Don't Kill in Our Names

Families of Murder Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty

A book by Rachel King

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


Subject: Sociology/
Criminology/Public Policy/
Cultural Studies
ISBN 0-8135-3182-9
Cloth: 304 pp.

All book royalties go to:
Murder Victims' Families
for Human Rights
Journey of Hope…
From Violence to Healing

Gripping stories of people who have lost a loved one to murder and oppose the death penalty.



Praise for Don't Kill in Our Names

"Rachel King offers us the stories of families who understand the powerful reality that taking another life in the name of justice only perpetuates the tragedy. I encourage others to read these stories to better understand their journey from despair and anger to some level of peace and even forgiveness."-*Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking

"Particularly disturbing are stories that involve the sentencing to death of retarded convicts and juveniles…The testimony of families of murder victims is key to anti-death penalty campaigners, and these moving accounts might touch readers who are wavering on the issue." -Publishers Weekly

"Don't Kill in Our Names is a compelling presentation of a relatively unknown truth: some murder victims' families oppose capital punishment because they believe it simply continues the cycle of killing. These important voices contribute to our nation's renewed, growing debate on the death penalty."-U.S. Senator Russell D. Feingold

"Rachel King's book is a powerful statement against the death penalty by those with the most compelling reasons to be for it. Anyone who thinks the death penalty is justified because of the victims should read this book."-U.S. Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott

"Too often, family members who oppose the death penalty are silenced, marginalized, and abandoned, even by the people who are theoretically charged with helping them. Don't Kill in Our Names gives voice to murder victims' family members who are not seeking the 'execution solution' to heal their pain. I highly recommend it, especially for those who care about victims' rights."-Robert "Renny" Cushing, Executive Director, Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation

"This book took me on an emotional journey through the lives of people who not only forgave those who murdered their loved ones, but who came to know them as human beings, in many cases through working to save them from the death penalty. Anyone who cares-or thinks he/she cares-about justice should read this book."-Raymond Michalowski, professor of criminal justice, Northern Arizona University


All royalties go to: Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights
and Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing.
Author Rachel King, at the time of her death, Aug. 25, 2008, was a lawyer on staff of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, and former anti-death penalty organizer for American Civil Liberties Union Capital Punishment Project.
Order online her books Don't Kill in Our Names and
Capital Consequences: Families of the Condemned Tell Their Stories
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