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On Death Row 

An inside look at a maximum security prison in Texas featuring interviews with death row inmates.
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Werner Herzog ...  Self / ... 7 episodes, 2012-2013
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Compassion? Sympathy? I Think Not.
26 February 2013 | by astroasisSee all my reviews

While watching this documentary, I could tell that the viewer was meant to feel sympathy for these convicted murderers, but it just didn't happen for me. Everything they said, everything they were asked... I just found myself growing more and more angry with them and with the notion that I SHOULD feel any kind of sympathy for them based on what they were saying.

One of them mentioned not being able to hug his little girl. That's sad. Unfortunately, his victims' parents will never be able to hug, see or speak to their children again. That's sadder.

Someone said that he hadn't seen his wife in two years. That's a real shame. Unfortunately, his victims will never be able to find a partner and get married in the first place. That's an even bigger shame.

We also hear from a family member who is saddened that she can't spend holidays with her incarcerated loved one. I feel for her there. Unfortunately, the victims' families are no longer able to do anything at any time with their murdered loved one. I feel for them more.

One fellow talks about making his peace with God before the date of his execution and how finite life feels when you know what date your life will end. That's profound, but I somehow doubt he cared if his victims had made their peace with God before he brought about their unexpected and violent ends.

We also are told about how another inmate at one of the prisons was given his lethal injection improperly, which apparently caused some discomfort for him. How terrible. Maybe he should have been given the option of having his life ended the way he ended his victims' lives? Although I doubt that would be more pleasant than an improperly placed syringe.

As icing on the cake, we hear from a fellow that a prior altercation with his victim had been "very humiliating" for him. Words fail me here. Am I supposed to feel pity for him? Sympathy? I only feel rage.

Ultimately, every part I have seen of this documentary has turned my stomach completely. If that was the goal of the film-maker, then his mission was accomplished... but I have the feeling that his goal was to make me feel sympathy for these complete monsters who, in my opinion, should be grateful for the life they still have (as opposed to the lack of life they've inflicted on their victims).


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