The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Not just another protester

'Death penalty creates more victims' argues brother of slain sister

When convicted murderer Karla Faye Tucker became the first woman executed in Texas in 135 years, Ron Carlson believes he heard her whisper, "Into thy hands I commend my spirit."

He knows she died with a smile on her face, ready to be with her Lord.

Carlson became close to Tucker while she was on death row. A vocal opponent of the death penalty, he fought to save her life. She asked him to be present with her husband, sister and attorney when she was put to death Feb. 3, 1998.

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