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A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed in Texas
March 6 at 2:05 PM

Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be put to death on March 19. He has written us a letter that, he acknowledges, "could be my final statement on earth." It is well worth your time.

Ray Jasper was convicted of participating in the 1998 robbery and murder of recording studio owner David Alejandro. A teenager at the time of the crime, Jasper was sentenced to death. He wrote to us once before, as part of our Letters from Death Row series. That letter was remarkable for its calmness, clarity, and insight into life as a prisoner who will never see freedom. We wrote back and invited him to share any other thoughts he might have. Today, we received the letter below. Everyone should read it.


http://gawker.com/a-letter-from-ray-jasper-who-is-about-to-be-executed-1536073598

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  • Seasidegirl
    March 6 at 3:08 PM

    No thanks.

    I read "In the Belly of the Beast."  Then the author was released from prison and killed someone else.

    I am all for projects such as the Innocence Project and pulling death row inmates off of death row/out of prison when they are found to actually be innocent. NO innocent person should be executed...EVER.

    And I am against extreme sentencing, especially as it tends to be meted out unfairly.

    But I just don't feel like reading pages upon pages written by a murderer, however well-spoken, about how rotten prison is.

  • pamelax3
    March 6 at 3:31 PM

     I agree with this 100%

    Quoting Seasidegirl:

    No thanks.

    I read "In the Belly of the Beast."  Then the author was released from prison and killed someone else.

    I am all for projects such as the Innocence Project and pulling death row inmates off of death row/out of prison when they are found to actually be innocent. NO innocent person should be executed...EVER.

    And I am against extreme sentencing, especially as it tends to be meted out unfairly.

    But I just don't feel like reading pages upon pages written by a murderer, however well-spoken, about how rotten prison is.

     

  • Sapient.Quaff
    March 6 at 3:47 PM

     

    A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed

     

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  • Sapient.Quaff
    March 6 at 3:51 PM

     A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed

    A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed

  • Sapient.Quaff
    March 6 at 4:01 PM

    Ray was recording a rap album at the studio. Ray planned the murder. Ray booked the studio time. Ray recruited the co-defendants. Ray actually slit the guys throat but when THAT didn't kill him, Ray's accomplice finished the job.

    He literally planned a murder, set it up, lured the guy there under false circumstances, AND SLIT HIS THROAT. He then held the victim down as his friends stabbed him repeatedly in the stomach.

    Now that his time has come, he's trying to cause a media stir. But did you notice he never mentions the victim? His family? The lives torn apart by his thought-out execution of another human being?

    Nope.

    This isn't a race thing. It's a murderer who fundamentally doesn't believe he did something wrong, can't comprehend how his actions have led him here.  And YES, he is a danger to society.

    Should he be put to death? I honestly don't know. I am conflicted with the death penalty. I want to believe that all should have a chance at redemption. But this man has no empathy for the victim, nor their family. He still doesn't seem to want to admit his wrong doings, the horror he inflicted on another. It's all about him and how he's been wronged and because of that, I do believe he should never see the light of day again.


     

  • LoveMyBoyK
    March 6 at 4:08 PM

    That letter seriously made me want to vomit.  Not a single bit of personal responsibility in that little fucker. 

  • angelsunawarre
    March 6 at 4:12 PM

    Perhaps he would like to hear how this has affected the family of the murder victim.  up to the end he will throw a pity party and blame everyone else for it.

  • TerraIncognita
    March 7 at 9:05 AM
    Thank you for posting this.

    Quoting ceefdee77:

    I prefer this equally well written letter from his victim's brother.

    http://steven-alejandro.kinja.com/a-discussion-of-the-ray-jasper-death-row-issue-from-a-f-1536676452/1536918396/+hamilton_nolan

  • pookietooth
    March 7 at 10:53 AM

    Nothing he said in that letter will get him out of prison, or out of his death sentence. He will die -- it's Texas, after all!

    Quoting Seasidegirl:

    No thanks.

    I read "In the Belly of the Beast."  Then the author was released from prison and killed someone else.

    I am all for projects such as the Innocence Project and pulling death row inmates off of death row/out of prison when they are found to actually be innocent. NO innocent person should be executed...EVER.

    And I am against extreme sentencing, especially as it tends to be meted out unfairly.

    But I just don't feel like reading pages upon pages written by a murderer, however well-spoken, about how rotten prison is.


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