Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean
An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States

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In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. In the months before Sonnier’s death, the Roman Catholic nun came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying. She also came to know the families of the victims and the men whose job it was to execute—men who often harbored doubts about the rightness of what they were doing.
        Out of that dreadful intimacy comes a profoundly moving spiritual journey through our system of capital punishment. Here Sister Helen confronts both the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved, the fears of a society shattered by violence and the Christian imperative of love. On its original publication in 1993, Dead Man Walking emerged as an unprecedented look at the human consequences of the death penalty. Now, some two decades later, this story—which has inspired a film, a stage play, an opera and a musical album—is more gut-wrenching than ever, stirring deep and life-changing reflection in all who encounter it.


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About Helen Prejean

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Sister Helen Prejean is a prison minister and the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United State." and lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
Published February 2, 2011 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Crime, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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A Catholic nun's compelling polemic against capital punishment. (June)

May 30 1994 | Read Full Review of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitne...

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A Catholic nun's compelling polemic against capital punishment. (June)

May 30 1994 | Read Full Review of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitne...

Entertainment Weekly

The climax is so intense it left me shaking, as Sister Helen, seated next to the victims' parents, stares at Poncelet in the execution chamber and mouths the words ''I love you.'' Dead Man Walking says that to know a man -- any man -- completely is to recognize that he's worthy of some love.

Jan 19 1996 | Read Full Review of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitne...

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Death by electrocution, as Helen Prejean pointedly reminds us in "Dead Man Walking," is not a pretty picture.

Jul 14 1993 | Read Full Review of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitne...

Star Pulse

Full Summary >> Cast: Susan Sarandon - (Sister Helen Prejean) Sean Penn - (Mathew Poncelet) Robert Prosky - (Hilton Barber) Raymond J.

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Why So Blu?

Dead Man Walking is a quiet and sincere film that tells a great story, showcases some great acting, and features a couple of cameo roles by Clancy Brown and Jack Black.

May 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitne...

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