Anatomy of an Execution: The Life and Death of Douglas Christopher Thomas
  • Anatomy of an Execution: The Life and Death of Douglas Christopher Thomas
  • Anatomy of an Execution: The Life and Death of Douglas Christopher Thomas

Anatomy of an Execution: The Life and Death of Douglas Christopher Thomas

by Todd C. Peppers, Laura Trevvett Anderson
     
 

The crime and punishment of a juvenile offenderSee more details below

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The crime and punishment of a juvenile offender

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A major addition to death-penalty literature.”—Washington Post Book World

“Anatomy of an Execution is a serious treatment worth reading for anyone interested in the court system and the death penalty.”—Roanoke Times

Colman McCarthy
…an encompassing and often soulful account of the brief life of a person who was both victimizer and victim, friendless and befriended. No sentimentalizing is to be found in these pages of well-documented and carefully crafted prose…A major addition to death-penalty literature, what Peppers and Anderson tell about one inmate in one state in one cell block could easily be the story of any of the 3,200 people now stashed on the nation's death rows. The story of Chris Thomas is unique only because two educators chose not to let it be forgotten that he was a human being. They saw him as more than his crime.
—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555537135
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
309
Sales rank:
1,315,982
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Sister Helen Prejean
“Justice Harry Blackmun once said in a capital case the trial is the main event, but Anatomy of an Execution shows Chris Thomas’s trial was nothing more than a momentary pause on the way to his execution. It wasn’t only the system and the players in it that let down Chris Thomas, the book also demonstrates that again and again the adults who might have prevented the tragedy of the murders and the execution leave this young boy to grieve alone and find his own way in a world he doesn’t know or understand. I urge you to read this hauntingly personal book.”
Victor Streib
“This is truly extraordinary work. Anatomy of an Execution combines excellent scholarship and legal analysis with a compelling and tragic life story. As such, it is accessible to lay readers and true crime buffs, as well as instructive to criminologists and lawyers. Very few if any books of this genre are its match.”

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