Texas' Controversial Murderess

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 Karla Faye Tucker lived a hard and dangerous life: by the time she was 23 she was an addict, a prostitute and murderer. Read her fascinating and gruesome tale, Karla Faye Tucker: Texas' Controversial Murderess, written by Joseph Geringer and watch interviews with Karla from Karla Faye Tucker: Forevermore, found at the bottom of the page:

 

(Warning: This story contains violent descriptions and some course language. Most of this content has been removed, but some was necessary to tell the whole story. If you would like to read this article in its entirety follow this link to Chapter 1 of Karla's story: Texas' Controversial Murderess)

 

Karla Faye Tucker was born in Houston, Harris County, Texas on November 18, 1959. Life started out normal enough for the doll-faced little brunette with large almond eyes and a set of dimpled cheeks. By the time she came into the world, the Tuckers already had two daughters, Kari Ann, one year old, and Kathi Lynne, two, and a German shepherd who was child-friendly. Larry, her father, was a longshoreman in the Gulf of Mexico and her mother, Carolyn, a home mom. Karla Faye's earliest years were happiest. 

Mr. and Mrs. Tucker had an on-again, off-again marriage, literally. They divorced and remarried several times, trying to make a go of it, but each time they would regress. Each time it was because of infidelity. The three daughters felt the sting of the breakups, only to rejoice at the reunions, only to be torn asunder again when the parents' union did so. When Karla Faye was ten, the final dissolution took place. It was messy. 

During final divorce proceedings, which seemed like an eternity to a young child caught up in the midst of the battling, Karla found out exactly why she did not look like Kari and Kathi. Her mother admitted to her that she was the result of an extramarital affair. Even though her father had accepted Karla Faye as his own, the third daughter from that moment on never psychologically could convince herself that she belonged to the Tuckers, as real kids Kathi and Kari belonged. 

Karla Faye Tucker wanted a family, so she did what all other children do when their own isn't definable: looked for one elsewhere.

By the time she was 10 years old she had been smoking marijuana for nearly a year, a recreation introduced by her sisters. Finding that maryjane was not companion enough to make her feel like the somebody she wanted to feel like, she tried the harder stuff. Before she was eleven, she was shooting heroin. 

"The influence of others — peer pressure," Karla Faye explained to Ms. Meeuwson. "My sisters were into drugs and they had a friend who was older; they always hung around with older people. There was a lot of drugs." 

 

Pick Axe

Petite, curly-haired, 23-year-old Karla Faye Tucker, when not glassy-eyed under the effects of the multitude of drugs she tended to swallow at one sitting, may have looked like some proud mother's honor student. The fresh-faced Texan, however, by the time June 13, 1983, rolled around, had lived a life hard enough to have erased any schoolgirl whispiness from the core of her eyes. Innocence hadn't slowly evaporated in Karla Faye's case; it had been devoured painfully, masticated by a world that chewed her up halfway before she learned to bite back.

She would later describe herself during that time in her life as being a mixed-up, peer-pressured, radical whose life had been a succession of last-minute decisions, all without fear of consequence, all bad, all rotten. If one were to watch her face as the sun went down that June, 1983, they would have seen the expression of someone who was, as she were to tell TV interviewer Larry King years later, "crazy, violent."

A party had been in force for three days in the small brick house in Houston, Texas; there Karla Faye lived with 37-year-old Daniel Garrett (Danny), described in his world as a "pill doctor," a provider of pills. Inspiration for the weekend bash was the birthday of Kari Ann, Karla's older sister, and as it steamed on it had developed into something more than the "high" everyone hoped. Inhibitions disappeared as well as clothing. Kari had wanted a sex orgy and her celebrants were eager to give her one. Garrett and the partiers en masse were like Karla Faye, whose existence had culminated in a no-life of drugs and booze. Both factors were predominant at the bash. Beer, whisky and tequila provided the means to wash down the "dessert tray" of placydills, dilaudids, valium, mandrex and more.

