Saturday, September 20, 2003

"The passion of hatred, that's what I felt in that room." Those were the words, approximately, spoken by one of the 50 witnesses who attended the execution of Robert Harris, the first prisoner executed in California after a 25-year moratorium on executions.

Somehow those words resonate with truth. The passion of hatred. Some witnesses who spoke on camera during the filming of "Procedure 769" tried to convince themselves that revenge wasn't the reason they were attending the execution.

Harris had murdered two teenage boys in 1976 prior to stealing the one of the boy's car to use as a getaway vehicle after a bank robbery.

It's interesting to me how differently the people who were involved in the execution of Harris viewed the event, and how differently each of the witnesses to the execution perceived their roles, their importance for having attended the event.

Strange film indeed.


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