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Don't Kill in Our Names: Families of Murder Victims Speak Out against the Death Penalty / Edition 1
     

Don't Kill in Our Names: Families of Murder Victims Speak Out against the Death Penalty / Edition 1

by Rachel King
 

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ISBN-10: 0813531829

ISBN-13: 2900813531822

Pub. Date: 01/03/2003

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Could You Forgive the Murderer of your husband? Your mother? Your son?

Families of murder victims are often ardent and very public supporters of the death penalty. But the people whose stories appear in this book have chosen instead to forgive their loved ones' murderers, and many have developed personal relationships with the killers and have even worked to save

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Could You Forgive the Murderer of your husband? Your mother? Your son?

Families of murder victims are often ardent and very public supporters of the death penalty. But the people whose stories appear in this book have chosen instead to forgive their loved ones' murderers, and many have developed personal relationships with the killers and have even worked to save their lives. They have formed a nationwide group, Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), to oppose the death penalty. MVFR members are often treated as either saints or lunatics, but the truth is that they are neither. They are ordinary people who have responded to an extraordinary and devastating tragedy with courage and faith, choosing reconciliation over retribution, healing over hatred. Believing that the death penalty is a form of social violence that only repeats and perpetuates the violence that claimed their loved ones' lives, they hold out the hope of redemption even for those who have committed the most hideous crimes. Weaving third-person narrative with wrenching first-hand accounts, Rachel King presents the stories of ten MVFR members. Each is a heart-rending tale of grief, soul searching, and of the challenge to choose forgiveness instead of revenge. These stories, which King sets in the context of the national discussion over the death penalty debate and restorative versus retributive justice, will appeal not only to those who oppose the death penalty, but also to those who strive to understand how people can forgive the seemingly unforgivable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900813531822
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/03/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
Forgiveness7
Chapter 1The Lost Child9
Chapter 2Turning Grief into Love29
Chapter 3The Last Party57
Executing the Vulnerable83
Chapter 4The Answer Is Love and Compassion87
Chapter 5The Last Word115
Chapter 6Keep Hope Alive138
Grave in Justices163
Chapter 7Rush to Judgment169
Chapter 8Making Choices189
Restorative Justice221
Chapter 9Beyond Retribution225
Chapter 10Healing the Soul250
Afterword275
Notes277
Resources283

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