A False Report by T. Christian Miller

A False Report

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists tell the riveting true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the detectives who followed a winding path to arrive at the truth. On August 11, 2008, eighteen-year-old Marie truthfully reported that a masked man broke into her apartment near Seattle, Washington, and raped her, but within days police and even those closest to Marie became suspicious of her story. The...

Details A False Report

TitleA False Report
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherCrown Publishing Group (NY)
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Mystery, Feminism, Adult

Reviews A False Report

  • Emily May
    Marie told Rittgarn she had been attacked, that she wasn’t making the rapist up. She began to cry, saying she kept having a vision of him on top of her. Rittgarn wasn’t moved. Later, when recounting Marie’s words in a written report, he would put the word “him” in quotation marks. In 2008, a young woman known as Marie reported being raped. Within just a few days, the investigation became an interrogation of Marie herself, as the police,...
  • Julie
    A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller, Ken Armstrong is a 2018 Crown Publishing Group publication. In the United States, there’s no saying how many women have been accused of making a false claim of rape, only to have the claim later proved to be true. There is no such statistic kept. But even Marie’s case- the extreme example where persecution becomes prosecution, where a victim is not only accused of lying, ...
  • Tziggy
    Very well written about true events leading up to the conviction of a serial rapist. If you like dateline, forensic files, etc., you should enjoy this book.
  • The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
    In 2008 an 18 year old woman reported that she was raped at knife point in her apartment in Lynwwod, WA. The police did not believe her because there were inconsistencies in her story. The victim finally admitted that she had lied, the investigating officer charged her with charged with a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. What actually happened was that the police did not believe her and pressured her to recant her story, not...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    4 stars Thanks to Crown Publishing and First to Read for this ARC, which publishes Feb 6, 2018.Very good non-fiction book detailing a serial rapist. Written from verbal conversations, court and police records, and newspaper accounts. This story reads like fiction -and although written by two men - due to their extensive research, they did an excellent job. They were able to find the empathy needed to put to paper the hell these women went through...
  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review can also be found on BW Book Reviews.Thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my rating.This kind of book isn’t my usual type of thing. I don’t usually like reading about rape, and this book is all about a serial rapist and how they caught him. It’s about rape culture inside the police and in the world in general. It’s about the aftermath of rape ...
  • Jamie
    I'm giving a lot of books 5 stars this week, but when you're good, you're good. This expansion of a magazine piece (and I love a good magazine article) is a gripping, maddening true crime story. In 2008 in Washington, a young woman was raped. Within a week police pressures and doubt made her recant her story. Several years later, women in Colorado were raped in cases that had deep similarities to one another - as well as to the case up in Washing...
  • Steve
    Powerful stuff ... and (for the open minded) an incredibly important book at a unique point in time. I hope it becomes widely read and, more importantly, discussed. I'm not suggesting that this book, alone, will alter, inform, or evolve the national narrative on rape, but it's a step in the right direction.At a time when the sentient, thinking public - when we, as a nation - have been forced (or at least given the opportunity) to rethink so many ...
  • Barry Sierer
    This book is a fairly decent crime story that carries a disturbing over-all theme; that police investigations of rape (in this case, the more cut and dried “stranger rape” cases rather than date rape cases) can be tragically flawed because of erroneous assumptions by the people who judge and investigate them. While the book highlights how one woman, Marie, was pressured to recant a legitimate rape accusation; the authors also note several cas...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    This is an exceptional book about the long road to justice for a group of women assaulted by a serial rapist. Investigators doubted one of the first victims, Marie, pressuring her to recant her story and even charging her with false reporting. The authors trace Marie's story as well as the other women's. They follow investigators from a variety of Colorado suburbs (with special attention to two smart and dedicated women investigators) and take a ...
  • Kathleen
    2.5 stars This book was not what I expected. The focus was on specific cases in Colorado and Washington. I thought that it was going to be a broader investigative piece, and place the specific cases in a larger cultural perspective. The big picture was only 20% or so, while the other 80% was a description of specific crimes that belongs in the true crime category. If that's what You're looking for, this book may appeal to you more than it did to ...
  • Valerity *
    This is about a young woman's report of being raped that gets all twisted up. Written by 2 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, the book follows the story of eighteen-year-old Marie. She is made to question herself because of doubters, so she recants, then tries to stand by her report, but police shake her confidence so badly she caves when she's actually telling the truth. She has been made to feel like she's not going to be believed by her rapis...
  • Evy
    4.5 starsRead for Read Harder 2018 challenge: A book of true crimeTHIS is what Read Harder is for! I've never had an interest in true crime, and passed it off as a genre that I thought wasn't for me. But this was just so good, and gripping, and I think now I'll definitely try more books in the genre.Of course, this book won't be for everyone, since it's in part about catching a serial rapist and definitely unavoidably includes fairly detailed des...