"On top of all this I had been doing a considerable amount of coke and bathtub speed," Karla Faye attested in a 1990 interview with LifeWay Church magazine, recalling the night of her crime. "I didn't usually do speed much; heroin and downers was my preference because I am a very hyper person and doing speed always 'skitzed' me out — made me go crazy...(That night) we were cooking speed, and we started shooting it because it was there, and I loved the needle in my arm — what one would call a needle freak."

Much of the talk at the party centered around the recent marital break-up of mutual friends Shawn and Jerry Lynn Dean. Dismal, Shawn attended the party, beaten with a busted nose and lip; she had left her biker husband a week earlier after he had physically abused her for what would turn out to be the last time. Because Shawn was Karla Faye's best friend, the latter stewed throughout the evening, threatening to drive to Jerry's apartment to beat him up.

"I saw what he had done to (Shawn), and I was really mad (because) I was really protective of her," Karla Faye told LifeWay. "I thought, 'Yeah, I'll get even with him!' My idea of getting even with him meant confronting him, standing toe to toe, fist to fist." 

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Karla Faye's dislike for the 27-year-old Dean stretched back several months when she first moved here to the Quay Point district in Houston. She knew that Shawn had married the man on a fling and the first time she brought him over turned out to be the first time Karla Faye hated him. Arriving home after being gone all day, she found that Dean had had the nerve to roll his Harley Davidson inside her home for safety's sake. Never a candidate for Good Housekeeping's woman of the year, Karla Faye nevertheless angered to see the motorcycle with its dripping oil pan leaning against her television set and emanating stale fumes. Despite Shawn being her friend, she asked the couple to leave. Words passed between the biker and Karla Faye, then simmered for the presence of Shawn.

Since that time, the few instances Karla Faye and Dean met by chance brought locked horns. It was a personality clash; the girl simply disliked him, he disliked the girl. As Karla Faye admitted toLifeWay, they fought to fight. "One time he was sitting in his car outside and I punched him in the eye for just being there." 

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"I have an idea!" Danny chuckled as he slid into the passenger seat beside his woman. "Been giving the situation some thought, and I say we go, tonight, now, to steal the sunuvabitch's Jerry Dean's bike!" The other two awed at the idea; they knew that there was no greater insult to a biker than to mess with his machine. On the way home, they discussed their plan. 

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Drawing their auto aside, lights off, into the lot adjacent to Dean's front door, the trio emerged. Karla Faye noted that the street out front the place was dimly lit. "We might not even take the damn thing tonight if there are any people roaming around inside the halls or something," Danny told them. "But, we have to case the joint first. At least we'll get a fairly good look to see how easy the bike'll be to steal."

Danny ordered Jimmy to remain outside to keep an eye out for cops while he and Karla Faye would attempt to snap the front door lock. Keeping with the shadows, they approached the front door — the light overhead the awning was out — that was good! — and Danny wiggled the doorknob in his hand. Pushing it inward with a grunt, something clicked and the door swung inward. 

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Her thoughts barely manifested when a square of light pierced the blackness from a doorway beside them. Karla Faye gasped. It was Dean's bedroom, and he had flicked on the light! Staring, waiting for his hulk to fill the doorway, the intruders saw the foot-end of a bed protruding into view and could hear the squeak of its mattress.

"Who the hell is out there?" Dean's all-too-familiar growl.

Karla Faye felt herself waver; one foot aimed for the front door, the other toes dug in defiantly for a fight. Her hands clenched into fists. While she froze in this confusion, Danny had already reacted. He had grabbed a hammer from beside the toolbox and was now racing, hammer out front, for the bedroom. Karla Faye followed instinctively. From the doorway of the room, she watched Danny's weapon strike the figure of Dean who had half-risen from the covers. The blow, which had struck his head, jolted him backwards. Blood crept from each nostril, then from the corners of his mouth. Not hesitating, Danny dealt a series of more whacks to the head that sent a thudding, almost dull, echo throughout the room. Karla Faye found the violence thrilling... 

