2018 One Maryland One Book

The 2018 One Maryland One Book is

Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence by Tim Junkin 

Join us from Mountain Maryland to the Ocean City shore as we read and discuss this year’s extraordinary true crime selection, winner of Christian Science Monitor Noteworthy Nonfiction, 2004 and the Atlanta Journal Constitution Best Nonfiction of 2004.

Programming takes place this fall in September and October.


by Tim Junkin

"Bloodsworth" is a true crime account as engrossing as fiction. Readers will be shocked by Bloodsworth's horrific ordeal as an innocent man, fighting his way out of the justice system.

Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin book cover with One Maryland One Book logo

  • About the Book

    Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence

    Charged with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in Maryland’s gas chamber. Maintaining his innocence, he read everything on criminal law available in the prison library and persuaded a new lawyer to petition for the then-innovative DNA testing. After nine years in one of the harshest prisons in America, Kirk Bloodsworth became the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence. He was pardoned by the governor of Maryland and has gone on to become a tireless spokesman against capital punishment. Bloodsworth’s story speaks for hundreds of others who were wrongly convicted and have since been released, and for the thousands still in prison waiting for DNA testing.

  • About the Author


    Bloodsworth author Tim JunkinTim Junkin is an attorney with thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer and advocate of civil rights, an award-winning writer and a teacher. He spent much of his boyhood in Talbot County, graduating from Easton High School. Today he lives on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Junkin is the author of The Waterman, Good Counsel, and Bloodsworth. He also founded Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy which became ShoreRivers, a Maryland river protection non-profit, and has received several environmental awards. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1973, and completed his law studies at Georgetown University Law Center in 1977. He has taught at American University, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard University Law School, and the Bethesda Writer’s Center.

  • Tim Junkin on One Maryland One Book

    “I was honored to learn that Bloodsworth was chosen as the 2018 One Maryland One Book selection, a program I applaud for encouraging reading and dialogue throughout our state. I was delighted, as well, to be a finalist in the company of such remarkable books as Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, and Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied Sing, both of which are marvels. The marvel of Kirk Bloodsworth is that he not only survived, but what he became. His ordeal is still, to me, a frightening reminder of hard truths leavened with astonishing miracles.”

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