The Unforgiven: Utah's Executed Men
Since the days of "frontier justice" and "blood atonement, " Utah has struggled with issues of capital punishment. Years after the Mountain Meadows massacre, John D. Lee was shot to death seated on his coffin in a theatrical, media-conscious staging, while some fifty other perpetrators went unpunished. Despite pleas for clemency from the daughter of an LDS church president and others, labor reformer Joe Hill was executed, due as much to corporate indignation as to the merits of the case against him.
One of Utah's death row inmates was the first to challenge the constitutionality of his sentence as "cruel and unusual"; another, Gary Gilmore, broke the ten-year, nationwide moratorium on state-supervised executions. Recently William Andrews became the second Utahn to be executed without having committed murder. As Paul Swenson wrote in the Salt Lake Tribune, "This is the kind of stuff that makes you realize why we need Halloween -- because we can't deal with real blood, real death, the ghosts of our actual past."
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Review: The Unforgiven: Utah's Executed MenUser Review - Shirley Brown - Goodreads
This wasn't a great book. The lives of those men on death row seem to read about the same. Their lives were much the same, not very interesting people -- just full of hate and poor upbringing. Most didn't know how to be successful and contributing citizens. Read full review
Review: The Unforgiven: Utah's Executed MenUser Review - David - Goodreads
Very interesting overview of all the men who have been given the death penalty and executed in Utah. Read full review
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