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Fifteen years ago, Sally Linden (Annabeth Gish, Brotherhood) is called to serve as a juror in a murder case after the body of a slain man is found on a beach in O’ahu, Hawaii. The accused, Theresa Nichol (Chandra West, John From Cincinnati) is only a few years younger than Sally.
The star witness for the prosecution is Theresa's husband Vincent Nichol (Hugh Dillon, Durham County), who maintains that Theresa shot the victim in cold blood during a robbery attempt that began with a seduction. Vincent is an appealing, sexy man and an excellent witness. Theresa insists she is innocent and, in the jury box, Sally has reasonable doubt.
On the last day of the trial, Sally arrives five minutes late and is excused from the jury. The rest of the jurors deliberate for under two hours before finding Theresa Nichol guilty of murder in the first degree – a verdict that has to be unanimous. Theresa is sentenced to life in prison. Sally leaves Hawaii and her own troubled marriage behind.
Fifteen years later, now living in Canada, Sally comes upon the journal she kept during the trial. This provokes a crisis as she realizes she cannot keep running away – from herself, from her family, from her husband, from her past. She seeks out Theresa, who is still in prison.
Seeking at first only to atone, Sally begins to suspect that there has been a miscarriage of justice. Though the truth is elusive, Sally's search for understanding exposes how much she has in common with Theresa. As she visits Theresa and revisits the trial, Sally delves into Theresa's guilt and responsibility, and faces her own – and with it the ethical dilemma of writing a book about Theresa.
As the two women grope their way towards mercy, understanding and forgiveness, Sally becomes Theresa's advocate and finally her friend. The story culminates in Theresa's conviction being overturned.
Gripping and often poignant, Of Murder and Memory is a compelling account of unlikely friendship and unhoped-for justice.
Inspired by the acclaimed memoir "Who Named the Knife" written by Linda Spalding.