Douglas Christopher Thomas - scheduled for execution on 10 January 2000 - Virginia

To tell you the truth I don't know what to do. I'm really starting to get scared. I'm too damn young to die...” Chris Thomas, letter from death row, Virginia, 1992.

Chris Thomas, who has lived under an official death threat his whole adult life, was five hours from execution on 16 June 1999 when the Virginia Supreme Court granted him a reprieve. See footnote 12 He was “tearful” and “very joyous” when his lawyers told him the news, and immediately rang his parents (with whom he has reconciled over recent years) to tell them. An hour earlier he had said his final goodbyes to them. He is now facing execution again.

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