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Forgiving the Dead Man Walking: Only One Woman Can Tell the Entire Story
by Debbie Morris | Biographies & Memoirs
Registered by alsgal of Lewes, Delaware USA on 2/5/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by alsgal from Lewes, Delaware USA on Wednesday, February 05, 2003

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From Publishers Weekly
Already familiar to readers from the movie Dead Man Walking, this horrifying crime story, related here by one of the victims, becomes an inspiring morality tale of one woman's redemption. In 1980, Morris, then a 16-year-old high school junior in tiny Madisonville, La., was parked with her boyfriend, Mark Brewster, along the Tchefuncte riverfront sipping a milkshake when two men suddenly appeared. Mark and Debbie were kidnapped: he was tortured and left for dead, while she was terrorized and raped repeatedly. With extraordinary presence of mind, she managed, incredibly, to talk her captors into letting her go. The aftershock, however, lasted for years: her relationship with Mark deteriorated; she dropped out of high school; and she suffered recurring claustrophobic fears. Her abductors, Robert Lee Willie and Joe Vaccaro, were captured, and Debbie aided the prosecution in its successful bid for the death penalty for Willie for the earlier rape/ murder of Faith Hathaway. After the trial, she discovered, "Justice doesn't really heal all the wounds." Her true path toward healing was hard won: She's often angry?at Sister Helen Prejean's attentions to Willie ("Where was the help I needed when I felt so alone?"), at her family, at God ("I'd found it easier to forgive Robert Willie than it was to forgive God"). But at the end of a journey that rings true and intensely human, she looks to her husband, son and new life and ceases to see herself as a victim, but instead as a survivor. (Sept.) FYI: Morris's story first appeared on a Frontline segment titled "Angel on Death Row."
 


Journal Entry 2 by alsgal from Lewes, Delaware USA on Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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I just read this one after it sat on my shelf for a LONG time. I just read Dead Man Walking so this was the perfect time to read this one.

This book was great. I've been struggling with the Death Penalty issue for some time and reading thee two books has really helped me to deal with that conflict. Morris shows incredible strangth and this is an amazing story of forgiveness. 


Journal Entry 3 by alsgal from Lewes, Delaware USA on Thursday, October 02, 2008

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Sending off to Brewski 


Journal Entry 4 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Thanks for the RABCK alsgal. This book has made its way up from my parents house tonight! 


Journal Entry 5 by brewski from Markham, Ontario Canada on Monday, June 01, 2009

7 out of 10

This was a very interesting treatment of the death penalty from the perspective of a victim. All I can say is that Debbie Morris is a brave brave woman and much more forgiving than I could ever hope to be. 


Journal Entry 6 by brewski at PointClickCare (6975 Creditview Road) in Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Released 7 yrs ago (12/31/2009 UTC) at PointClickCare (6975 Creditview Road) in Mississauga, Ontario Canada

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