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The Unforgiven: Utah's Executed Men

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Since the days of "frontier justice" and "blood atonement, " Utah has struggled with issues of capital punishment. Years after the Mountain Meadows massacre, John D. Lee was shot to death seated on his coffin in a theatrical, media-conscious staging, while some fifty other perpetrators went unpunished. Despite pleas for clemency from the daughter of an LDS church president ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Signature Books
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Karrie Higgins
Nov 10, 2013 Karrie Higgins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: criminal-justice
One of the blurbs on the back of this book absolutely nails it:

"Gillespie's book is undeniably haunting. This is the kind of stuff that makes you realize why we need Halloween--because we can't deal with real blood, real death, the ghosts of our actual past."--Paul Swenson, The Salt Lake Tribune


What sets Gillespie's book apart from most coverage I have seen of Utah's death penalty is his insights from multiple sides of the system: as a onetime member of the Utah State Board of Pardons, a witnes
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Jake
Jul 28, 2009 Jake rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
At Weber State University in Ogden Utah, Dr. Gillespie is perhaps best known for his "anti-Claus" lecture. I personally saw him give this colorful address a few times. He should turn it into a book. But when he is not discussing the downside of teaching kids to believe in Santa Claus, he also serves as an authority on capital punishment as administered in Utah.

Dr. Gillespie has personally witnessed several Utah executions, and served on the Utah State Board of Pardons. In this book, he traces le
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Shirley Brown
Mar 24, 2015 Shirley Brown rated it it was ok
This wasn't a great book. The lives of those men on death row seem to read about the same. Their lives were much the same, not very interesting people -- just full of hate and poor upbringing. Most didn't know how to be successful and contributing citizens.
David
Jun 23, 2010 David rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, history, utah
Very interesting overview of all the men who have been given the death penalty and executed in Utah.
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