The Life We Bury - Chapters 40-43 Summary & Analysis

Allen Eskens
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In Chapter 40, Joe wakes in the morning to a phone call from Professor Sanden who informs him that he was able to pull some strings to get a DNA test which confirms that Carl did not rape Crystal. Now they just need Doug's DNA. Joe feels sick that his actions caused Doug to flee, but Sanden cautions that Doug could argue that he lived with Crystal. Fortunately, Lila points out that Mrs. Lockwood's testimony showed that Crystal showered after Doug left for work that morning. Sanden believes Doug is likely the murderer. In order to exonerate Carl, they need the DNA evidence.

In Chapter 41, Joe and Lila update Carl on their findings, Carl smiles at the thought that they will undo his conviction. Joe and Lila visit for an hour, listening to stories from Carl's youth. On their way out, Mrs. Lorngren asks...

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