Cultural Writing. Memoir. These edited letters and diaries are a moving account of the unusual friendship between Andrew Lee Jones and Jane Officer. In July 1991 Andrew Lee Jones became the last person to die in "Old Sparky," Louisiana's electric chair. Over the preceding fifteen months, Andrew corresponded with Jane Officer, an English woman whom he met through a penfriend organization based in England. Andrew was 35, poor, black and a convicted criminal; his English friend was white, middle class and 55. She traveled to the USA for the first time in her life to plead for Andrew's life at a Pardon Board hearing, and spent his last few hours with him and his family.
About the Author
Jane Officer is Chairperson of the Andrew Lee Jones Fund, which awards scholarships to British and American law students who volunteer to work as interns for capital defence attorneys in the USA as part of their studies.