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    In 12 years, Michelle Lyons witnessed nearly 300 executions.

    First as a reporter and then as a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Michelle was a frequent visitor to Huntsville's Walls Unit, where she recorded and relayed the final moments of death row inmates' lives before they were put to death by the state.

    Michelle was in the death chamber as some of the United States' most notorious criminals, including serial killers, child murderers and rapists, spoke their last words on earth, while a cocktail of lethal drugs surged through their veins.

    Michelle supported the death penalty, before misgivings began to set in as the executions mounted. During her time in the prison system, and together with her dear friend and colleague, Larry Fitzgerald, she came to know and like some of the condemned men and women she saw die. She began to query the arbitrary nature of the death penalty and ask the question: do executions make victims of all of us?

    An incredibly powerful and unique look at the complex story of capital punishment, as told by those whose lives have been shaped by it, Death Row: The Final Minutes is an important take on crime and punishment at a fascinating point in America's political history.

    ©2018 Michelle Lyons & Larry Fitzgerald (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    • Julia
    • 11/04/2019

    Might Change Your Mind.

    I am sure that everyone has an opinion on the death penalty. I certainly do and thought that my mind could never be changed. Before reading Death Row I really never thought it through. The victims and their families, the condemned and the innocent people who love them, the correction officers, the Chaplin, the administrative staff , the journalists and other witnesses. Of course not forgetting the dreadful crimes that put that inmate on that gurney in the first place.

    Michelle Lyons and the late Larry Fitzgerald recount their times working for the justice system and with the condemned. They relate how they felt about the death penalty and why. Such compassionate people in such violent circumstances. There are parts that made me cry as some laws just do not make sense. Michelle Lyons really made me think about the 'law of parties' when the actual murderer would get a life sentence but the driver would get the death sentence.

    How do I feel about the death penalty now that I know more? I am more open to debate, more open to hearing the other person's point of view.

    Michelle Lyons, John Moraitis and Laurel Lefkow give superb performances. Obviously this is a sensitive subject which some narrators would deem it necessary to add drama for the sake of pathos, not these professionals. They deliver this book in a empathetic yet factual manner.

    If the death penalty debate is something that you are interested in I highly recommend Death Row, the Final minutes

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    • HJ William
    • 02/08/2018

    Tough but worth it.

    A tough subject from someone who lived a tough life.
    I found myself wanting to stop and return this book multiple times:
    - Sometimes because I did not want to hear any more praise for the prison system
    - Sometimes because the reading was not all that great
    - Sometimes because I was done hearing about the conflict that is capital punishment

    It was worth the listen. Mostly to hear the heartfelt story that Michelle told.
    I was curious to see where Michelle would stand at the end and it was not what I would have thought.
    The only way Capital Punishment will come to an end or more prominent use is if we as a society hear and understand all sides and then as a group attempt to move beyond punishment revenge.
    Easy for me to type as I have not experienced the challenges that Michelle has...however, I would quote Victor Frankel who said: "There is always a choice."

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    • Angelic W
    • 29/03/2019

    Great read

    I never considered the impact capital punishment has on those charged with carrying out the task. a very interesting perspective and the balance of humanity for others and realization of past transgressions are profound.

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    • Cry4Me Skye
    • 16/09/2021

    Amazing perspective on capital punishment

    I’ve been a long time neutral proponent of capital punishment especially since it’s been reported that we’ve executed several innocent people in the past that were exonerated after the fact by DNA testing. This book offers a first person perspective of the humanity and depravity involved in our capital punishment system. 100% worth the read or listen.

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    • Rei
    • 24/08/2021

    Brilliant

    Michelle is by far one of the most brilliant writers I’ve heard and her honest & raw portrayal of the death penalty in Texas is riveting. Very thought provoking

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    • TPM985
    • 25/04/2021

    Deeply moved by this book

    I would certainly recommend this book. It will make anyone think about their decision to support or to object to the death penalty. There are some people that their crimes are bad enough to be pretty disturbing, but there are inevitably those who are wrongfully convicted and then there are also those who society seems to have forgotten about entirely.

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    • James L. Nolan
    • 03/10/2020

    Great Book

    This has been a great book about death row those who have had to go through it. Thank you for giving us a seat into yours and Larry's lives. God bless you.

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    • Mike
    • 18/03/2019

    Starts good, falls apart around CH12

    Started off with interesting details on countless observations of executions, like laying the groundwork for the eventual climax. Unfortunately, the story devolves around Chapter-12, when it turns into Michelle's disgruntled blame-game for why she couldn't witness more executions; not the climax I was expecting (or wanted to hear). I wouldn't describe this as a great story, but rather a chronological justification of every decision she's ever made, ending with therapeutic catharsis as the reason her book exists. While I applaud how strong a person she must've been, editors should have saved her from the weak finger-pointing chapters.

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    • NAM
    • 30/07/2018

    Interesting

    As a person whose interest in LE and all aspects of it, it is interesting to hear the inside stories behind a very well known Texas Prison as Texas is highly known for the death penalty. There are stories of the persons on death row on the TDCJ website. It tells you the crime committed, last meal if there was one and date of execution. Michelle did good with this book. Getting her and Larry’s perspective on it. Superiors like hers seem to be everywhere.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 28/05/2018

    Somewhat misleading title

    This is an interesting book, but it does not really go into detail about “the final minutes”.
    I was very disappointed the narrator consistently mispronounced several words common in Texas such as “San Miguel, Martinez, and Corsicana”. Come on, you’re from Texas and do not know how to pronounce common Hispanic surnames?
    I appreciate that the author did not try to convince me the death penalty is wrong, but instead she explains her growth and changes which led to her change of mind.
    As far as the conflict with Livingston, he is your boss. Your job is to do what he says, not what your former supervisor thought the job should be. No wonder you were drummed out, but as a former exempt employee, I understand the hypocrisy of those time sheets
    Overall, a good listen