Did Johnny Penry's abusive childhood prevent him from developing a moral compass that might have stopped him from murdering Pam Carpenter? Or is he just another cold, calculating killer?
The Reverend Carroll Pickett leaves a grim 15-year legacy of very personal ministry: Granting the last wishes of inmates, moments before their execution
For 13 hours, guard Jeanette Bledsoe wondered if she would see one more murder inside prison walls -- her own. Now she wants to make sure TDCJ protects those who protect us from society's rejects.
The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.
But does anyone care?
Will proposed media rules stifle coverage of convicts facing execution?