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Ronald Kitchen was walking to buy cookies for his young son on a summer evening in 1988 when Chicago detectives picked him up for questioning. As the officers' car headed toward the precinct, the twenty-two-year-old called out the window to his family, "I'll be back in forty-five minutes." It took him twenty-one years to make it home. Kitchen was beaten and tortured by notorious police commander Jon Burge and his cronies until finally confessing to a gruesome quintuple homicide he did not commit. Convicted of murder and sentenced to die, he spent the next two decades in prison - including a dozen years on death row - before at last winning his release and exoneration. Written with passion and defiance, My Midnight Years is more than just a memoir - because Ronald Kitchen's ordeal is not his alone.



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