The Other Side
A new book by The Seattle Times staff
For its coverage of the ambush slayings of four Lakewood police officers, The Seattle Times won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Now, in this new book, the newspaper's staff goes deeper, telling a story of our nation's racial divide, the political risks of mercy, and missed opportunities to stop a man going mad.
Praise for the book
"Headlines fade fast, regardless of even the most horrific content, and journalism is too often in the business of headlines. Ken Armstrong and Jonathan Martin went far beyond the headlines in 'The Other Side of Mercy', far beyond, out into deep water, where there are no easy answers ... Solidly researched and brilliantly written, the book is a real heartbreaker, a compelling story that will leave the reader sadder but wiser. This is what journalism should be."
— Robert Ferrigno, New York Times best-selling author, "Prayers for the Assassin"
This installment recounts the years Maurice Clemmons spent on Southern prison farms and his plea for mercy to Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Part three details Clemmons' religious delusions and his descent into madness.
In part four, Maurice Clemmons turns to a lawyer with political connections in an effort to free himself from a fugitive warrant issued by Arkansas.
In the final installment, Maurice Clemmons walks into a Pierce County coffee shop, determined to kill police.
On the morning of Nov. 29, 2009 -- the Sunday after Thanksgiving — four uniformed Lakewood police officers were fatally ambushed in a coffee shop outside of Tacoma. Over the next 40 hours, the region was gripped with fear, as the gunman — identified as ex-convict Maurice Clemmons — was at large, still armed and certainly dangerous. Read more.