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Discussion Questions

Miscarriage of Justice

1. Did Walter miss subtle signs that his marriage was in trouble? What were some of the signals? Did Walter spend too much time with his outside interests and his overzealous dedication to his patients?

2. After Walter learned of Anna's affair with Charlie Cobb, do you think Walter began experiencing guilt over his lack of attentions that he paid to Anna? Was he more upset with himself or with with Anna? Charlie Cobb?

3. Did Walter overreact toward Anna after he learned of the affair? Did he overreact toward Charlie Cobb?

4. Bobby Dennis, Anna's brother, worshiped Anna and he totally blamed Charlie Cobb for the affair. Was Bobby correct in totally blaming Charlie Cobb without any blame placed to Anna? Is there a difference in the stigma of an affair for a women as opposed to a man in today's time period? Was there a difference in 1913?

5. Anna befriended Daisy Cobb, Charlie Cobb's wife. Which do you think is the greater betrayal, Anna's deception of Daisy or her betrayal of Walter?

6. Do you think Walter truly loved Anna? Do you think Anna truly loved Walter. Do you think their marriage would survive the scandal?

7. In 1913 women were not allowed to vote nor sit on juries. Do you think the verdict that was rendered in this case would have been different had the jury been composed of 12 women instead of 12 men? Do you think the defendant received a fair trial and a fair verdict? If you were on the jury what sentence would you have rendered?

8. Do you agree that the state was correct in demanding the death penalty? What do you think of the defendant's steadfast refusal to plead guilty to 2nd degree murder? Do you think the defendant acted without any co-conspirator or do you think there was other unseen hands in on the murder?

9. Temporary insanity was a legal defense to a murder charge. Do you think the defendant was temporarily insane when the murder was committed?

Miscarriage of Justice
by Kip Gayden

  • Publication Date: February 12, 2008
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • ISBN-10: 159995687X
  • ISBN-13: 9781599956879