Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, spoke at Belmont University Monday, April 30. Prejean recounted her experiences working with death penalty cases and making the Academy Award-winning film Dead Man Walking.
Prejean became pen pals with Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers. When her eyes were opened to the execution process she wrote Dead Man Walking, which was No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller’s List and became a motion picture, a play and premiered as an opera in San Francisco. Her latest book is The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.
“Sister Helen Prejean Visits Belmont University” – YouTube, April 30, 2007