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Until You Are Dead (1963)
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1963 |
| English
  • Map
  • Highlights
    Reverends consider biblical justifications for the death penalty
    KPRC News Director Ray Miller on the history of capital punishment and recent trends
    Houston Police Chief Hobson "Buddy" McGill, Harris County District Attorney, and Harris County Sheriff Buster Kern defend the use of the death penalty as a crime deterrent
    Dr. John Silber, dean of the Sociology Department at the University of Texas at Austin, uses crime statistics to question the validity of the deterrent argument
    Briscoe's rebuttal
    Texas Southern University professor, Dr. R. C. Koeninger, reviews findings from his study of Texas death penalty cases. He raises concerns about inconsistent sentencing for the same offense, particularly along racial lines, and the risk of executing an innocent person. 
    Briscoe's rebuttal. While Koeninger broke down execution statistics on the basis of race, Briscoe instead addresses "people of particular sex and classes." He then makes unsubstantiated claims against "that strata of our society" as responsible for the "more serious and more despicable crimes." 
    Scaffold at the old Dewitt County jail in Cuero
    Miller speaks to former Harris County Sheriff T. A. Benford about hanging versus electrocution
    Reverend Robert Ingram and Dr. Silber follow up on Benford's opinion about the deterrent effect of public executions
    Houston's first recorded murder indictment and conviction
    Court reporter Rose Cook assesses the administration of the death penalty
    Harris County Criminal Court Judge Langston King on the legality of capital punishment and public support for its abolishment
    Death row inmates at the Harris County jail voice their opposition to capital punishment, citing racial and class discrimination in death penalty sentencing. According to a 2017 report by the NAACP, while the US black population is approximately 13 percent, African Americans account for a 42 percent of death row. Studies also indicate that individuals convicted of killing white victims are more likely to receive the death penalty than those convicted of killing non-white victims. 
    Dr. George Beto, director of the Texas Department of Corrections, and Emmett Moore, warden of the Huntsville Unit, talk about execution practices
    Reverend Clyde Johnston, a clergyman at the Huntsville Unit chapel, describes how he attends to death row inmates
    Father Arthur Caylor shares his personal opposition to capital punishment
    Don Reed, editor of The Huntsville Item and correspondent for The Houston Post, explains his strong opposition to capital punishment
    On witnessing executions
    Texas Governor John Connally answers questions about the legality and effectiveness of capital punishment
    About the electric chair and execution chamber. Texas began execution via electrocution in 1924. According to newspaper reports, 360 prisoners died in the electric chair. The state's execution-by-injection law went into effect on August 29, 1977. 
    Dr. C. A. Dwyer, a physician who attends executions
    Miller assesses recent trends in death penalty convictions and executions, including rates among certain demographics
    Texas State Representatives Willis Whatley and J. Charles Whitfield Jr. consider the future of capital punishment, while the Reverend William Baine calls it a form of murder
    Preparations for and discharge of electrocution
    Attorney George Davis admonishes capital punishment as an "archaic" and "brutalizing social practice"