Don't Kill in Our Names

Families of Murder Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty

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Sister Helen Prejean* joins Bill Pelke on a Journey of Hope tour in Pelke's bus Abolition Movin'.
Photo by Abe Bonowitz

Gus Lamm's (left) daughter Audrey Lamm was only two when her mother Vicki Zessin and a friend were stabbed to death while the three women spent the night in a Quaker meetinghouse.
Photo by permission of the family

Ron Carlson focused on his religious faith, not his rage, after his sister was axed to death.
Photo byRachel King

Marietta Jaeger Lane forgave the man who killed her 7-year-old daughter, after kidnapping her during a family camping trip in Montana.
Photo by Barbara Hood


Gus Lamm's wife Vicki Zessin (center) and a friend were stabbed to death in a Quaker meetinghouse by a member of the congregation. Their daughter two-year-old Audrey Lamm survived.
Photo by permission of the family


Ami Lyn White, Gary Brown
and Linda White. Gary and a juvenile friend abducted and murdered Linda's pregnant daughter Cathy after she stopped to help them with car trouble. Cathy's daughter Ami went to live with her grandmother, Linda. See photo of Cathy O'Daniel below.*
Photo by Ellen Halber


Nineteen-year-old Tariq Khamisa** was slain as he was delivering pizza. The fathers of both the victim and his killer worked together to start a foundation in Tariq's name to end youth violence (www.tkf.org). See next photo.
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Fifteen-year-old Tony Hicks (center) killed Azim Khamisa's (right) 19-year-old son **Tariq as he was delivering pizza. Azim and Tony's father Ples Felix (left) started a foundation in Tariq's name to end youth violence (www.tkf.org)
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Gary Gauger (center) was wrongfully convicted of killing his parents, Morris (left) and Ruth Gauger, on their Illinois farm and sentenced to death. Gary's twin sister Ginger Gauger- Blossom (holding a leash) never lost faith in his innocence.
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Ginger Gauger-Blossom continues to work with her brother Gary Gauger toward abolishing capital punishment, years after his wrongful conviction of murdering their parents was overturned.
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*Cathy O’Daniel was abducted and murdered in 1986 by two boys who asked her to give them a ride.
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Maria Hines and husband Ray Schweri, became active opponents of the death penalty after her brother, Virginia State Trooper Jerry Hines, was slain in the line of duty.
Photo by Christian Bright


Nancy and Richard Langert were murdered in their home by a teenage intruder. Nancy was pregnant with their first child.
Photo provided by the family


The author, Rachel King.
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All book royalties go to: Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation and Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing. Author Rachel King is a lawyer and anti-death penalty organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union Capital Punishment Project. Her sequel, Capital Consequences is scheduled for release late in 2004.
Contact King at
dontkill@rachelkingbooks.com
www.rachelkingbooks.com ©2003-2004