Mark 911 2

Texas Death Row

July 7, 2009  5:44am

Welcome to my nightmare

Tales from a Dead Man

Lockdown ~ Shakedown ~ Search down ~ Tear down

Yes folks, it’s that time again. In a few minutes the 2009 lockdown will be 24 hours old and as some of you may remember from last year it’s not a happy time for us during these degrading steps that are soon to be upon us all. What a great way to start the week.

As for the ones who have no idea what “Lockdown” means, I’ll try my best to describe this so you will get a better understanding of our world as it turns. What this is, the annual search and destroy shakedown, which being on “Lockdown”, there’s very limited movement in the prison by prisoners and the condemned ones such as myself.

We are only allowed to go to the shower on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So if you enjoy being clean you shower over the toilet on the days you’re not able to do so. Most of us do so by using the outer casing or tube that a coax cable goes into and that’s connected to the sink spout and creates an in cell water hose. Add soap, scrub, later and rinse. PRESTO! You’re nice and clean, what a wonderful feeling that is too! Of course there’s a lot of water on the floor but since our floors are concrete we then add soap and scrub the floor and soak up the water and that’s an in cell shower. The caged animal is nice and clean.

We are not allowed any recreations, no hot meals but I’ll add this caveat, I’ve been on death row 7 years and I can count the number of hot meals Texas has brought to my cell on one hand. So the meal system while on lockdown is something called a “Johnny Sack”, which is a few smashed up things that resemble a sandwich. There are no drinks. As I recall last year Huntsville said my allegations of the “Johnny Sacks” was a lie which then prompted State Officials into raiding my cell 5 times in 4 days. But as THEY said, we are fed fruit and milk with each sack. THAT IS A LIE!

So I’ll keep record of what we are fed and try to keep you all updated as best as possible. What gets me, we have been raided and searched a dozen times in the last few months. Have had our cells destroyed, legal work ruined and tossed out and now we are being forced into this again but on a wide scale this time. Well at least they can’t take my radio or typewriter, those items were taken last year in November and I still can’t buy any new ones. Yes what a great place to dwell in.

So as day one began yesterday at 6:00am lockdown we did get a regular tray at 3:00am. Eggs, biscuits, oatmeal and coffee.

Then 13 hours later we were fed lunch at 4:00pm and that consisted of the following:

1 noodle/tuna/mustard sandwich

1 peanut butter ooz sandwich

3 prunes

Then at 11:17pm we were fed supper which consisted of the following:

1 peanut butter ooz sandwich

1 unknown meat spot on bread

2 prunes

Now that was day one and it’s already begun. Where the hell this ooz type peanut butter comes from is a mystery. Not one time during the year besides lockdown does this stuff surface. It’s as bad as it sounds.

Well that’s all for today.

True American- Till Death

American Boy

Mark Stroman

Texas Death Row


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