Damned to Eternity by Adam Pitluk
The Story of the Man Who They Said Caused the Flood

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James Scott was twenty-four years old when he was first convicted in 1994-and then again in 1998-of intentionally causing a catastrophe. His alleged crime was causing a levee to break, which flooded over 14,000 acres of farmland during the Great Midwestern Floods of ’93. Though no one died, he was the first and only person in Missouri history convicted under this obscure 1979 law and is now serving a life sentence. He won’t be eligible for his first parole hearing until 2023, when he will be fifty-five years old. In Damned to Eternity, Adam Pitluk contends that James Scott was a victim of a federal agency, a town, and law enforcement hell-bent on blaming him for something he maintains he didn’t do.

About Adam Pitluk

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Adam Pitluk is a contributor to TIME magazine and is the author of Standing Eight. He spent most of the 1990s living along various rivers in Missouri and now lives in Dallas, Texas.
Published December 18, 2007 by Da Capo Press. 328 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Law & Philosophy.

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Meandering examination of a ne'er-do-well blamed for a levee break during the Midwestern floods of 1993.

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Pitluk, a contributor to Time magazine (Standing Eight: The Inspiring Story of Jesus “El Matador” Chavez ), vividly brings

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A valuable and compelling cautionary tale of the U.S. criminal justice system.

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