Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House (2020)

Condemned Inside the Sing Sing Death House In the annals of American criminal justice two prisons stand out as icons of institutionalized brutality and deprivation Alcatraz and Sing Sing In the odd years before when the death sentenc
  • Title: Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House
  • Author: Scott Christianson
  • ISBN: 9780814715963
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the annals of American criminal justice, two prisons stand out as icons of institutionalized brutality and deprivation Alcatraz and Sing Sing In the 70 odd years before 1963, when the death sentence was declared unconstitutional in New York, Sing Sing was the site of almost one half of the 1,353 executions carried out in the state More people were executed at Sing SiIn the annals of American criminal justice, two prisons stand out as icons of institutionalized brutality and deprivation Alcatraz and Sing Sing In the 70 odd years before 1963, when the death sentence was declared unconstitutional in New York, Sing Sing was the site of almost one half of the 1,353 executions carried out in the state More people were executed at Sing Sing than at any other American prison, yet Sing Sing s death house was, to a remarkable extent, one of the most closed, secret and mythologized places in modern America.In this remarkable book, based on recently revealed archival materials, Scott Christianson takes us on a disturbing and poignant tour of Sing Sing s legendary death house, and introduces us to those whose lives Sing Sing claimed Within the dusty files were mug shots of each newly arrived prisoner, most still wearing the out to court clothes they had on earlier that day when they learned their verdict and were sentenced to death It is these sometimes bewildered, sometimes defiant, faces that fill the pages of Condemned, along with the documents of their last months at Sing Sing.The reader follows prisoners from their introduction to the rules of Sing Sing, through their contact with guards and psychiatrists, their pleas for clemency, escape attempts, resistance, and their final letters and messages before being put to death We meet the mother of five accused of killing her husband, the two young Chinese men accused of a murder during a robbery and the drifter who doesn t remember killing at all While the majority of inmates are everyday people, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were also executed here, as were the major figures in the infamous Murder Inc forerunner of the American mafia Page upon page, Condemned leaves an indelible impression of humanity and suffering.
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    One Reply to “Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House”

    1. this book will bring you to your knees with the realization that the american justice system was not always what it is today a window into the past and the lives of those convicted and put away in one of the worst prisons in the country to see a side of life many of us don t even think twice about, the letters of those locked away for life, the innocent and the guilty, the simple wishes of those who have lost everything many undeservingly definitely sealed my views on being against capital punis [...]

    2. My boyfriend got this book for free and passed it on to me, saying that it seemed like something I might enjoy I was skeptical, but he wasn t wrong I enjoy nonfiction, dark things, gross things, and useless knowledge, so this was pretty much right up my alley I read it cover to cover the first day It s not as much a narrative as a scrapbook of the horrors of Sing Sing photos, letters, et cetera It is gripping and unflinching disturbing and disturbingly easy to get sucked into.

    3. This book was illuminating I wish the author had provided a little background on the criminals themselves, but it was so interesting to learn about Sing Sing s history It was a quick read, full of some really great photos.

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