A True Story of Murder and Vindication
by Jeanette Popp and Wanda Evans
When Nancy DuPreist, a beautiful, sunny twenty-year-old married mother, was found maimed, shot and left for dead early on morning at the restaurant where she was assistant manager, a clamoring for justice rang out in Austin, Texas and then the nation.
As they investigated, the police narrowed their persons of interest to two young men, Christopher Ochoa and Richard Danziger. Ochoa was arrested and, after two days of interrogation, confessed, implicating Danziger. They both were convicted and sent to prison for life.
Still, some questioned their guilt. DePriest’s mother, Jeanette Popp, though devastated by her daughter’s violent death and wanting to believe the culprits were caught, began to feel the men were innocent (and they were). She advocated for their release and a continued search for the real killer. In a case noted attorney and Innocent Project co-founder Barry Scheck later called “the most extraordinary, profoundly disturbing false confession case I’ve ever seen”, the search widened, finally focusing on a man who was willing to commit murder as a sacrifice to the demonic spirits he said he heard calling…
Mortal Justice is an emotionally gripping, profoundly human drama. It is a story of betrayed friendship, a battle to overcome human cruelty, discovering inner strength against all odds and developing compassion and growth.
- Focuses on one of the most shocking false confession cases in American history.
- 20 city talk radio tour
- Targeted mailing to print, television and radio media
- Advertising in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, BookPage, Baker & Taylor (Forecast and Book Alert) and Ingram
- Co-op available
Jeanette Popp is the mother of the murdered Nancy, an eighth grade drop out and former teenage mother, who advocated actively for Danziger’s and Ochoa’s release. She went on to run for the Texas Legislature. She now is an active motivational speaker with her own radio show. She lives in Graham, Texas.
Wanda Evans, an accomplished journalist writer and speaker, has been published in many venues, including the notable true crime book Trail of Blood and magazines such as Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping and Southern Living. A former columnist for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, she lives in Lubbock, Texas.
A New Horizon Press 2009 Release
Nonfiction, 6 x 9, 312 pages
8 page photo insert
LC #2008925055, world rights
ISBN 13: 978-0-88282-338-6 (hc), $24.95