Death Penalty
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A legacy of life and forgiveness

by Dick Peterson
Posted 10/24/13, 11:35 am

Stephen Owens was 12 years old when he found his father badly beaten with a tire iron and struggling for his life on the floor of their home. Investigators traced Ron Owens’ murder to a mechanic with a rap sheet. Stephen’s mom, Gaile, hired him for the hit.

To those who knew them, the Owenses were the model Christian family in Memphis, Tenn. They attended church, where Ron coached the basketball team and Gaile sang in the choir. Yet the 1985 murder sent Gaile to death row, and left Stephen living with his aunt,

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Death reads

Books | The best among a mountain of books about capital punishment
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/04/13, 01:00 am

Three hundred and thirty-eight. That’s the number of books on capital punishment I counted in two areas of the main library of The University of Texas at Austin (Library of Congress catalog numbers HV8699 and KF9227).

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A heart-stopping injection

by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 5/20/13, 08:52 am

Does anyone remember the obnoxious 1960s TV commercial for the Veg-O-Matic, forerunner of your modern kitchen food processor? A man with a voice like a carnival barker boasted, “It slices! It dices!” As I recall, it also cubed and it may have julienned, and it definitely made life more worth living.

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