Within These Walls by Carroll Pickett
Memoirs of a Death House Chaplain

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Former Texas prison chaplain Rev. Carroll Pickett, working with two time Edgar Award-winner and New York Times best selling author Carlton Stowers, provides this eloquent, unflinching look at capital punishment.

Within These Walls is the powerful memoir of Rev. Pickett, who spent fifteen years as the death house chaplain at "The Walls," the Huntsville unit of the Texas prison system. In that capacity Rev. Pickett ministered to 95 men before they were put to death by lethal injection. They came with sinister nicknames like "The Candy Man" and "The Good Samaritan Killer," some contrite, some angry-a few who might even have been innocent. All of them found in Rev. Pickett their last chance for an unbiased confessor who would look at them only as fellow humans, not simply as the convicted criminals the rest of society had already dismissed them as. This first-hand experience gave Rev. Pickett the unique insight needed to write an impassioned statement on the realities of capital punishment in America. The result is a thought-provoking and compelling book that takes the reader inside the criminal mind, inside the execution chamber, and inside the heart of a remarkable man who shares his thoughts and observations not only about capital punishment, but about the dark world of prison society.
 

About Carroll Pickett

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Rev. Carroll Pickett still preaches and lives near Huntsville, Texas. Carlton Stowers is the author of more than two dozen nonfiction books, including the Edgar Award-winning Careless Whispers, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Innocence Lost, Open Secrets, and Sins of the Son. He lives in Cedar Hill, Texas.
 
Published May 24, 2002 by St. Martin's Press. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Crime, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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But most of the prisoners, as Pickett depicts them, were victims of circumstance and poor judgment, and an astonishing number became dead men walking for ill-considered responses to matters of the heart—that is, they slew their wives and girlfriends in so-called crimes of passion.

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A memoir of Pickett's 15 years as a prison chaplain to death row inmates, this thoughtful, gripping recollection offers a rare firsthand perspective on the use of capital punishment. Pickett

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A memoir of Pickett's 15 years as a prison chaplain to death row inmates, this thoughtful, gripping recollection offers a rare firsthand perspective on the use of capital punishment.

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