Women and Race: An Examination of the Death Penalty Throughout American History

A Brief History of the Execution of Women 1632 – Present

Entry #4: A Brief History of the Execution of Women Since the beginning of time, the death penalty has been handed down to both men and women for death worthy offenses. Although the crimes which carry a sentence of death have changed, capital punishment has withstood the test of time. The origin of the death… Continue reading A Brief History of the Execution of Women 1632 – Present

Women and Race: An Examination of the Death Penalty Throughout American History

Changing the Message of the Death Penalty via State Sanctioned “Suicide”: James French and Christina Riggs

The practice of volunteering for execution by stopping all appeals is not an uncommon occurrence on death row. It has been proven that death row conditions, specifically solitary confinement, have the potential to produce mental illness and conditions such as hallucinations, hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli, and extreme anxiety, but what about inmates who commit murder just because they want to die? This was the case for James French and more recently, Christina Riggs. If inmates who wish to commit state sanctioned “suicide” are obliged, the message of the death penalty in itself is skewed, and concerns about the mental health process upon conviction, unearthed.

Women and Race: An Examination of the Death Penalty Throughout American History

The Greenlease Kidnapping and Murder

Entry #2: Bonnie Heady and the Greenlease Case On September 28, 1953, Robert (Bobby) Greenlease sat focused at his desk at a private school in Kansas City, Mo., when he was informed his aunt had arrived to pick him up. Upon arrival at Notre Dame De Sion, a school for young boys, Bonnie Heady appeared… Continue reading The Greenlease Kidnapping and Murder