Equal Verdicts: The True Story of the Lex Street Massacre
Ten people were viciously gunned down in a dilapidated crack house in the Mill Creek section of West Philly. The community was scared and outraged. City officials demanded a swift resolution. Within days and under an avalanche of pressure, the police obtained a confession and the case was cracked. Four local young men were arrested and charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery, and related offenses. The District Attorney's Office vowed to seek the death penalty for what appeared to be an open-and-shut case. After fifteen months of preparation, when the trial was less than three months away, the case took a major turn in an adverse direction. The author interviewed suspects, lawyers, judges, and reporters to get a firsthand account of what really occurred during the proceedings. Exclusive police interrogations of the murderers, jailhouse snitches and correction guards add mystery to the already petrifying saga. Ultimately, the motive was more shocking than the murders.