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Everyone has their own story…in this podcast they Tell It. This month: My Death Row Pen Pal

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Everyone has their own story…in this podcast they Tell It. This month: My Death Row Pen Pal

    My Death Row Pen Pal: Bonus Episode 2

    My Death Row Pen Pal: Bonus Episode 2

    Rebekah speaks to the series producer of the podcast, Ben, about how he has found the experience of travelling to Texas to meet her pen-pal Charles.

    In their first open and honest conversation since returning to the UK, they discuss how the process of recording Rebekah's story has changed their views on the Death Penalty, those who reach out to those in prison, and each other.

    • 10 min
    My Death Row Pen Pal: Bonus Episode 1

    My Death Row Pen Pal: Bonus Episode 1

    Rebekah finds out more about those final moments for Death Row inmates.

    After visiting Charles, she speaks to Michelle Lyons, a former journalist and spokesperson from The Department of Criminal Justice. They talk about the dark reality of what happens to inmates after they are given an execution date, and how her views on the Death Penalty have changed over the years.

    Their meeting point for this conversation? A nearby graveyard where former inmates are buried...

    • 8 min
    My Death Row Pen Pal: 3. Meeting Charles

    My Death Row Pen Pal: 3. Meeting Charles

    Rebekah wakes up in Livingston, Texas, on the day she is due to meet her Death Row pen-pal Charles. She is nervous about what the day holds for her and worries that others might feel her decision to visit is unfair on the families of those impacted by Charles’ crime.

    After speaking to locals in the town, she makes the journey to the Polunsky Unit to meet Charles for the first time in person. After a year of sending letters back and forth across the Atlantic, will the person she has pictured in her mind be the man she meets? “Was he the soft-centred gentleman that I’ve enjoyed getting to know for a year, or was he the dangerous, dishonest criminal that I’d been warned of?”

    My Death Row Pen Pal is a three-part series, with additional special bonus material via BBC Sounds.

    • 28 min
    My Death Row Pen Pal: 2. One Step Closer to Texas

    My Death Row Pen Pal: 2. One Step Closer to Texas

    Rebekah feels the pressure to make a decision on whether she should visit her pen pal Charles on Death Row in Texas.

    To help her come to a decision, she speaks to Robert Dunham from the Death Penalty Information Centre, her two best friends, and someone who wrote to a Death Row inmate fifteen years ago, and attended his eventual execution...

    My Death Row Pen Pal is a three-part series, with additional special bonus material via BBC Sounds.

    • 28 min
    My Death Row Pen Pal: 1. Searching for Convicts

    My Death Row Pen Pal: 1. Searching for Convicts

    Rebekah writes to an inmate on Death Row. This is her story.

    In this episode, Rebekah shares her letter-writing journey; from sending letters to her family, to exchanging postcards with strangers, to her recent decision to reach out to a convict on Death Row - Charles Thompson.

    We find out why Rebekah feels the urge to connect with a criminal 4000 miles away, how she decided who to write to, and what it was like to receive those first letters back from her new pen-pal. We also hear what those closest to Rebekah think about her unusual hobby.

    My Death Row Pen Pal is a three-part series, with additional special bonus material via BBC Sounds.

    • 21 min
    The Murder of Joy Morgan: Episode 6

    The Murder of Joy Morgan: Episode 6

    Joy’s body is found hidden in woodland in Stevenage - ten months after she was last seen alive.

    In this episode we hear how Joy’s mum Carol and her sister Dionne are coping a year on from when she was reported missing. We find out how they felt when her body was found and hear how they see their future without Joy.

    Presented by Cherry Wilson, The Murder of Joy Morgan is a six-part series that follows Joy Morgan’s family for months as they try to make sense of what’s happened. And it delves into Joy’s involvement in a controversial church - where she met her killer.

    Produced by Cherry Wilson and Duncan Middleton. It is a BBC Newsbeat production for BBC Radio 1

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

Wayme1 ,

Doesn’t live up to it’s potential

Cherry’s calling is not podcast narration or investigative journalism. The narration really takes me out of the story as it’s so bad. Shame really.

Saunders256 ,

Informative and touching

Thank you for sharing, my heart is with your families & that of Seni, may you always be near those who love and care for you x

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