In 1919, three Chinese diplomats were assassinated in Washington, D.C., leaving little evidence and no leads. Police beat a confession out of a Chinese man, and the ensuing court case set events in motion for the establishment of Miranda rights. Part murder mystery, part courtroom drama, and part history, The Third Degree (University of Nebraska Press) scrutinizes these events to show how they set the stage for the yet-forthcoming establishment of Miranda rights.