In the novel Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean, was asked to correspond
with Pat Sonnier, a man sentenced to die by electric chair for the murder of two teen-
agers, which he did not commit. Dead Man Walking, gives a moving account of her
spiritual journey as she became knowledgeable about our system of capital punishment
through her involvement in the lives and deaths of several convicted murderers, their
families, the families of their
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men get through all the emotions a
death row inmate must go through and make them feel loved. In return, these men gave
love back to Sister Helen and defined her soul.
The great misfortune of the lives of Patrick Sonnier and Robert Willie is that the
love of Sister Helen, or the rest of us, was not extended to them before they reached death
row. If it had, they might never have gone there.