Justice Perverted

The Molestation Mistrial of Richard Charles Haefner


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About the Book

In 1975, Dr. Richard Charles Haefner had it all—a Ph.D. from Penn State University, a prestigious job offer with UCLA and a thriving family business. Then it all came crashing down. Two boys who worked for Haefner accused him of sexual molestation, but allegations of police brutality, prosecutorial misconduct, bribery and corruption soon overshadowed what seemed like an “open-and-shut-case,” ultimately resulting in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s amending state law. Drawing on interviews and recently discovered documents, the author revisits the case and explores a number of open questions—including whether Haefner was set up by police as he claimed.

About the Author(s)

Derek J. Sherwood is the author of 2011’s Who Killed Betsy? Uncovering Penn State University’s Most Notorious Unsolved Crime, which put forth Haefner as the prime suspect. While writing it, he uncovered many expunged documents and as a result he has spent the past decade researching Haefner’s 1976 molestation trial, which ended with a hung jury. The author lives in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Derek J. Sherwood

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 217
Bibliographic Info: 14 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7518-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3373-2
Imprint: Exposit Books

Table of Contents

Timeline 1
Preface 4
Introduction 5
1. Kevin 15
2. Randy 20
3. Rick 27
4. Crump 42
5. Arrested! 45
6. Lie Detector Test 53
7. George 60
8. A Difficult Defense 66
9. Preliminaries 76
10. The Trial Looms 81
11. The Trial Begins 84
12. Hearsay 102
13. Riding in Cars with Boys 106
14. Denouement 110
15. The Trial Ends 130
16. Hess 133
17. The Hole 139
18. The Prosecution Rests 145
19. Aftermath 151
20. Get Haefner 164
Epilogue 183
Where Are They Now? 193
Chapter Notes 195
Bibliography 203
Index 207

Book Reviews & Awards

“A brutal deep-dive into Sherwood’s favorite suspect. Unflinching. Justice Perverted is the study of a predator who got away with terrible crimes and a broken system that allowed him to go free.”—James Renner, filmmaker and author of Amy: My Search for Her Killer and True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray.