On December 14, 1955, Darrel Parker arrived at his Lincoln, Nebraska, home to find his wife, Nancy, strangled to death. Although their house was broken into less than a month earlier, the police were unable to find any leads, so their attention turned to Parker. To make their case, the authorities relied on a private interrogation by polygraph operator John Reid of Chicago. Reid s company, founded in 1947, today provides interviewing and interrogation techniques that the company claims are the most widely used in the world."
Barbarous Souls "tells the story of Darrel Parker s wrongful conviction for Nancy s murder. Lincoln native David Strauss weaves a shocking true crime story with an expose of still-prevalent methods of interrogation methods that often lead to false confessions and the conviction of innocent suspects. After he was convicted, Parker served thirteen years of a life sentence before agreeing to a deal that would free him but not clear his record. It was later discovered that a murderer who died in prison in 1988 had taped a confession to the crime.
A roller-coaster ride in the tradition of John Grisham s "The Innocent Man," "Barbarous Souls "is a thorough examination of a wrongful conviction based on a false confession, and an illuminating portrayal of a widespread phenomenon that still plagues the justice system."