Killing Time: An 18-Year Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom

A True Story of Innocence on Death Row

 In 1984, 22-year old John Thompson was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a prominent white man in New Orleans. Thompson adamantly proclaimed his innocence, but who would fight for him against the powerful New Orleans DA's Office?

Killing Time chronicles the 18-year quest for Thompson’s freedom from a wrongful murder conviction, taking you inside the criminal justice system to expose a stunning real-life example of wrongful conviction and the factual basis behind the important Supreme Court decision of Connick v. Thompson.

New Orleans Courthouse and Orleans Parish Prison


Winner, 2011 National Independent Book Award for Non-Fiction

Winner, 2011 NorCal Innocence Project Media Prize

Chicago Sun-Times’ Best Books of the Year, 2010. 

John Thompson



“This book tells a fascinating and chilling story of one of the most notorious wrongful convictions of modern time. It should be read by anyone who cares about this issue.” Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of The Innocence Project

“A revealing, important book that sheds light on how an innocent man can be sent to death row.”  Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents)