Burke and Joe Jackson, a reporter colleague, investigate Stockton’s persistent claims of innocence and discover that everything he has asserted checks out, from his version of the closing hours of a lonely country diner to his allegations of a secret prosecution deal with the witness whose testimony convicted him. They uncover a sinister underworld in Stockton’s small town and fill in the frame that was hung around his neck. Employing Stockton’s writings and their own deep research into the rural South and Death Row, the authors have produced a powerful book on a front-page social issue–wrongful conviction and execution–that reads like the most chilling suspense novel. Yet this is not fiction. Dead Run is a riveting, impeccably sourced prison drama about a condemned man whose fate readers will never forget.
Since 1980, when William F. Burke, Jr. (right), became an editor at The Virginian-Pilot, stories he’s edited have received four Pulitzer Prize nominations. During Joe Jackson’s tenure with The Virginian-Pilot, stories he reported were nominated for three Pulitzers and resulted in the acquittal of a man wrongly convicted of murder and the recantations of two witnesses whose testimony had sentenced men to death. They live with their families in Virginia Beach, Virginia.