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A New Book About Movement Heroine: Marie Deans, A Courageous Fool

I don’t recall when I first met Marie Deans, but it was many years ago, late ’80s, early 90s, at some national death penalty meeting on the east coast. She spoke about her mother-in-law’s murder and her own opposition to putting her killer to death.

Hers was an amazing testimony for someone who had never heard this message from a victim family member. Marie founded what is now known as Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation and continued to work with prisoners. She was key in obtaining an exoneration for Earl Washington, wrongfully convicted and placed on death row.

Colman McCarthy writes in her obituary in The Washington Post:

Asked once why she involved herself in a field that attracts so few, Mrs. Deans replied: “I have the need to understand why we are so good at passing on violence and so poor at passing on love.”

This new book tells her whole story and deserves wide readership. Perhaps those who still think killing killers is the answer that brings justice to society and comfort to victims can learn from Marie that there is another way, “passing on love.” Click on the book jacket photo for more information about purchasing it.

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