Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty That Sparked A National Debate
- Publish Date: 1994-05-31
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Helen Prejean
In 1982,Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier,the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisianas Angola State Prison. In the months before Sonniers death,the Roman Catholic nun came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying.She alsocame to know the families of the victims and the men whose job it was to executemen who often harbored doubts about the rightness of what they were doing.
Out of that dreadful intimacy comes a profoundly moving spiritual journey through our system of capital punishment.Here Sister Helen confrontsboth the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved,the fears of a society shattered by violence and the Christian imperative of love.On its original publication in 1993,Dead Man Walkingemerged asan unprecedented look at the human consequences of the death penalty.Now, some two decades later,thisstorywhich has inspired a film, a stage play, an opera and a musical albumis more gut-wrenching than ever, stirring deep and life-changing reflection in all who encounter it.