Reaching back into the living room, Karla Faye grabbed the first murderous thing she saw, that pick-axe, three feet long and easy to the grip. Effortlessly, she lifted it, and returned to the chamber already smelling of blood...

The girl, whom would later be identified as Deborah Thornton, had screamed only once and began to gurgle...

When she had finished with Thornton, empowered by the deviancy, she finished off Dean with another twenty blows. 

Before they left the scene of the crime, Danny left the pickaxe impaled in Deborah Thornton's heart.

The next day was like any other for the murderers. They remembered very little and, well, what happened had been a small affair.

In a taped interview with Larry King, Karla Faye, shunning the details of the murder, nevertheless recalled that, "I not only didn't walk around with any guilt, I was proud of thinking I had finally measured up to the big boys." Apart from that initial pride, the only deep sense she may have experienced after the murder was lethargy. "I didn't care about anybody...I didn't place any value on myself or anybody else."

The landlord discovered the murder victims; police were called in; an investigation began. It didn't take law officers long to connect the bodies to the killers. Cops learned with whom they associated and started asking questions. Everyone at the party had learned about what Karla Faye and Danny had done — hell they had bragged about their deed! When the police started getting rough, everyone who knew anything talked. Danny's brother talked. Kari Tucker talked. Shawn talked. Even Jimmy Leibrant, when he was nabbed, talked. He hadn't been involved, said he, but waited outside for what was supposed to be a burglary.

Throughout the days of the trial to come, Leibrant turned state's evidence to walk away free.

Karla Faye Tucker would be sentenced to death. So would Danny Garrett.

Garrett died in prison a few years later.

Karla Faye would live long enough to repent — and become Texas' most controversial figure ever on any state's death row.  

 

Heaven in Spite of Hell

Evangelist and author Linda Strom often visited Karla Faye Tucker throughout the last decade of her life at Mountain View's death row. Strom's recently published book, Karla Faye Tucker Set Free, relates the inmate's ongoing conversion to religion and attests that Karla Faye died fully repentant of her crime.

According to Strom, Karla Faye had found what she called "the power of forgiveness" when still in Harris County Jail, Houston, awaiting her sentencing. A minister had visited the jail and Karla Faye, attending his services, took a Bible back to her cell more for reading material than as a gesture of faith. But, over the next few days, reading the Holy Book for the first time, she began to realize a strength she never thought she had, enough to carry her through her coming trial and sentencing. By the time she arrived at death row, she had become a spiritual lift to other prisoners there, who found her upbeat attitude a light in the dark.

Recalling Karla, Strom writes, "Not only did Karla see people, she listened to them with her head and her heart...Her words — both her spoken ones and written ones — packed a wallop and were always encouraging."

 

Sister Helen Prejean (left) with Karla (Ron Kuntz)
Sister Helen Prejean (left) with Karla 
(Ron Kuntz)

 

In 1995, Karla Faye married Dana Lane Brown, a member of a prison ministry group. Because she was on death row and not permitted to attend ceremonies, Brown married her through proxy in Waco, Texas. The event drew media attention because of the notoriety of capital punishment, Karla Faye being its inherent spokesperson. She had already been the subject of much print expended on the cause from columnists, women's rights activists and politicians, both for and against the issue. During her confinement, she had been visited by various celebrities who believed her conversion to be genuine, including ex-Miss America and broadcaster Terry Meeuwsen, and author of Dead Man Walking, Catholic nun Sister Helen Prejean.

Newt Gingrich championed her cause, and so did evangelist Pat Robertson. Robertson tried for five years to remove her from death row, his efforts culminating with a plea for her life on a live television broadcast. At a press conference hosted by the Christian Broadcasting Network, he said, "I am one who has supported the death penalty for hardened criminals. But I do think that any justice system that is worthy of the name must have room for mercy...In the case of Karla Faye Tucker, she is not the same person who committed those heinous ax murders...She is totally transformed, and I think to execute her is more an act of vengeance than it is appropriate justice."