  • Andrienne
    I didn’t realize that I had already seen a 48 Hours episode that featured the topic of this book called, “Hunted.” The writing is meticulous and there were so many names of people involved to remember, but it sheds a light on how reporting and investigating a rape is difficult. The worst thing that can happen is when police investigators dismiss a rape claim and the victim becomes a nuisance. Review copy provided by the publisher.
  • Maureen
    This is a compelling look at a horrifying sequence of events. The authors are both respected journalists who took great pains to avoid making this book simply a voyeuristic account of the crimes and capture of the rapist. Strong writing.
  • Elese
    Mostly overcame my initial side-eye at two men writing on this subject. A few pages into the first chapter, I realized that I'd read the excellent Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica piece that this book grew out of ... still found this book-length examination compelling and worthy and upsetting. We need more women in law enforcement.
  • Bernadette
    It’s no surprise that A False Report, A True Story of Rape in America is a difficult read. The book follows the life of an eighteen-year-old rape survivor named Marie who leaves a life in and out of the foster care system to begin life on her own. In 2008, Marie is raped and immediately reports the assault to police, as society tells women to do if they are to be believed. Marie is questioned on multiple occasions and, at times becomes confus...
  • Polly Roth
    Horrifying. So important. An incredible account
  • Allison
    I think that a lot of times, we hear about how law enforcement fails victims of rape. When it comes to that, this book was kind of like a breath of fresh air in that there is a rapist captured and sentenced and justice is served. On the other hand, there is a false accusation charge brought up against Marie, a teenager who was raped and then said that she was lying (she wasn't); in that way, this book is extremely frustrating. This is a very dich...
  • Casey
    Oh. This. Book. This felt like such honest, noble journalism and — though absolutely heartbreaking and disturbing — I appreciated it so much. I am just sitting on my bed awestruck after blowing through this one and I don’t even know what to do with myself. This book sheds such an equally depressing and hopeful light on our justice system, past and present, and the treatment of rape victims in America. I highly recommend it for those that ar...
  • Jennie
    A well-written and thoughtful book despite not being an easy read. Obviously trigger warnings for rape and sexual assault, but if you're trying to learn more about this topic, I'd consider it essential reading. Should be required reading for all law enforcement.
  • Stacy Fetters
    I'm one of those housewives who sees that her husband is gone for a few hours on a Saturday night. I check to make sure that he's really gone. Once he's nowhere in sight, I put on some comfy pajamas, pour myself a huge glass of wine, and then I turn on some late night mystery show. 48 Hours Mystery or Dateline. Don't you know that most of the time it's about a female who is home alone and is attacked! And reading the synopsis of this book, I reme...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    **Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of A FALSE REPORT: THE TRUE STORY OF RAPE IN AMERICAN by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong in exchange for my honest review **In 2008 in Washington state, eighteen year old Marie, a former foster child, is raped in her home. Afterward, everyone in her life lets her down. Two of her former foster mothers decide she’s lying. Her best friend creates a My Space page branding Marie ...
  • Jo
    Truly important in today's climate. This was an in-depth look at the world that women live in. Claim rape and no one believes you - claim nothing happened and you are shamed. This book enraged me. It made me want to go home and never allow my teen daughter out of the house. So much focus is spent on why it happened to the victim and not enough time is taken to look at the root of the problem. - men's view of women. I wish all men could read this ...
  • Paul
    This is a fascinating, horrifying, possibly culture-changing book written by two very evolved male writers. The content has been amply described by the readers below, so I won't repeat that. The things that struck me were the advance of women in police departments, and their unique empathy with rape victims. Three women basically advance the narrative of this book, and each one is admirable.The second thing that stuck out was the weary history of...
  • Dorie
    I went through the gamut of emotions while reading this.....I definitely see the issue of rape, and false reporting in a different and more enlightened way. How most investigators portrayed it, just made me mad. steaming!!I am so glad the issue of rape is now seen in a truer light, and the men and women who have experienced rape now have a much more supportive and therapeutic environment to begin to heal.....Gripping and emotionally fueled read!!
  • Shellie Taylor
    I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from Penguin Random House. I really enjoyed this book. The subject of rape and rape culture in this country is always a touchy one and most of the time leads to a wide range of emotional reactions. I truly appreciated the organization of this book. Although I did have to go back and remind myself where I was in the timeline of the mixture of stories, I loved how the authors left each chapter on a cl...
  • Maggie Holmes
    This book about the capture of a serial rapist is written with many threads: the story of the victim who wasn't believed and how she came to recant, the police work that involved cooperation among several groups and communities that led to the capture of the rapist, and the story of the police department that didn't cooperate and failed their victim. The forensics will appeal to CSI people. Readers who enjoyed Language of Flowers will find sympat...
  • Kayo
    This book wasn't at all like i expected. While it was a hard book to read, you felt for the women in them. So glad they found the rapist, and he is in prison. Thank you to author, Crown Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
  • Rachel
    Difficult truths and important insights written with heartbreaking detail.