrator
Beth Wells Beth Wells ... Herself


The case of James Duckett, who was convicted of the 1987 rape and murder of an 11-year--old girl, is examined.

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30 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Killer Cop
31 October 2016 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

In May 1987, on-duty police officer James Duckett raped and murdered an eleven year old girl. Or did he? In this documentary we hear from people who believe he is guilty as sin - including the victim's mother; people who think he is himself a victim - of poor detective work, dubious evidence, and a rush to judgment; most interestingly we hear from a former police officer who came to believe in Duckett's innocence, and then changed his mind.

Some of the evidence against him is certainly flawed, but there is something rather unconvincing about the man who all through his interview does not stop smiling. There is also the possibility indeed the likelihood that Teresa McAbee was not his first victim. Florida is one of the states that executes convicted murderers, but in 2014 it dispatched only 8, and last year 2. If America had a sane criminal justice system, Duckett would either have been sentenced to life without parole or executed a quarter of a century ago. It seems unlikely he will ever be executed now, but as long as he is never allowed back on the streets, no one should care.

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