What Would You Say If You Knew You Were Going to Die?
Here's an interesting-but-disturbing story from the Freakonomics blog. A study of the last statements offered by several death-row inmates found that 36 percent admitted responsibility, and 32 percent expressed sorrow or sought forgiveness from family members impacted by the inmate's crime. As the author of the piece points out, "what’s really interesting is how the content of final statements changed after Texas, on January 12, 1996, began allowing family and friends of homicide victims to attend executions." Knowing they had to face the ones they wronged, dramatically increased the number of confessions and petitions for forgiveness on the part of the inmates.