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being a pen pal

When people from inside and outside of prison walls meet, it is an encounter of a special kind.  
Here members, their penpals or other interesting people share their experiences.

 
 
 

1. Pen pal-ships:

Peace to you

This document is a collection of texts around the story of Robert Power/Casper on death row in Florida. Casper wants to apologize to his victims, many of them being rape victims. His Swiss pen pal and friend tries to help him get his apology out. When Casper writes his biography, dealing with the details of his crimes becomes one of the biggest challenges Ines has ever faced. After Casper dies of cancer, she meets one of the rape victims who has forgiven him.
The brochure contains dialogues with Casper, his handwritten apology, an interview with his rape victim and other texts. The preface is written by Bill Pelke, the president of Journey of Hope.
English, Version of May 14th 2015, by Ines Aubert


Name and Number?
Letter from Robert Pruett from Texas death row to lifespark.
English, November 2014, by Ines Aubert

Our own murky sides
Thought provoking interview with Ursula Rossel about pen pal-ships.
English, September 2014, by Ines Aubert

Interviews with members who joined lifespark only after writing to an inmate that they didn't find through lifespark
Seven lifespark members in different countries answer questions about their membership in lifespark
English, August 2014, by Ines Aubert

A piece of normality
The story about a penpalship between a Anna-Lena Gruenagel, a German woman and an American inmate on death row in Florida and about how Anna-Lena deals with emotional stress day by day, just to color a man´s cell with life. English, August 2013, by Alexandra A. Nemeth (blog)

Being a young pen pal

Interviews with members who started a pen pal-ship at a very young age.
English, September 2012, by Elisabeth Deutscher

Life is like a box of chocolates

English, August 2012, Sabine Townshend

Lifespark - lifeshare: "You came into my life out of the blue"
lifespark members and their pen pals on death row write about their pen pal-ships

English, October 2011


Une autre facette
French, November 2008, by Monique Amstutz

Même condamnés à mort, ce sont des humains derrière les barreaux
French, November 2006, by Delphine Rey

Meine Brieffreundschaft mit Leroy Bockover im Potosi Gefängnis in Missouri
German, May 2006, by Ines Aubert
1. Teil: August 2003: Der erste Besuch
2. Teil: Mai 2006: Die Fortsetzung
3. Teil: Mai 2006: Ein Interview mit Leroy

My penpalship with Leroy Bockover in Potosi, Missouri
English, May 2006, by Ines Aubert
Part 1: August 2003: The first visit
Part 2: May 2006: The story goes on
Part 3: May 2006: Interview with Leroy

I would like to share my thoughts...
English, by Sam Bustamante, Polunsky Unit, Texas, October 2005

Correspondre avec un condamné à mort
Correspondre avec un condamné à mort est à la fois la plus belle et la plus douloureuse expérience que puisse vivre celui ou celle qui, armé (e) d'une simple plume, décide un jour de pénétrer cet endroit aussi impénétrable que sordide qu'est le Couloir de la Mort.
French, by Danièle Dagand, November 2003

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2. Life on the row:

Interview with José Moreno about gangs:
English, Interview with José Moreno in Texas, February 2015, by Ines Aubert


I will not candy coat this to you...

English, Sam Bustamante, #999380, Texas death row, February 2007

Doing Time
English, Marcus A. Wellons, #314289, Jackson, GA, February 2007, submitted by Ursula Rossel

Introduction to Death Row
English, Gary Simmons, Parchman, Mississippi, submitted by Eva Müller

Lifestory
English, Lenard Philmore, Florida Death Row - December 2007 - submitted by Angelika Fuchs


The new fish and the strong man

English, Victor Stephens, death row Atmore, AL, July 2007

A few questions...
English, Son Tran, Texas Death Row, October 2003

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3. Visiting:

My visit with Raymond
English, by Anne-Marie Simonet, Spring 2016

John est en Floride; je vis en France
French, by Mariam Brûlon, 2014

A Great Day
English, by Marcus A. Wellons, #314289, Jackson, GA, February 2007, submitted by Ursula Rossel

Besuchssituation im U.C.I. in Raiford, Florida
German, by Katrin Heitzer, Juni 2007

Visitation Situation in the U.C.I. in Raiford, Florida

English, by Katrin Heitzer, June 2007

My visit to Lonnie
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English, by Anne-Lise Wood, 2007