A frequent and surprising visitor to Mountain View Prison was Ron Carlson, brother of Karla Faye Tucker's female victim, Deborah Thornton. At first a rabid crusader for her death, Carlson, like Tucker, found religion and, in the interim, absolution.

His story is highlighted in the 1999 video, The Power of Forgiveness, produced by Gateway Films and presented by Vision Video. The documentary traces Carlson's life his experiences from the anguish he suffered when first learning of his sister's murder and climaxes when he visits an unexpected Karla Faye Tucker in prison.

"It made me sick to know what they did to my sister," Carlson recalls his feelings the day after the killing. "The bodies were mutilated...some twenty-five to thirty puncture wounds on each body...My sister was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

He remembers months of wishing, night and day, that he would someday have the opportunity to kill Karla Faye; he wished he could have her at his mercy, with a pickaxe in his hands. Already having experimented with drugs, the loathing drove him deeper into the practice until his life no longer resembled what it had been before the tragedy.

States he: "I knew I had to do something with the hatred and the anger that was within me. It was consuming me."

Strangely, as did the woman he despised, he found his faith in the Bible. Reading about the crucifixion of Christ, he realized the reality of the tests everyone is put to in this life. "I learned that if I want to be forgiven, I must learn to forgive," he attests.

Seeking audience with Karla Faye, who hadn't known who he was until he identified himself, he leaned toward the Plexiglas window, which separated inmates from their callers, then gently told her who he was and that he forgave her for what she had done. "She cried," says Carlson.

From that one visit they became friends; he visited her often at Mountain View.

The video also examines the flip side of this human reaction through Deborah Thornton's husband, Richard. Until the day Karla Faye was executed, Richard was her most outspoken adversary. On the day she died, he led a group of friends and relatives to the walls beyond the prison to jeer and cheer; handmade signs held aloft directed the condemned inmate to: Have a Nice Day, Karla Faye.

To a cluster of reporters Richard appraised the situation. "This is the day Karla Faye Tucker will die...This is Deborah Thornton Day...What goes around, comes around."

And of her religious conversion, he scoffed. Pointing to the crowds behind him, he replied, "If every one of you were to get transcripts of the 1984 trial and compare it to what Karla Faye Tucker says today you'd have no problem understanding that that woman is lying."

An Eye for an Eye

Late afternoon, February 3, 1998, Governor George W. Bush closed the door on the last breath of hope for Karla Faye. He denied a 30-day delay to the execution set for later that evening. A press release issued from the Governor's Mansion stated, "Many people have contacted my office about this execution. I respect (their) strong convictions (but) Karla Faye Tucker has acknowledged she is guilty of a horrible crime. She was convicted and sentenced by a jury of her peers. The role of the state is to enforce our laws...The courts, including the United States Supreme Court, have reviewed the legal issues in this case, and therefore I will not grant a 30-day stay. May God bless Karla Faye Tucker and may God bless her victims and their families."

Karla Faye Tucker died an hour later.

In preparation for her death, while the reprieve from the governor was still pending, officials removed the prisoner from Mountain View and delivered her by plane to Huntsville State Prison, where the state's execution chamber is located. Chatting briefly with reporters, she remained what CNN U.S. News termed "upbeat," dining on a last meal comprised of "a banana, a peach and a salad". With her were her husband Dana Brown and a few family members and friends. Visibly comforting her as the appointed time of her execution (6:30 p.m. CST) drew near was Ron Carlson, Deborah Thornton's forgiving brother. Dressed in the white uniform of Mountain View, Karla Faye had declined donning the orange work suits usually worn by condemned prisoners in Huntsville.

Relaying her to her death would be a lethal injection, a blend of quick—acting barbiturate and paralytic drug, fed intravenously. Texas, which adopted this form of capital punishment in 1977, is one of 27 states employing it. Other states utilize electric voltage, gas, rope or firing squad as life-taking means.

According to API writer Michael Graczyk, "Asked what her thoughts would be when strapped to the death chamber gurney, (Karla Faye) replied, 'I'm certainly going to be thinking about what it's like in heaven.'"

