Texas Death Row
December 10th , 2009 5:00am
Welcome to my nightmare, tales from a dead man.
Howdy folks! Good morning from a small death row cage in Texas where the hopes are few and the nightmares are many. Our days has begun again with gooey pancakes , grits and applesauce and a sour faced guard who is just as miserable as most of us in this place. I had a good week , 8 hours of visitation from a remarkable ,man in New York whom I respect with all my being and who changed my views on a lots of things . Mr. Ziv , I am honored and Thankful!
I want to tell a little story of something that happened the other day. I went outside from my recreation time and this is an outer cage surrounded by concrete walls and bars on the top and a steel mesh fence separating the yard in two halves. All we can see is the sky. So I am out there and there ‘s another convicted killer out on the other side and we are walking around and talking and trying to forget about our miserable existence and enjoy our time out of our cells. So we are standing out here and talking when all of a sudden this big ole Texas bug comes crawling out of someplace and on reflex I stomp on it and then me and this other condemned convicted killer look at one another and he feels what’s showing on my face and he said , did you have to do that? I replied no, I didn’t and wish I wouldn’t have done it. Ain’t that crazy? Here we are waiting to be killed by Texas and we both realized that little ole bug had the right to be there to live and I killed it. WHEW!
As for another topic that is news to all of us here is the decision to change the method of execution in Ohio. This state is the first to wade into uncharted waters. They have ok’d the switched , and I ‘ll try to give ya a bit of history on this. The man who is considered the “father” of lethal injection in the United States is Doctor Jay Chapman who developed the three drug cocktail in the 1970’s when he was the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner. He has said that Ohio’s decision to become the first State in the Nation to use only one drug achieves that goal. Chapman who is in California at the age of 70 and semi -retired said that hope was that the new injection would avoid the pain and suffering argument and allow executions to take place. The new drug is a single large dose of “Thiopental Sodium”, an anesthetic to put inmates to death , similar to the way veterinarians euthanize animals.
So what does this mean? Not a damn thing to Texas. It will take an act of God to get Texas to change those this new method. 22 killed in 2009. How many in 2010?
True American Till Death
Mark Anthony Stroman