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Jan. 27, 2022

The Truth Behind Lucky

The Truth Behind Lucky
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Alice Sebold is best known for her best selling novel, The Lovely Bones, but that wasn't her first book. A few years before, Alice wrote a memoir titled Lucky that chronicled a brutal rape she experienced in 1981, when she was 18. She wrote about identifying the man that raped her, testifying against him in court, and dealing with the trauma of being raped. In 2019, the film rights to Lucky were purchased and the project was green lit. But as producer Tim Mucciante  read through the script and the memoir, he started seeing discrepancies that didn't sit right with him, especially when it came to the conviction of the rapist, Anthony Broadwater.


The New York Times | He Was Convicted of Raping Alice Sebold. Then the Case Unraveled. (Corina Knoll, Karen Zraick and Alexandra Alter)

Daily Mail | How Dogged Movie Producer Proved the Wrong Man Went to Prison for Raping Lovely Bones Author (Jennifer Smith)

Variety | Alice Sebold’s ‘Lucky’ to Be Adapted for Film by ‘13 Reasons Why’s’ Karen Moncrieff (Elsa Keslassy)

Variety | You’ Star Victoria Pedretti Tapped to Play Alice Sebold in ‘Lucky,’ Based on the Author’s Memoir (Angelique Jackson)

MEAWW | How a Netflix Producer Brought Justice to a Man Wrongly Convicted of 1981 Rape Case (Kunal Dey)

Washington Post | FBI Admits Flaws in Hair Analysis Over Decades (Spencer Hsu)

Contexts | Microscopic Hair Comparison and the Sociology of Science (Simon A. Cole and Troy Duster)

Wikipedia | The Lovely Bones

Wikipedia | Alice Sebold

Lucky by Alice Sebold 

Go Fund Me | Anthony Broadwater

Medium | Statement from Alice Sebold

Cornell Law Review | Cross-Racial Identification Errors in Criminal (Sheri Johnson) 

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