Huntsville received the news of Governor Bush's rejection at approximately 5:25 p.m., at which time it was relayed to Karla Faye. She was given solitude to pray and bid goodbye to her intimate company. Before the hour ended, prison personnel and a minister approached her cell to lead her through a white-washed door at the farthest end of the corridor. Beyond that door was the death chamber.

It is a cubicle really, of sterile white and bright lights, resembling a doctor's examining room, but with one-way viewing glass on two sides for spectators and a stark array of paraphernalia whose purpose is not subtly concealed.

That evening, while her loved ones peered in sorrowfully from one waiting area, opposite them stood members of her victim's families, feeling less pity. Allowed a moment for last words, she sat on the gurney to which, in a few moments she would be bound with leather restraining straps, and addressed reflective windows knowing that beyond their glare waited and watched those with tears and those without.

"I would like to say to all of you, the Thornton family and Jerry Dean's family, that I am so sorry. I hope God will give you peace with this." She then whispered a farewell to her husband and thanked the warden for his kindness to her in her last hours.

Even as she was uttering her final good-byes, the attendants were already attaching the tubes to her wrists and buckling her. "When she was finished, Ms. Tucker closed her eyes, licked her lips and appeared to say a silent prayer," Graczyk noted. "She coughed twice, groaned softly and went silent as the drugs took effect."

Karla Faye busted loose.

 

One of the last photos of Karla Faye Tucker (Ron Kuntz)
One of the last photos of Karla 
Faye Tucker (Ron Kuntz)
 
 

For more interviews from Karla Faye Tucker: Forevermore follow the links on YouTube

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Susan
June 01, 2011
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I am in awe. I watched the movie Forevermore and have read and watched several interviews about Karla. I even remember vaguely seeing her picture in the newspaper in Sweden after shortly moving there to be a missionary and thinking how could this person be guilty. I think if the world obeyed God and Justice had been done Karla would be alive. God does grant Mercy with regards murder as long as one repents to God and man. I believe in a God led world there would be Capital Punishment as he cannot allow evil. His word is actuall very clear. But Karla was choosen. Her whole story gives God glory and turns what Satan meant for evil to His almighty goodness. She gives us a realisation that it is possible to gain the pure peace through a strong, biblical relationship with GOD through Christ. The peace that surpasses all understanding. She could show such dignity for Christ in her last words and death. It makes you realise that this world is not the end. Karla is the kind of person I would love to talk to and get to know. We would have been good friends.

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Cynthia Lee
June 04, 2011
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I watched the movie for the very first time. This is truly a testimony of a forgiving and loving God. This movie is truly anointed. Even though Karla Faye Tucker has gone on and is with the Lord, her testimony will continue on. I pray that many more lives are saved and that those that had no hope now know that God forgives and love the.

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Jennifer
September 10, 2011
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Let us not forget the victims, getting saved does not excuse murder. The victims are crying out from their graves for justice. I believe justice was served. I pray her victims get as much attention and compassion as she does. God has not forgotten them, may they rest in peace.

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jain
February 03, 2012
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i can understand that karla has found god, but what about deborah and dean.....? i'm sure that they would want to be here alive with us. i believe that she got what she deserved, and in a nicer way, she should of been put to death the same way she killed deborah.

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anonymous
March 18, 2012
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why hold hate in your heart. What about all the child abusers and molesters that are free to roam around. lets not forget all the crackheads that never repent. where is the justice in that?
All sin is sin in God's eyes. the positive part of the movie is that we all should have a deeper relationship with Christ regardless of our circumstance. We hold King David in high regard and he murdered someone to get their wife. When he repented, God forgave him but he still faced consequences. yet he was called a man after God's own heart. Karla Faye's testimony should draw people closer to God

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believe in myself
June 23, 2012
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Karla reflected life back on to herself and with that she realized that there is a greater life out there somewhere.
The movie was very moving and did seem to have a higher power that projected faith and real love. It really made me think about life as it is on this miserable Earth. There is hope after all!!!

