Before his execution this past week, David Neal Cox had two messages he wanted to deliver, his attorneys said.
One, that he loved his children, even though he was responsible for brutally killing their mother. Second, that the inhumane conditions he endured at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman made it easy for him to stop fighting his execution.
However one feels about the death penalty, or about whether this particular murderer’s crimes deserved the ultimate punishment, as a society we should not be comfortable with a penal institution that makes death seem preferable to living there.
Tim Kalich is editor and publisher of The Greenwood Commonwealth.