Damned to Eternity: The Man Who Caused a Flood: The Story of the Man Who They Said Caused the Flood

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James Scott was twenty-four years old when he was first convicted in 1994-and then again in 1998-of intentionally causing a catastrophe. His alleged crime was causing a levee to break, which flooded over 14,000 acres of farmland during the Great Midwestern Floods of '93. Though no one died, he was the first and only person in Missouri history convicted under this obscure 1979 law and is now serving a life sentence. He won't be eligible for his first parole hearing until 2023, when he will be fifty-five years old. In Damned to Eternity, Adam Pitluk contends that James Scott was a victim of a federal agency, a town, and law enforcement hell-bent on blaming him for something he maintains he didn't do.

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The Reader 5/8/08
“Both sides of the case are presented with little editorializing from Pitluk...Pitluk tethers all of the research and interviews in this book to a seamless narrative.”Midwest Book Review
“Eye-opening and revealing.”


Metapsychology Online Reviews, 12/16/08
“[A] fascinating true story...Interesting and compulsive...A testament to [Pitluk’s] uncompromising investigation of the events, and his dogged defense of the accused. He masterfully recounts the impending disaster in a flowing narrative that creates tension and suspense. Although an account of actual events, the pace of this book gives it the sense of unfolding and tension that is integral to good crime fiction. If you are interested in legal intrigue and conspiracy, which is clearly explained and fascinatingly recounted, then this book is to be highly recommended...[It] shows that witch-hunts do still occur, and that the pressure of the masses can outweigh common-sense and compromise just legal process.”

About the Author:

Adam Pitluk is a contributor to TIME magazine and is the author of Standing Eight. He spent most of the 1990s living along various rivers in Missouri and now lives in Dallas, Texas.

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