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Louisiana death row inmate freed after 30 years behind bars

Angola - A black man convicted by an all-white jury of a murder he did not commit walked out of a Louisiana state prison a free man on Tuesday after spending 30 years on death row.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

Former death row inmate gives look inside solitary confinement

After spending three-and-a-half years on death row in Alabama for a murder he did not commit, a former death row inmate writes an eye-opening letter about solitary confinement and the death penalty. "It is a completely broken system!" he said.
In the Media by Yukio Strachan - 1 comment

Paula Cooper sentenced to death at 16 released after 28 yrs

An Indiana woman, Paula Cooper, who was sentenced to death at age 16 after she confessed to the murder of a 78-year-old Bible studies teacher Ruth Pelke, was released from an Indiana prison Monday after spending 28 years in prison.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 4 comments

Night stalker killer Richard Ramirez dead at 53

Greenbrae - Serial killer and devoted satanist Richard Ramirez has died, he was convicted 24 years ago of over a dozen homicides and suspected of many more.
In the Media by Eric Morales - 8 comments

Amnesty International hails Maryland's abolition of death penalty

Annapolis - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley yesterday signed abolition of capital punishment into law in Maryland in a move welcomed by campaigners Amnesty International. Maryland becomes part of a worldwide trend away from state-sanctioned execution.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 20 comments

Op-Ed: Triple murderess delays execution by playing the race card

Huntsville - Kimberly McCarthy was convicted of the murder of an elderly woman on compelling evidence, and is known to have murdered two more. Yesterday her execution was delayed for the most specious of reasons.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 1 comment

Judge weeps at sentencing of 'Dating Game' killer Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala, a one-time contestant on the popular show "The Dating Game" has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for murdering two 23-year-old women in New York in the 1970s. The judge cried as she handed down the sentence.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 2 comments

'Speed Freak Killer' Wes Shermantine locates more victims

Sacramento - Wes Shermantine was half of the "Speed Freak Killer" duo, he was released from death row, briefly, last week to assist in locating more of the victims. Claims of many more victims still unresolved.
In the Media by Gar Swaffar - 5 comments

Death row inmate Gary Simmons requests 29,000 calories last meal

Mississippi executed Gary Carl Simmons Jr. Wednesday night, after he got a last meal request estimated at 29,000 calories. Simmons was convicted of murdering and dismembering a 21-year-old man with carving knives in 1996, and raping his girlfriend.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 9 comments

Interviews Before Execution reality show a hit on Chinese TV

Beijing - A reality TV show featuring prisoners on death row confessing crimes and asking for forgiveness shortly before being led to execution has become a hit on a Chinese TV channel. The Saturday night TV show has a following of over 40 million viewers.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 9 comments
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