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dion
September 08, 2012
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i love the movie and know god had save her

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Julia Kane
September 09, 2012
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The story of Karla is heart rendering for both Christians and the 'yet to be saved'. When I was younger and foolish I really believed in the death penaly. The last woman executed in my country (the UK) was in the 50's, before I was born. It was abolished shortly afterwards.
I reall wanted it brought back into law in January 1975 after me friend was found dead and hung in a drain shaft in the Midlands of England. This was the result of a kidnap gone wrong. The kidnapper and murderer was evetually captured and convicted. He spent the next 36 years incarcerated in jail but he was also incarcerated in his body as in the last years of his life he suffered from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease).
As I have grown older and hopefully a little wiser I realize that regardless of whether this man who was filled with sin and evil at the time of his crime had been executed I know tha my friend would not have come back to us. Did this man change with age and God's grace too I wonder? I pray that the death penalty will be a thing of the past one day and we can become as civilised as God created us to be.

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Del
May 24, 2013
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I am sure Mr. Bush is pleased with his decision, he got himself elected as President, to bad he put what was right below his desire to get elected as President.

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Daniel Gayler
September 07, 2013
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I was harkened to Karla's pending execution in late 1997 , I have followed this right up to now.
Prayers are offered every Year for Karla , and at times I feel very emotional and teary eyed about her ( last when I saw her body on the prison death bed ).
Karla has inspired me to Love Jesus, More & more every day .
I hope one day I will be able to visit her burial site to pray for her, or One day i May be granted to Honour of meeting her .
Until then , Karla, RIP & "GOD BLESS", You for all Eternity , Amen !

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Brenda
November 10, 2013
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What irritates me is every time I read about her story and watch video's all the commentary from those with true hate in there souls. Yes Karla Fay admitted she committed a horrible crime and never asked to be let out but the pain and suffering and hate she lived by she was able to release and that is one major reason she was so noticed. I definitely can't say the same for a lot of those out there that spew off the evil hatred they hold in there hearts. If I had a choice of hanging around Karla or hanging around all of those that talk she got what she deserved so on I would chose Karla. Untill you can let that hatred go your no different then the way she was back when she committed the crimes, the only difference is it came out in her, with all of you its a simmering bomb seething in side you.

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Rena
March 14, 2014
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Who is thinking of the victims and their families?! I start feeling sick to my stomach when I have to read stupid comments like the movie or Karla was anointed! Nothing against wolves (the animals) per se, but Karla was a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'! How can people fall for such evilness in disguise! Wake up! See how slick and smiley satan is! Karla remained pure evil even after she supposedly turned to Him! Give me a break! Think of the victims and their grieving families and give them the credit for having strength and having to go through such pain, agony, suffering, and sorrow! They are the true Christians, not Karla, the demon in disguise!

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SLIM
April 20, 2014
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Everyone has to die one day and family and relatives will aways be in agony, grief and suffering in one way or that other. I an not so much into what Karla did nor was Karla excited about after. But my dear Rena, for how long are you going to continue to be embittered. Each and everone of us in one way or the other has hurt someone and I know you are not exceptional. But sin or offence is first committed against God before it is to man. So if God forgives the criminal, there's no need for us to continue to shred ourselves.

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SLIM
April 20, 2014
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Everyone has to die one day and families and relatives will always be in agony, grief and suffering in one way or the other. I an not so much into what Karla did nor was Karla excited about after. But my dear Rena, for how long are you going to continue to be embittered. Each and everone of us in one way or the other has hurt someone and I know you are not exceptional. But sin or offence is first committed against God before it is to man. So if God forgives the criminal, there's no need for us to continue to shred ourselves.

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SLIM
April 20, 2014
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Everyone has to die one day and families and relatives will always be in agony, grief and suffering in one way or the other. I an not so much into what Karla did nor was Karla excited about after. But my dear Rena, for how long are you going to continue to be embittered. Each and everone of us in one way or the other has hurt someone and I know you are not exceptional. But sin or offence is first committed against God before it is to man. So if God forgives the criminal, there's no need for us to continue to shred ourselves.

