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Death Watch Diary

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Robert Towery was executed by the State of Arizona on March 8, 2012.
For the last 35 days of his life, Robert was placed on “Death Watch” where
his every move was recorded and chronicled by prison officials.
Robert also kept a diary which he gave or mailed to his attorneys as installments.
He detailed the ironies and absurdities of life in prison. He
reveled in simple pleasures
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Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published (first published March 11th 2012)
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Jerry Smith
Apr 15, 2012 Jerry Smith rated it really liked it
Short account of the last days of Robert Towery, executed in March 2012 in Arizona. Personally I am against the death penalty. Not for any particular moral reasons but rather the finality of the act eliminating any possibility of righting a wrongful conviction (plus many other reasons). Towery never denied his actions but this account is stark in it's telling of the last 35 days of his life when he was on death watch prior to execution.

One is struck by the banality and frustration of this existe
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Sabrina Stobbs
Feb 07, 2014 Sabrina Stobbs rated it did not like it
This was very samey and a little boring. Short also so only took about 35 mins to read it all.

I study psychology and have worked in a prison, crimes people commit to end up in these places fascinate me and what drives them to carry out these crimes.

However this book I did not find in dept at all and told you more about the prisoners blood pressure daily until his execution than about his feelings and thoughts as you may expect.
Sharmin
Jan 19, 2017 Sharmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick Read

Interesting take on a convicted killer waiting on execution. Death Watch isn't Death Row, things change. Sadly people change, but it's usually too late...worse, it takes prison or the death penalty to realize how life 'could have been'.
Kristal
Jun 27, 2015 Kristal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So so

in this book he complains abouts his environment. He complains about not being able to get the things he wants and poor conditions. I believe if you are in prison you shouldn't have any privileges. So for th a t reason I could care less what he has to say.
Marcie
Apr 03, 2013 Marcie rated it really liked it
Interesting insight into the last few weeks of life of a death-row inmate.
Ellie
Sep 08, 2012 Ellie added it
a good quick read on life and death in prison
Fiona
Mar 25, 2013 Fiona rated it it was ok
Short read about a prisoners final days on death row. Interesting to know that author Jodie picoult became pen pals with him after interviewing him for a novel.
Samantha Symes
Oct 12, 2014 Samantha Symes rated it liked it
A short and stark account of the final days of a mans life.

I read the reviews on here and people said it was repetitive and boring, but I found the reality stark.
Erin Smith
Human

A good read that shows that even those that have committed crimes are just as human as the rest and have the same thoughts, feelings and needs.
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