Viewers who tuned in to watch Ava DuVerney's 'When They See Us' miniseries based on the Central Park Five on Netflix are calling for a boycott of all of Linda Fairstein's book.
#CancelLindaFairstein trended Twitter and urged publishers to drop the author and for readers to boycott her books. Fairstein now lives in Manhattan and Martha's Vineyard. She has written a series of books about the protagonist Alexandra Cooper, a fictional Manhattan assistant district attorney, and her books have been New York Times bestsellers. She's also the author of the 'Devlin Quick Mysteries for kids.'
Fairstein who at the time, worked in the sex crimes unit in the Manhattan district attorney’s office from 1976 to 2002, led the prosecution's case against the five Black teens. Fairstein coaxed false confessions out of the young men and painted them as animals to the public.
In 1989, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, and Antron McCray—were wrongfully convicted for the rape of 28-year-old Trisha Meili despite there being almost no evidence against them. The defendants, who were 14, 15, and 16, at the time of the crime. The teens spent between six and 13 years behind bars where they were brutally beaten and raped.
In 2002 Matias Reyes confessed to the rape of Mieli in 2002.
Fairstein used her fame from the Central Park Five convictions to jumpstart her writing career.