The novelist is working on a screenplay about Virginia’s Norfolk Four. “It’s the most egregious case of wrongful conviction I’ve seen, and I travel around the country listening to stories about these cases,” Grisham says. He expects to have a draft finished by the fall, but for now he is writing it on spec. Tom Wells and Richard Leo published a book on the case, THE WRONG GUYS: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four, last November with the New Press.
Grisham said he hoped the project would help the three imprisoned sailors. “You can’t forget about those guys. I’m doing what little I can to bring the case to the forefront, to the governor.”
The parents of the victim of the rape/murder, Michelle Moore-Bosko, write in a statement that they are “devastated to learn that once again, people with inaccurate information and personal agendas are attempting to profit from the tragic death of our daughter. Their lack of genuine compassion for what we have experienced through this never-ending nightmare is overwhelming.”