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Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


I have never doubted the ingenuity of human beings and it's always seemed a fairly accurate maxim that "necessity is the mother of invention".  At this week’s visit with Rodney, I learned just how true this saying is and how ingenious we human beings can be.  

The horrors stories about the food served TX death row inmates abound: mystery meats, extra protein in the form of various insects, mold, fungus, hair (human and not), unidentifiable substances, dirt, rat feces, and probably many more I haven't heard about.   


Kindness, Shakedowns and A/V Monitoring

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


Each death row visit is monitored in a couple of ways.  We sit in a cubicle with thick glass between us and have to speak over a telephone that's monitored.  And, of course, there are cameras and guards around monitoring us as well.

It's hard to believe that the audio and visual monitoring of all death row visits could have an upside, yet Rodney and I have reached the conclusion that it just might!  


Nicknames

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


Shortly after Rodney and I began writing to each other, we both dubbed each other with nicknames.  Mine is Wildflower. After the 100 or so photos of wild flowers, wild places, wild animals I had sent Rodney, it was a delight when he asked if he could call me Wildflower.  


LOL on Death Row

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams


I just got home from visiting Rodney. After three months of visiting him, I am more and more struck by his amazing capacity for laughter and presence.  


Happy Birthday, Soul Man

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams

"Christmas" Birthday Syndrome is not cited in the DSM IV (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), but experienced by all the children I knew growing up who had a birthday on or around Christmas.  


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