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The Table Revelation

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  As I sat with my family around our dinner table, I watched the clock. Every second hastened the execution of Christopher Wilkins. Though we interacted multiple times, we weren’t friends. Honestly, I really didn’t even like the guy. I found him to be a hardened evil person. That doesn’t mean I wanted him to […]

Voices of Love: At the Execution of Barney Fuller

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    Voices of Love   Have you ever heard voices? I hear them all. There are a particular set that are haunting. I hear them saying a variety of things. “I’m innocent.” “Please God!” “Forgive me.” “Why are you killing me?” The voices are too real to be fake.   I saw the horrible […]

Maybe Dreams Will Save Us: A Rap on Abolition

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  *This article first appeared on the website of the Alliance of Baptists.   Eyes closed. Thoughts flood my brain. The deeper I fall asleep, the more the thoughts subside. Rapid-eye movement sets in. I’m lost in a world of dreams. There is one I’ve come to know well. Someone cries out. The police bust […]

The Last Verdict: A Book Review

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    Arpin-Ricci, Jamie. The Last Verdict. Self-Published. 2016. http://www.amazon.com/Last-Verdict-Jamie-Arpin-Ricci/dp/1523952687   I get solicitations for reviews and endorsements all the time. Most, I have to ignore. If I responded to everybody, I wouldn’t get any of my writing done. So when Jamie Arpin-Ricci messaged me about his book The Last Verdict, I was skeptical at […]

Max Soffar is Alive and We’re Dead

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  In 2014, I put together a letter from an influential group of Baptists asking the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for clemency for terminally ill death row inmate Max Soffar (included below). There were many questions about his guilt then. There are even more questions now. Unfortunately, Max Soffar died of cancer this […]

The Execution: In Pragmatic Verse

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  The Execution   Fear was all I knew Every step drew me closer The line taunted me I refused to stop I forced every step Backing down was not an option   Every thump in my chest Every knot in my stomach Every lump in my throat I felt I stood I stared I […]

The Case of Richard Masterson

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  While I’ve never published this type of damning report about someone who is about to be executed before, I think this case calls for it. I believe that Richard Masterson is beyond mentally incompetent. I can think of few things more cruel or unusual than to execute someone who is out of their mind. […]

Abolish that Damn Death Penalty!

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  *This is a “Letter to the Editor” set to be published in dozens of Texas publications over the next few days.   Dear Editor,   Why do we keep on killing people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong? Logic like this is more twisted than a runaway tornado. I’m so […]

The Pilgrimage for Raphael Holiday is The Pilgrimage for Abolition

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  This Wednesday, Raphael Holiday will be executed minutes after 6pm at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Unlike many of those I’ve encountered on death row, I believe that Holiday deserves to die.   In early 2000, Raphael was partnered with Tami Wilkerson. Together, they lived in a secluded log cabin in Madison County […]

The Death Penalty & The Dallas County District Attorney: An Encounter

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*A recreation of a public question and answer dialogue I had with Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk at her town hall last night. JH: Good evening, my name is Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood and I serve on the Board of Directors of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. We have talked about […]

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