A eye-opening new eBook – Zeigler, through Vidster’s eyes – offers a compilation of blog posts about William “Tommy” Zeigler’s 35 year struggle to be exonerated from a quadruple homicide.
A reader from Australia resoundingly recommends the book:
If you read this book it may change your life: it has mine!
It is 4am and I have just finished reading the ebook, ‘Zeigler, through Vidster’s eyes’. I had downloaded it earlier today after a chance meeting with the author on Twitter and subsequent reading of his analysis of the murder case on his blog.
Transfixed by the book I remembered that fateful day…
On Christmas Eve 1975 I was 36 and pregnant with my 3rd child. The news was not my top priority at the time but I certainly remember the horror I felt as details of the ‘Zeigler Furniture Store Murders’ filtered through on Christmas Day in Australia.
It seemed to be an open-and-shut case with Tommy Zeigler the culprit!
I took little more notice of the case and turned my attention to the birth of my son. I watched him learn to crawl, walk, fight Diabetes, stumble in Aths, excel in Music, get bullied and at 35 become a global consultant on Audio Technology…in other words, enjoy an interesting life and become a man!
And all this time…for 35 years while I was watching the development of my child…Tommy Zeigler was waiting, hopeful of ANY development, on Death Row!
When I stopped reading, I realized that Vidster’s book had awakened in me my long-held passion for Human Rights and Social Justice…and I felt ashamed! Ashamed that I had forgotten about Zeigler and that in this modern era, we could possibly act in such an inhumane way to one of our own!
Of course, at 72 I am not entirely gullible and everything that I remembered about the murders pointed to Tommy’s guilt. I knew I would need convincing that it were otherwise and I was rather surprised by Vidster’s style. Facts and statistics can make for rather dry reading but in fact I felt I was in the midst of a thriller with all the right ingredients; vivid character analysis, trampled evidence, police corruption, mistaken identity, jury coercion…and most important of all…the long hard battle to introduce modern methods of DNA testing unavailable in 1976. Vidster’s clever use of a wide variety of material; clinical assessments, affidavits, reports and photos added to the enjoyment of the read.
But it was the clarity and thoroughness of Vidster’s research, findings and analysis that made me see…bit by bit…that there has indeed been a massive miscarriage of justice in this case.
This is just plain horrifying!
Tommy Zeigler has been on Death Row for 35 years and may very well be completely innocent!
How can we possibly allow this?
I urge you to read this book and make up your own mind. Either way, it is a matter of life or death and begs the question: why should this man NOT be set free?