Friday, February 1, 2008

An Alternate View

February 1st, 2008

When leaving a dense forest, one thing you have to consider is that you are going to have to stand there for a few minutes, blinking and gaping like a moron while you adjust to the light. I think I am still in that phase, sometimes. I have this very intense and constant desire to edit everything I've ever written, to clean it up, and make it less imperfect. I will say that I think I am learning to laugh at my foibles, rather than beat myself over the head about them. I've said some pretty undignified things the last few months, and I have no excuses. All I can say is this: when this is all said and done, you are going to have a rather interesting (I hope) map of what a person goes through during the years preceding an execution. I hope this ends on a much higher plateau of maturity than where it began, but whether or not that happens, it will surely be a textured landscape of ups and downs.

All of us look at death differently; it is an intensely personal experience. So, it's only natural that each inmate on DR will have a distinct impression of this journey. With the assistance of a friend in the world (thanks S), I have made a small list of websites from some of the men around me. I have a secondary reason for publishing these, and this reason is that part of transparency is admitting when you are wrong. I have gone to great lengths to verify all that I write about, but sometimes this is not possible, and I must rely on second-hand information. So, I thought that it might be a good idea to extend to you all series of alternative view points, in the hopes that the combination of voices will help you better understand this world in which we live, and correct any errors I have made.

Disclaimer: I do not support or condone the viewpoints or actions of any of these men; their opinions are their own.

Alvin Kelly
A good view of some of the difficulties of having faith in an ad-seg environment.

Gene Hathorn
This guy writes better than I do.

Derrick Jackson
A good piece called "Actions and Re-actions".

Clinton Young

A wide assortment of writings and poetry. Also, there are some "use of force" videos, showing what happens when you "fade the team", or battle with the guards. This is probably not suitable for children or those who are sensitive to violence.

William Irvan
A good example of what happens when prosecutors don't care about truth, only victory. Starring the beloved Kelly Seigler.

Cleve W. Foster III
Another innocence plea.

These next few I have less data on:

Happy Reading!

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