Dear OTSE Supporter,

Happy New Year! As you know, OTSE relies on the generous contributions of supporters like you to fight for an end to executions in Ohio. Together we are making great strides, with much opportunity to make the most of in the coming months. First, however, we wish to extend our thanks to you, one of our most ardent supporters.

Soon, OTSE will launch a renewed effort to turn more members into supporters. Those who make a contribution exceeding $100 will be offered one of the books listed below. Because of your recent contribution in 2014, we want you to have first choice, before we begin a new effort to build additional supporters. To claim your gift, simply respond to this e-mail with your 1st and 2nd preference, as well as the mailing address to which we should send the gift. Please respond by January 20th, 2015.

Dead Man Walking (Sister Helen Prejean)

Here Sister Helen confronts both the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved, the fears of a society shattered by violence and the Christian imperative of love. On its original publication in 1993, Dead Man Walking emerged as an unprecedented look at the human consequences of the death penalty. Now, some two decades later, this story—which has inspired a film, a stage play, an opera and a musical album—is more gut-wrenching than ever, stirring deep and life-changing reflection in all who encounter it.

Guilty by Popular Demand (Bill Osinski)

The townsfolk of Logan, Ohio, a mined-out area of the Appalachian foothills, cheered as an innocent man was convicted and sent to death row. The occasion was the conviction of Dale N. Johnston. His trial ended nothing; the tragedies had just begun. What really happened on that bitter cold day in January 1984 was the total collapse of the local criminal justice system.

The Death of Innocents (Sister Helen Prejean)

What if we’re executing innocent men? Two cases in point are Dobie Gillis Williams, an indigent black man with an IQ of 65, and Joseph Roger O’Dell. Both were convicted of murder on flimsy evidence. Both were executed in spite of numerous appeals. Sister Helen Prejean watched both of them die. As she recounts these men’s cases and takes us through their terrible last moments, Prejean brilliantly dismantles the legal and religious arguments that have been used to justify the death penalty.

No Winners Here Tonight (Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

No Winners Here Tonight explores the history of the death penalty and the question of its fairness through the experience of a single state, Ohio, which, despite its moderate Midwestern values, has long had one of the country’s most active death chambers. Andrew Welsh-Huggins’s work is the only comprehensive study of the history of the death penalty in Ohio.

All you have to do to claim your gift is let us know your 1st and 2nd preference and the mailing address we should send the gift to. You can respond directly to this e-mail. Please respond by January 20th, 2015.

Thank you again for your crucial support. I hope you enjoy your gift and continue to fight with us for an end to executions in Ohio.

Kevin Werner
Executive Director
PS – Even if you don’t want one of these books for yourself, please consider taking one to pass along to a friend or donate to a local community lending library or the library at a local school.