In this stunning work of investigative journalism, filmmaker Joel Gilbert uncovers the true story of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a tragedy that divided America.
By examining Trayvon's 750-page cell phone records, Gilbert discovers that the key witness for the prosecution of George Zimmerman, the plus-sized 18-year-old Rachel Jeantel, was a fraud.
It was in fact a different girl who was on the phone with Trayvon just before he was shot.
She was the 16-year-old named "Diamond" whose recorded conversation with attorney Benjamin Crump ignited the public, swayed President Obama, and provoked the nation's media to demand Zimmerman's arrest.
Gilbert's painstaking research takes him through the high schools of Miami, into the back alleys of Little Haiti, and finally to Florida State University where he finds Trayvon's real girlfriend, the real phone witness, Diamond Eugene.
Gilbert confirms his revelations with forensic handwriting analysis and DNA testing.
After obtaining unredacted court documents and reading Diamond's vast social media archives, Gilbert then reconstructs the true story of Trayvon Martin's troubled teenage life and tragic death.
In the process, he exposes in detail the most consequential hoax in recent American judicial history, The Trayvon Hoax, that was ground zero for the downward spiral of race relations in America.
This incredible book has the potential to correct American history and bring American back together again.
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Wow! Joel Gilbert captured the true story about what really happened that rainy night in Florida to Trayvon Martin. Joel Gilbert is a master at research and investigation. It is incredible how the media and politicians can, and do, manipulate the truth. Joel Gilbert exploited their corrupt views magnificently. He exposed the inept police work and prosecution of a man who was just defending himself, George Zimmerman. He has exposed the lies and deceit to conjure up a false racist claim that ignited other false racial accusations to benefit the usual suspects, as Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson. He even revealed Trayvon's mother who had nothing to do with him for fourteen years and used this tragedy for her own attempted political gain. This book was a fast and entertaining read. It is a shame that six years later, after the country listened to all the lies, perjury and deception, that Joel Gilbert has provided us with the truth. What was the shocker was when he discovered and exposed that Rachel Jeantel, who impersonated Brittany Diamond Eugene at trial, were half sisters. That was brilliant! As with all of Joel Gilbert's work, this book is well done.
Filmmaker Joel Gilbert’s new book The Trayvon Hoax brilliantly exposes one of the most fraudulent and shameful trials in the history of the United States. The story of the attempted legal lynching of George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy with numerous casualties including Zimmerman, young black Americans and race relations in the United States. The story is a first class detective story, a genuine page-turner with intriguing subplots. It’s a masterpiece of reporting -- the kind of reporting that American media does very little of any more, particularly when the real story doesn’t fit a leftist narrative. The book parallels a documentary film that Gilbert has simultaneously released. Gilbert describes his story about the trial of Zimmerman charged with killing Trayvon as a “conspiracy to corrupt justice . . . . the most flagrant witness fraud in modern times.” It’s also a fascinating and unprecedented look into the lives of African-American/Haitian teenagers in urban Miami as well as the mendacious and incompetent reporting of the American news media, the political corruption of Florida’s legal system and, above all, how the leftwing produced a false but tragic exploitation of racial grievances. Directly encouraged by President Obama, race relations in America were severely set back resulting in riots, deaths and fresh hardships for some of America’s most needy. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll taken after the trial showed that only 52% of whites and 38% of blacks held a favorable view of race relations in America. This was down from 79% favorable for whites and 63% favorable for blacks in 2008 when America and primarily white voters elected a black president. Gilbert sums it up. “It was an evil plan indeed to use a troubled black teen’s tragic death to imprison an innocent Hispanic man, for no greater good than to control black voters. But this is the way the Left has sought power for a century, sowing discord among brothers. With the Trayvon Hoax, they did just that.”