Last Rights: 13 Fatal Encounters with the State's Justice

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2008 - Law - 304 pages
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Reverend Joseph Ingle’s moving book argues eloquently and passionately against the death penalty, serving as an enduring testament to the inmates who have touched his life. Ingle, a counselor to prisoners on Death Row since 1974, chronicles his experiences working with 12 condemned men and one condemned woman each of whom has since been executed.  For more than three decades, he has spread his anti-death penalty message across the country, doggedly referring to what the state calls "execution” as "killing.” A man of simple faith, Ingle refuses to see these inmates as anything less than human beings.

With a chapter devoted to each of the inmates, Ingle memorializes them without attempting to cleanse the record of their crimes.  Instead, he emphasizes the necessity of viewing them as individuals: "The public needs to see them for who they were and how their love enriched my life,” Ingle writes.  "To their memories and for those who loved them, I offer their stories to the world.”  The powerful original foreword by the late William Styron is now preceded by a new introduction by M*A*S*H* star, turned-death-penalty-abolitionist, Mike Farrell.

 

 

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Contents

Richmond to New York I
1
Nashville
19
John Spenkelink
29
Frank Coppola
65
John Evans
75
Jimmy Lee Gray
94
Bob Sullivan
127
Robert Wayne Williams
150
David Washington
190
Tim Baldwin
200
Velma Barfield
222
Morris Mason
238
Willie Darden
246
A Hole in Democracy
261
Acknowledgments
295
Index
296

James Hutchins
160
James Adams
174

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About the author (2008)

William Clark Styron was born in Newport News, Virginia on June 11, 1925. He attended Duke University and took courses at the New School for Social Research in New York City, which started him on his writing career. He was a Marine lieutenant during World War II and while serving during the Korean War, was recalled from active duty because of faulty eyesight. After leaving the service, he helped start a magazine called the Paris Review and remained as an advisory editor. His first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, was published in 1951. His other books include The Long March and Set This House on Fire. He won several awards including the Pulitzer Prize for The Confessions of Nat Turner and the American Book Award for Sophie's Choice, which was made into a movie in 1982. His short story, A Tidewater Morning, was the basis for the movie Shadrach, which Styron wrote the screenplay for with his daughter. He also wrote several nonfiction books including The Quiet Dust and Other Writings and Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. He died on November 1, 2006 at the age of 81.

Mike Farrell grew up in eastern Los Angeles. After a stint in the Marine Corps, he embarked on a career as an actor, eventually securing roles as the affable and eminently moral B. J. Hunnicut in the popular television series M*A*S*H and later Providence, as well as working as a writer, director and producer.

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