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Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan
by Mardi Link
University of Michigan Press, 2014
Paper: 978-0-472-05169-4 | eISBN: 978-0-472-02943-3 | Cloth: 978-0-472-07169-2
Library of Congress Classification HV6533.M5L56 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 364.1523092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
On a bitterly cold afternoon in December 1986, a Michigan State trooper found the frozen body of Jerry Tobias in the bed of his pickup truck. The 31-year-old oil field worker and small-time drug dealer was curled up on his side on the truck’s bare metal, pressed against the tailgate, clad only in jeans, a checkered shirt, and cowboy boots. Inside the cab of the truck was a fresh package of expensive steaks from a local butcher shop—the first lead in a case that would be quickly lost in a thicket of bungled forensics, shady prosecution, and a psychopathic star witness out for revenge.

Award-winning author Mardi Link’s third book of Michigan true crime, Wicked Takes the Witness Stand, unravels this mysterious and still unsolved case that sucked state police and local officials into a morass of perjury and cover-up and ultimately led to the separate conviction and imprisonment of five innocent men. This unbelievable story will leave the reader shocked and aching for justice.
 
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