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Witnessing an Execution

This is an unusual story about a woman who witnesses an execution -- that of her brother, who killed his three year old daughter. About the unlikely author:

Gina Farthing, 44, has been the features editor at The News Virginian since September 2004. She was a Navy brat born in Morocco, was raised on Long Island, N.Y., and now lives in Waynesboro. She has worked at the Danville Register & Bee and Reidsville (N.C.) Review/Eden Daily News. She is married to Jim Farthing, a corrections officer, and has two grown children.

It's a long series, beginning here, but one well worth reading. Her brother pleaded guilty to the crime and waived appeals of his death sentence. Ms. Farthing says of her reasons for writing the article:

It is a story that needed to be told; people needed to know there was more to it than what was in the news reports. They needed to know about the forgotten victims - all the families of the people who commit these type of crimes. These families often bear a greater punishment than the guilty. I hope through this story to give them validation for their unconditional love in the face of overwhelming adversity.

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