Brothers Robert and George are raised seperately by their parents, but when they meet as young men, Robert disrupts the life of george and seems to appear wherever George is. When George is murdered, apparently by a drinking acquaintance, the only witness, a prostitute claims it was Robert who murdered his brother, aided by a friend of George. The second part of the book consists of a recount of Robert's life, purporting to be found after his death. It depicts a decline into despair, madness and eventual loss of control over his own identity. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner is a fabuous crime story depicted from two sides, that of the editor and the anti-hero, thus giving the reader a great view of both sides of the story.