Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial by Janet Malcolm
Yale University Press, New Haven, 2011
Borrowed from the library.
I first read Malcolm’s report of the murder trial of Mazoltuv “Marina” Borukhova and the man she was accused of hiring to kill her ex-husband, in the New Yorker. This book is expanded from that article and is the best depiction, in fiction or nonfiction, of the ambiguity and uncertainty that takes place in a U.S. court of law that I have read.
A jury trial is supposed to review all the “evidence” in a case and decide what “really happened”, leading to just decision of guilt or innocence. Malcolm’s book make it clear that the structure of a trial, the personalities involved and the media and journalism that surrounds it, can lead to something that feels the opposite of justice. This is a fascinating read, one I highly recommend. I will read other books by Janet Malcolm.