The roots of False Report: A True Story of Rape in America (Crown), written by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller, are in the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning article, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape," published ProPublica and The Marshall Project. The story of the young Seattle woman whose account of having been raped at knifepoint, was at first disbelieved. After the woman, who had spent years in foster care, later broken down under interrogation and said she had lied, she was prosecuted as having given a “false report.” However, Stacy Galbraith, a Colorado Detective investigating a similar sexual assault, compared the Seattle woman’s case with that of other cases. Joining forces with Det. Edna Hendershot, she uncovered evidence that lead to the truth: a serial rapist was responsible for multiple attacks and later blackmailing his victims with compromising photographs.
Ken Armstrong, who joined ProPublica in 2017, previously worked at The Marshall Project and Chicago Tribune, where his work helped prompt the Illinois governor to suspend executions and empty death row. His first book, Scoreboard, Baby, with Nick Perry, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for non-fiction.
"America has never adequately addressed sexual violence, a tragedy made worse by many who employ their own hierarchy of victimization, leaving many women and vulnerable people unaided. This meticulously researched, powerful expose eliminates ignorance as a defense. This is a devastating but necessary read, composed by masters of investigative journalism." –Bryan Stevenson.