Atlanta Authors presents McCracken Poston Jr. LIVE on Sat, June 22 @ 2 pm

Saturday June 22, 2024 02:00 PM EDT
Cost: Free
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2 hours

Come hear author McCracken King Poston Jr., a former politician and defense attorney, talk about his 1997 case representing Alvin Ridley, a man accused of killing his wife. His book Zenith Man is a mix of courtroom drama, personal reflection, and small-town South culture.

McCracken Poston Jr. was an idealistic young lawyer determined to free an innocent neurodivergent man accused of murdering the wife no one knew he had. Zenith Man is his
inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Was this small-town TV repair man “a harmless eccentric or a bizarre killer”? (Atlanta Journal Constitution). For the first time, Alvin Ridley’s own defense attorney reveals the inside story of his case and trial in an extraordinary tale of friendship and a quest to clear his client’s name—and, in the process, rebuild his own life.

In October 1997, the town of Ringgold in northwest Georgia was shaken by reports of a murder in its midst. A dead woman was found in Alvin Ridley’s house—and even more shockingly, she was the wife no one knew he had.

McCracken Poston Jr. had been a state representative before he lost his bid for U.S. Congress and returned to his law career. Alvin Ridley was a local character who once sold and serviced Zenith televisions. Though reclusive and an outsider, the “Zenith Man,” as Poston knew him, hardly seemed capable of murder.

Alvin was a difficult client, storing evidence in a cockroach-infested suitcase, unwilling to reveal key facts to his defender. Gradually, Poston pieced together the full story behind Virginia and Alvin’s curious marriage and her cause of death—which was completely overlooked by law enforcement. Calling on medical experts, testimony from Alvin himself, and a wealth of surprising evidence gleaned from Alvin’s junk-strewn house, Poston presented a groundbreaking defense that allowed Alvin to return to his peculiar lifestyle, a free man.

Years after his trial, Alvin was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, a revelation that sheds light on much of his lifelong personal battle—and shows how easily those who don’t fit societal norms can be castigated and misundersto

McCracken King Poston Jr, is a criminal defense attorney and former state legislator in the Georgia House of Representatives. He gained national attention for his handling of several notable cases that were featured on CNN Presents, Dateline NBC, A&E’s American Justice and Forensic Files.

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