The Death Penalty : A Fight For Life Essay

2217 Words Oct 30th, 2014 9 Pages
Kelsey West
Stephanie Dugger
English 102
14 Oct 2014
Karla Faye Tucker: A Fight to Save Her Life
In the United States, the death penalty is a subject that will most likely always be controversial. The eighth amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” (Bill of Rights). Executions are not new to history, but does a humane way to kill another human being exist? Is there is difference between a humane way to kill a man and a humane way to kill a woman or child? It is a fact that more men than women are executed in the United States yearly; is it due to the difference between men and women, or do men just commit more violent crimes? On February 3, 1998 Karla Faye Tucker of Houston, Texas was executed by lethal injection for the murder of two individuals on the night of June 13, 1983. Once incarcerated, Tucker claimed to have found Jesus Christ, and she declared that she was a changed woman whose goal in life was to save the lives of other people committing wrongful acts. Karla Faye Tucker does appear to be genuine in her newly found strong religious beliefs, but transcripts of her interview with Larry King and her letter to George W. Bush demonstrate that she was also aware that she could play on the sympathies of American citizens due to her gender and religious beliefs with the hopes of receiving clemency from her execution.

History of Karla Faye Tucker

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