Try our newest plan – access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Plus plan is $7.95 a month after 30 day trial. Upgrade or cancel anytime.
  • Summary

  • State of North Carolina vs. Charles Ray Finch is a story that takes us back to the Civil Rights era American South, a tale formed in the cauldron of racial tensions in rural North Carolina that erupts when a white country store owner is gunned down in a robbery. 

    Before the victim's body reaches the morgue, the local Sheriff's Department already has a suspect in mind: 38-year old Black American Charles Ray Finch. By midnight, Finch is in handcuffs. Invisible from the public eye is the on-going corruption infecting this Sheriff's office: organised crime tied to prostitution, drugs and illegal gambling. 

    Ray Finch's story stands as evidence of the great powers held by law enforcement and how quickly bad actors will wield these powers to protect their personal interests – even if that means taking an innocent man's life.

    ©2022 Audible, Ltd. (P)2022 Audible, Ltd.
    Show more Show less
Episodes
  • Apr 7 2022
    Wilson County, North Carolina 1976. The murder of a white country store owner rocks the small community. Within minutes, law enforcement arrives on scene with a suspect’s name on their lips: 38-year old Black American Charles Ray Finch.
    Show more Show less
    40 mins
  • Apr 7 2022
    Chief Deputy Tony Owens of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department oversees the investigation that lands Ray Finch in front of the classically composed American jury: 11 white members and one Black. Shotgun shell casings, an eyewitness line-up, and a black coat are amongst the evidence brought forth at trial. Their efforts pay off when Ray is sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in the murder of Richard Holloman.
    Show more Show less
    52 mins
  • Apr 7 2022
    The year is 1977. From his cell on death row, Ray Finch fiercely maintains his innocence as another investigation is playing out, this time by the feds. The United States Federal Bureau of Investigations launches an undercover operation targeting the illegal gambling and prostitution ring that is running rampant in Wilson County, and the stain of corruption bleeds all the way into the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department. The work of their undercover operatives reveals a robust culture of organized crime and it turns out Richard Holloman’s murder wasn’t the only one shrouded in mysterious circumstances.
    Show more Show less
    55 mins

What listeners say about Abuse of Power: State of North Carolina vs. Charles Ray Finch

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sweet Tooth
  • Sweet Tooth
  • 05-01-22

Typical of what we’ve come to expect

As community, we know this is the case and it happens so frequently that most just give up instantly but the brave few keep hoping beyond all reason, that at some point justice will prevail. The biggest travesty was the entire adult life of Ray; anyone hearing this story will have renewed anger at every plot twist.

2 people found this helpful