Page 176. " Flipping to the dog-eared pages of my Bible, I read from the Book of Psalms to ease my mind. "

The Book of Psalms

The Book of Psalms is a collection of 150 poems in the Bible.  Ronald is reading from his Bible because he has just been told that he has another chance at freedom with DNA testing.  He's reading Psalm 71, which is very spiritual and uplifting.  The Psalm is called the Prayer of an Old Man.  The King James Version of Psalm 71:1-4 was referenced in the book.  Here is the full Psalm.

Psalm 71 (The Prayer of an Old Man)


In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust:

let me never be put to confusion.


Deliver me in thy righteousness,

and cause me to escape:

incline thine ear unto me,

and save me.


Be thou my strong habitation,

whereunto I may continually resort:

thou hast given commandment to save me;

for thou art my rock and my fortress.


Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,

out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.


For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD:

thou art my trust from my youth.


By thee have I been holden up from the womb:

thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels:

my praise shall be continually of thee.


I am as a wonder unto many;

but thou art my strong refuge.


Let my mouth be filled with thy praise

and with thy honor all the day


Cast me not off in the time of old age;

forsake me not when my strength faileth.


For mine enemies speak against me;

and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,


saying, God hath forsaken him:

persecute and take him;

for there is none to deliver him.


O God, be not far from me:

O my God, make haste for my help.


Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul;   

let them be covered with reproach and dishonor that seek my hurt.


But I will hope continually,

and will yet praise thee more and more.


My mouth shall show forth thy righteousness

and thy salvation all the day;

for I know not the numbers thereof.


I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD:

I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.


O God, thou hast taught me from my youth:

and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.


Now also when I am old and grayheaded,

O God, forsake me not;

until I have showed thy strength unto this generation,

and thy power to every one that is to come.


Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high,

who hast done great things:

O God, who is like unto thee!


Thou, which hast showed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again,

and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.


Thou shalt increase my greatness,

and comfort me on every side.


I will also praise thee with the psaltery,

even thy truth, O my God:

unto thee will I sing with the harp,

O thou Holy One of Israel.


My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee;

and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.


My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long:

for they are confounded,

for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

Submitted by student author, Rebekah Currie

Page 185. " “Looking back now, I can’t believe I had just come out of a rape trial and agreed to go to Fort Lauderdale.” "
Map of Florida highlighting Fort Lauderdale
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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale is located on the coast of Florida between Palm Beach and Miami.  With a population of almost 180,000 people, it is the largest city in Broward County. Fort Lauderdale has a year round tropical climate that attracts many tourists.  The population is quite diverse. The residents in Fort Lauderdale are descendents of many different races, including Caucasians, Hispanics, and African Americans.  Nearly 12% of the population does not speak English.  This diversity makes Fort Lauderdale a popular site for tourists.  Many college students take trips here for Spring Break; however, law enforcement officers are now discouraging these trips because of the past crime and chaos the students have created. 

For more information visit the Fort Lauderdale official website:

Submitted by student author, Madelon Wygand


Page 186. " “He reminded me of Don Johnson, so I said, “Sure.” "

Don Johnson

Don Johnson is a Golden Globe award winning actor.  Although he gained most of his fame from his acting career, he is also a songwriter, singer, director, and producer.  He was born on December 15, 1949 and is most known for his roles in the television shows Miami Vice, Nash Bridges, and Eastbound and Down. His performance in Miami Vice is perhaps his most famous.  It earned him a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Submitted by student author, Madelon Wygand

Page 186. " “He was a graphic designer from Long Island, and he knew a girl I had gone to high school with.” "

Long Island, NY

Long Island is an island situated to the east of Manhattan in New York.  It consists of two counties that are home to about 1,700,000 people.  This huge number of residents makes it the most populated island in the United States and the 17th most populated island in the world.  Long Island has a subtropical climate consisting of hot, humid summers and cold, wet winters that average about 30 inches of snow every year. 

For more information visit the Long Island official website:

Map of Long Island, NY
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Submitted by student author, Daniel Taylor

Page 195. " “The other night, Vinny and I were watching basketball and one of the players—Scottie Pippen—his face.” "
Scottie Pippen
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Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen was born on September 25, 1965.  He gained his fame while playing basketball in the National Basketball Association.  His is most remembered for his time with the Chicago Bulls where he, along with teammate Michael Jordan, won six championships and set many team records.

Submitted by student author, Madelon Wygand