Shot in the Heart
Mikal Gilmore is a Rolling Stone writer and the youngest brother of murderer Gary Gilmore, who became, in 1977, the first person to be executed in the United States after a 10-year...more
I haven't read The Executioner's Song, though I've since ordered it, so I'm not sure how this compares. I have to believe that being written by Gary Gilmore's brother (the ...more
This book was really good, and I think Mikal Gilmore is an awesome author. The only reason that I gave it three stars instead of four was that it was pretty heavy on the psychoanalysis of the Gilmore family dynamic. Sometimes it just got to be too much. (P.S. I ended up ...more
Mikal was the youngest of the four Gilmore boys, with a 6-year gap between him and the next-youngest, Gaylen. Mikal's memories start well after Gary's life had started down a hard path; in fact, his first memory of Gary is ...more
When I started this book, I expected it to be a memoir of Gary Gilmore's life and death written by his brother Mikal. I was only kind of right, which is just a different way to say I was wrong. What Gilmore has done is both more difficult, and I believe more painful.
Mikal is a good writer of non-fiction. He's clear and concise without skimping on detail. He knows a lot of the details here first-hand, and ...more
One passage I underlined, about the moral dilemmas that execution volunteers like Gilmore pose:
"But through it all, Gary remained fierce and unwavering in his determination to die -- he even tried his own han ...more
Despite being locked in this depressing and violent world for so long, with no hope of an ending in the near future, I quite enjoyed myself.
Mikal Gilmore's brother is sentenced to death in Utah for murdering two Mormon men. His fame reaches its zenith not when he becomes one of the first men to be sentenced to death after a recent renewal of corporal punishment, but when he begs to be killed.
The story is a powerful debate on what it means to be good ...more
This book was an excellent companion to the previously mentioned ...more
I highly recommend both books.
11/29/2008 page 177 29.9% "Finally a good book again. I've always wanted to read more about Gary Gilmore. Back in the punk days we used to listen to a song, called Looking through Gary Gilmore's eyes"
11/29/2008 page 178 30.07% "By the other book I mean The Execution's Song ...more
Mikal Gilmore, Gary Gilmore's youngest brother, tells THE STORY. The Gilmore family life was horrific for ...more
If I was a aware of the murders and execution at the time I have long since forgotten. My first memory of Gilmore comes a few years later when I wrote an ...more
Mikal Gilmore attempts to roll back the fair amount of mystique and hyperbole that was done in the name of literature to his family by Norman Mailer's "Executioner's Song".
Gilmore is a great writer. This isn't just some poor guy's attempt to connect himself to a pivotal figure in crime history. Yes, two-times murderer (and death sentence advocate) Gary Gilmore was his big brother, but Mikal (who has long written for "Rolling Stone") has the chops to make this story his o ...more
Although the book touches on the media circus created by the story of a man who murdered two, was found guilty, waived his right of appeal, then chose a firing squad over hanging as his preference for e ...more
Everything changed after I read this book. Mikal (who legally cha ...more
In 1977, Gilmore's brother Gary, a convicted murderer, was the first person executed after the death penalty was reinstated in 1977. Gary Gilmore was executed for shooting two young Mormons, Max Jensen and Ben Bushnell, in cold blood. He was executed by fir ...more