Une visite dans le couloir de la mort
French, by Gisèle Francey, 2005

An extraordinary experience
English, by Dlphine Rey, October 2004

Une expérience extraordinaire

French, by Delphine Rey, octobre 2004

Ma première visite à 'Polunsky Unit'
Ci-dessus, vous pouvez lire des extraits d'un journal tenu par Chrisitiane Bitz, membre de lifespark, lors de son tout premier voyage aux USA, voyage qui l'a amené à visiter son ami de plume, Roberto, condamné à mort et incarcéré à Polunsky Unit, Livingston, Texas

French, by Christiane Bitz, May 2003


My first visit ever at Polunsky Unit

The text presents extracts of lifespark member Christiane Bitz's diary, when she travelled for the first time ever to the USA. The trip took her to Polunksy Unit, Livingston, Texas to visit her pen-pal Roberto, prisoner on the Texas death row.

English, by Christiane Bitz, May 2003


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4. Execution:

Talk about the topic execution with Robert Pruett on death row in Texas
English, by Ines Aubert and Robert Pruett, July 2014

Dialogue with Lilia Allemann
Lilia served as spiritual counselor to her penpal when he was executed.
English, by Ines Aubert, January 2014

Interview with Gabi Uhl

Gabi Uhl is an anti-death penalty activist who watched the executions of two of her pen pals.
English, by Ines Aubert, June 2009

Interview with José Moreno
José Morena received a stay three hours before his execution.
English, by Ines Aubert, June 2009

Lettre à mon ami Roberto
J’ai entre les mains la dernière lettre que je recevrai de toi.
French, by Janine Cerri, March 2006

A Journey to Solace
José A. Moreno wrote this article after coming as close as three hours to his execution. This horrifying experience has changed him completely: "The person that went to the Walls Unit is not the same person that came back..."
English, by José Angel Moreno, Texas Death Row – September 2007, submitted by Hari Ammeter  

The Ride
Kevin Zimmerman, Texas death row prisoner no. 000977, wrote the following text after having received a stay of execution 15 minutes before execution time. The stay was cancelled a few days later and Kevin got executed on January 21, 2004, abruptly stopping a long time pen pal-ship with a lifespark member.
English, by Kevin Zimmerman, December 2003

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5. Victims and forgiveness:

Forgiveness
A text by Robert Pruett on death row in Texas about forgiving his father.
English, submitted by Ines Aubert, June 2014

Talk with Jake Yarbrough - a living memory of a taken father

A talk with the son of the victim in the case of Robert Pruett.
English, Ines Aubert, September 2013

Interview with Debbie

An interview with Robert Power's rape victim who has forgiven him.
English, Ines Aubert, February 2011

The big challenge
A talk with Robert Power on death row in Florida who wants to apologize to his victims.
English, Ines Aubert, October 2010

Lifespark - Lifeshare: Victims and Forgiveness
English, October 2010

Lifespark - Lifeshare: Victims and Forgiveness

English, June 2010

"It was a healing process for both of us"

An interview with Rodney Bowser, who forgave his sister’s murderer.
English, by Ines Aubert, June 2007

An interview with Bill Pelke, founder of the Journey of Hope

English, by Ines Aubert, February 2007

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6. Supporting the penpal:

Interview with David R. Dow, Director of the Texas Innocence Network / TIN and with Kelly Hickman, a young lawyer working for the Texas Innocence Network /TIN
English, April 2014, by Ines Aubert

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7. Miscellaneous:

Capture. A poem.
English, by Larry Rush, Pennsylvania Death Row – May 2009 – submitted by Sister Anne-Marie

Lifespark 15th Anniversary Quilt Project

English, by Isabelle Delèze, November 2008

It is never enough
English, by Patricia N. Wernert, women’s prison Ohio, December 2007, submitted by Susanne Moses

Love is not blind. A poem.
English, by Ulysses Sneed, Alabama Death Row, December 2007, submitted by Anne-Lise Wood

My name is Patricia - hello!

English, by Patricia N. Wernert, women’s prison Marysville OH, Spring 2007, submitted by Susanne Moses

How an embarrassing case becomes a godsend for justice in Texas
English, by Jacqueline Mellana, April 2006

Comment un cas embarrassant devient une aubaine pour la justice texane

French, by Jacqueline Mellana, 2006

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