In Dark Places: The confessions of Teina Pora and an ex-cop’s fight for justice by Michael Bennett
He confessed to a crime he didn’t commit and spent 21 years in jail. How did it happen?
Teina Pora, a 17-year-old car thief, was wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Susan Burdett, who had been beaten to death with the softball bat she kept next to her bed for her own protection
Tim McKinnel, en ex-cop turned private investigator, discovered the long forgotten case 18 years later, saw an injustice had been done and set out to win Teina’s freedom.
Reaching from the mean streets of South Auckland to the highest court in the Commonwealth, this is the story not just of Tim’s quest, but also of how an innocent man who was left rotting in a prison cell for two decades found the inner strength to rise above the dark places to which he had been condemned.
REACTION TO IN DARK PLACES
“Amazing. Almost novel-like in its writing… Deeply affecting… Beautifully pulls together all the elements of the case in one very cleverly crafted history… The book made me laugh and cry… Comprehensive and impressive.” Paula Penfold – Fairfax Media www.mana.co.nz (April 2016)
“Pacy, accessible and important. A bracing read.” Russell Brown – www.publicaddress.net (March 28, 2016)
“A compelling true crime story. In Dark Places puts our justice system under the microscope… Enough intrigue to rival any of the top rating true crime drama series…” Aroha Awarau – Mana Magazine (April 2016)
“A hell of a read.” Eleanor Black – The Dominion Post (March 18, 2016)
“Reading this book has shaken my faith in the New Zealand justice system… an extraordinary read. Extraordinarly important.” Jack Tame – Newstalk ZB (March 19 2016).
“A fascinating book… The author does an incredibly good job… This book does something other true crime books don’t – gives a human side to the story… A gripping read.” Chris Gallavin – Nine to Noon Radio New Zealand, National Radio (May 9 2016).
“Written in the style of a non-fiction novel in the present tense… (The book) takes the reader inside the minds of the key figures in this tragic case… Bennett creates such tension with his writing…” Don Rowe – Mana Magazine (April 2016)
“It tells the whole story and not just the bits and pieces that have been in the media” Teina Pora (April 2016)