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Brandi
August 20, 2014
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I've done extensive research when it comes 2 this particular case & quite honestly I believe that the majority of negative comments posted on here stem from 1 thing & 1 thing ONLY. That being JEALOUSY. Karla was a gorgeously beautiful and petite brunette woman with the naturally curly hair that made her more stunning than she was naturally. & she didn't need make-up. It was clear that she born with natural beauty on the inside & out. It's just a shame it had 2 happen in this brutal manner 4 her REAL heart 2 be discovered. However this no excuse, just an opinion.

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Brandi
August 20, 2014
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I've done extensive research when it comes 2 this particular case & quite honestly I believe that the majority of negative comments posted on here stem from 1 thing & 1 thing ONLY, JEALOUSY!! Karla was a gorgeously beautiful & petite brunette woman with the type of naturally curly hair that's extremely attractive, not frizzy & unattractive. But it made her look more stunning than she was naturally. & she didn't need make-up. It was clear that she was born with natural beauty on the inside & out. It's just a shame it had 2 happen in this brutal manner 4 her REAL heart 2 be discovered. However this no excuse, just an opinion.

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Lynn
January 10, 2015
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Karla raised an old friend of mine who was a daughter of a Hell's Angels member. He had taken her away and been hiding her from her mother.. So he dumped her off with Karla for years.. I knew about this long before Karla was put to death.. In fact, I haven't talked about it in forever.. Tonight Investigation Discovery showed a story on Karla.. It's very interesting to hear about this story from a different point of view.. J, if you ever see this, know that I think of you often & I hope your doing well! ?

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TrooperMike
February 09, 2015
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This is so sad that life has people that do nothing to make a difference. The people she was left to associate with were bad. The man she killed while on drugs supposedly ripped her off, the woman she killed in older days would have been stoned to death with him. Drugs is an evil that has ruined this country. Apostle Paul did far worse as Saul and turned his life to good. Karla was on her way to correcting her wrongs. Everyone has it in them to change and even backslide but she was given no chance. Looking back at all the deaths surrounding the drug dealers from both Bush administrations involving the CIA her life was like a pawn positioned by those of power from the Pentagon to the mansions of our heads of state, the nation and other leaders.

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TrooperMike
February 09, 2015
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This is so sad that life has people that do nothing to make a difference. The people she was left to associate with were bad. The man she killed while on drugs supposedly ripped her off, the woman she killed in older days would have been stoned to death with him. Drugs is an evil that has ruined this country. Apostle Paul did far worse as Saul and turned his life to good. Karla was on her way to correcting her wrongs. Everyone has it in them to change and even backslide but she was given no chance. Looking back at all the deaths surrounding the drug dealers from both Bush administrations involving the CIA her life was like a pawn positioned by those of power from the Pentagon to the mansions of our heads of state, the nation and other leaders.

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Dave M
February 27, 2015
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I remember learning about Karla around the time she was executed. I believe that if Karla had been allowed to live she would have lived a good, productive life as a believer. I love this country and the state of Texas but think it's sad that we can't enact more laws that acknowledge the existence of faith and how it can turn lives around. 1 Corinthians mentions how governments are anointed, God-given gifts so perhaps that can happen. Karla's in a better place now; perhaps this country can become one too.

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Bob
April 12, 2015
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I was a strong supporter of the death penalty up until Karla Faye Tucker. George Bush executed her simply because he wanted to be re-elected governor. He would've looked better if he would've just commuted her sentence to life in prison without parole. That would've made everyone happy. She could've continued to preach from prison and justice would've been served. Are we a better society when we systematically kill the worst of our citizens in a cold and calculating manner? I'm not so sure we're any better than the criminals. If we want the death penalty to be a detourant, then let's show the executions on TV. That way all of us can see our law being carried out. it's terrible that executions are done in private. Show them publicly or abolish the death penalty alt

ogether.

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