Miscarriage of Justice is a historical novel of fiction which includes many actual historical events. The
text of newspaper articles involving this murder, which occurred in 1913, are real as well as many of the central
characters in this novel.
Miscarriage of Justice is an engrossing novel. So well written I felt I was actually there during this
time and knew the characters personally.
Walter Dotson met Anna Dennis during the Red Boiling Springs Christian Camp in the summer of 1896. One year
later they married.
The ideas behind the growing women's suffrage movement appealed to Anna. As a liberal minded woman, she
believed women should be allowed a greater say in the conduct of their own lives, as well as that of the nation's.
Anna was a free and independent woman - in her mind even if not before the law.
Walter, aside from being a doctor, serves on the city council and is an elder in his church. Always having
time for everybody in Sumner County except his wife.
When Charlie Cobbs moves to town he likes the notion of adding a high society woman like Anna to his list of
conquests; and Anna is very much interested in Charlie. After a year-and-a-half-long affair, the rumors begin to
circulate through town and Anna's reputation is ruined. Women have no rights. Walter is free to take her children
away from her and throw her out into the street, if he has a mind to. And there is no recourse for Anna.
On the 15th of March, 1913, Charlie Cobbs is murdered in the barbershop where he works. The charge was first
degree murder in this sensational shooting, as the trial began on June 17, 1913. After a 7 day trial, the jury
deliberated throughout the night for twenty-one straight hours before reaching a verdict. The verdict - the most
bizarre in history. Many say of this trial that the verdict was a miscarriage of justice while others
believe the murderer got a just sentence. You decide.