Sentenced to Die in Texas… Forgiven to Live Forever.

Sentenced to Die in Texas… Forgiven to Live Forever.

A man you won’t want to forget.   A demon who only obeys one thing.   A scared servant you may recognize.   A journey you won’t forget.    Is God bigger than the death penalty?   Just click on “The Book” tab above, (www.dennispappenfus.com) hit Amazon “Buy now” button, and enjoy the ride. Share...

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A State of Texas Document That Says When You Will Die

A State of Texas Document That Says When You Will Die

“How quick and rushing life can sometimes seem, when at the same time it’s so slow and sweet and everlasting.” Graham Swift   Finally—the end arrives.   On October 26, 2006, on a brilliant fall morning, a call from a thoughtful Assistant DA informed me that Jay’s wish had been granted.  The appeals glacier finally responded to legal...

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Amazing Words From Texas Death Row

Amazing Words From Texas Death Row

“Salvation is not a reward for the righteous; it is a gift for the guilty.” Steve Lawson   Crossing from cursed to blessed. So a demon-possessed young man kills his 8.5 months pregnant wife and then with his 5 year-old son in tow, drives to her mother’s home and takes her life as well. These acts culminate years of random, rampant, evil...

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A Man Enters Death Row in Texas

A Man Enters Death Row in Texas

  “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.” J.R.R. Tolkien   April 2005 – Jay into Death Row.   When Jay processed into Polunsky and The Row in April 2005, he entered a world none envied and most feared. The prevailing attitude of the...

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Texas Death Row—But Aren’t We All On Death Row?

Texas Death Row—But Aren’t We All On Death Row?

  Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, A long, long ways from home. (American negro spiritual)    The stunning contrast of the Polunsky Unit.   The monument sign in front announces Texas Department of Criminal Justice – ID, Allan B. Polunsky Unit. Deep within this serene, even beautiful setting and within these deceptively corporate-like...

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Driving to Where Condemned People Live in Texas

Driving to Where Condemned People Live in Texas

  “I think being condemned to death is the only real distinction,” said Mathilde. “It is the only thing which cannot be bought.” Stendhal, The Red and the Black   Gone with the Wind country?   The Big Thicket area of southeast Texas, bounded by Beaumont and Huntsville on the south and Lufkin on the north, would serve as a fine set for...

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“What’s the Needle Gonna Feel Like?” Part 2

“What’s the Needle Gonna Feel Like?” Part 2

  “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!” C. S. Lewis   “I know where I’m going, I just wish I didn’t have to die to get there.”   My comments to Jay about awakening in Heaven after...

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“What’s the needle gonna feel like?”

“What’s the needle gonna feel like?”

  “When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!” Jim Elliot   The state just said, “We’re going to kill you.”   Jay Swift had just left the 211th District Court in Denton, Texas. A judge had told him the State of Texas would put him to death, for his crimes, at a time to be determined in the near...

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