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Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Sr. Helen Prejean

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Best Actress 1996 - Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (Oscars/Academy Awards)

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Helen Prejean Roman Catholic Nun and leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. She is the author of the bestseller "Dead Man Walking" (which was made into a movie staring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn). Israel and I were fortunate to spend some time with Helen in 1998 when she first spoke in Oklahoma. She's an amazing person.

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X - Robert Lee Willie (died Dec 28, 1984) was a convict on Death Row at Louisiana State Penitentiary. Sister Helen Prejean, one of the sisters of St Joseph of Medailles, served as his spiritual adviser. She based her book Dead Man Walking on him and Elmo Patrick Sonnier. The two convicts also inspired the Matthew Poncelet character, played by Sean Penn. Willie was executed in the electric chair for the May 28, 1980 kidnap, rape, and murder of 18 year old Faith Hathaway.

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