At the Death House Door
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Unlike Hollywood movies, de Luna was executed anyway, sending Pickett on a gut-wrenching quest to uncover the facts surrounding the poor man s highly questionable arraignment.
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AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR is about a reverend that was hired at a state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas in the late 70s or early 80s as the prison chaplain. His job was quickly changed to death row chaplain. To sum this man's job up is to say that he was responsible for making sure that the prisoner, on his last day of life, was not going to go in kicking and screaming. In other words, have that individual come to peace with dying and understanding what he or she has done wrong and hopefully, regardless of religous background, come to peace with spirituality or God. Along the way, he does a tape recording after their death for every one of the inmates that was executed describing in detail how the person was reacting. Some were more interesting than others. However, some of the deathrow inmates were innocent he felt and this deeply disturbed our heroic chaplain. It's an interesting story of one man's journey and how he dealt with the pain he was going through. In that time period, he witnessed dozens and dozens and dozens of executions until finally he resigned from the position and became an advocate against the death penalty.
This DVD is a touching story and I certainly suggest it. It truly is a 5-star documentary.
Pickett was born and raised to be a hard ass (if you’ll pardon the expression). Only his daughter has ever seen him cry, once. For awhile he was impacted by his grandfather’s philosophy “hang em high, hang em fast.”
Pickett is no longer of that opinion however. Part of the problem involves the execution of the innocent — the film spends some time on the tragic case of Carlos de Luna — but the problem is deeper than that. Even if you could ensure only guilty men die, Pickett now wants nothing to do with it. He now sees capital punishment as a wholly brutalizing practice. It’s that sick mentality that allows a nearby cafe to sell “murder burgers” and for the star attraction at the prison museum to be “Ole’ Sparky”, a retired electric chair. The daughter of a murdered woman summarizes the problem when, following the execution of her mother’s killer, she poignantly observes: “My mother’s dead. He’s dead. That’s just two dead people”
This movie did a good deal to open her eyes to understand the burden it places on all involved in the process.
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This is an amazingly powerful film. I used it in a college classroom to talk about the death penalty (along with a law article by Warden). Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by leslie
Great movie. I have always been interested in the death penalty. This documentary gives you the insight from a different perspective. Highly recommendedPublished on August 16, 2013 by Crystal J.
This documentary wasn't to bad.
Interesting learning about the place where they put you down and how they do it,and the city itself. Read more