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Inside America’s Death Chambers

How a country kills its condemned

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Death of a Sinner

A Texas prisoner fought for the right to have his pastor pray over him and lay hands on him during his execution. Now his pastor reflects.

A collage showing Alan Eugene Miller, a syringe, law enforcement, and a gavel
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Dead Man Living

What happened when Alabama tried and failed to kill Alan Eugene Miller