Well this is heartbreaking.
“But when they took [the prisoners] out of the cells … and when they put these bloody chains on them, he said to me, ‘Am I being executed?’ ” Burrows said.
“I said, ‘Yes, I thought I explained that you.’ He didn’t get excited – he’s a quiet sort of a guy – but he said, ‘This is not right.’
“He’s lost because he’s a schizophrenic. He asked if there was a sniper outside ready to shoot him, and I said no, and whether somebody would shoot him in the car, and I said no,” Burrows said.
After Gularte was strapped to a wooden plank, Burrows was permitted to see him again: “He said, ‘This is not right, I made one small mistake, and I shouldn't have to die for it.’ So he was annoyed more than anything else, because he’s a soft-spoken, quiet and sensitive man.”
After our recent discussion re: the death penalty, this seemed like a good story to highlight where that can wind up going at the extreme end.
I only skimmed article b/c it nearly broke my puter, but, yea, it made me grow a new heart in under five seconds...
[ ED. In retrospect, moor than only unjust, a metaphor of life]