Karla Faye Tucker was sentenced to death in Texas back in 1984 for the murder of Jerry Lynn Dean and Deborah Thornton. On June 13, 1983, Tucker, Daniel Garrett and another friend, James Leibrant, went to Jerry Dean’s apartment, high on a cocktail of drugs. They had planned to steal parts of Dean’s motorcycle. During the search of his motorcycle, Tucker and Garrett found Dean lying asleep in his bed. Tucker confronted Dean and sat on him, whereupon Dean responded with grabbing Tucker by her arms to protect himself. Garrett intervened and beat Dean with a hammer he had found in his apartment. Garrett left the room after the attack, carrying around the motorcycle parts. Following this, Tucker killed Dean with an pickaxe after he began to make gurgling sounds. Tucker then discovered Deborah Thornton, who had hidden under sheets in a corner. Thornton had met Dean at a party and decided to go with him to his apartment. When Garrett came back, both him and Tucker killed Thornton. Tucker attacked her with the pickaxe and embedded it in her chest. Garrett later disposed of the car with accomplice Leibrent. In September 1983, Tucker and Garrett were tried separately for the murders. While being jailed, Tucker converted to Christianity. She recalled the moment she read the Bible as life changing. One year later in the latter part of 1984, Karla Faye Tucker and Daniel Garrett were sentenced to death. Garrett died in prison of liver disease in 1993. Tucker became a model prisoner and felt genuine remorse for the criminal acts she had committed. She helped those in need and gained many supporters after her conversion to Christianity, some of them even advocating the commutation of her death sentence to life imprisonment. However, she was nonetheless executed on February 3, 1998. Her execution remains one of the most controversial in the United States.

Above you can see a photo of Tucker with anti-death penalty activist Helen Prejean.

If we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well. And I end by challenging people to ask themselves whether we can continue to allow the government, subject as it is to every imaginable form of inefficiency and corruption, to have such power to kill.
—  Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ
  • Iconic Nuns

Lindsay Lohan as (Sister) April - Machete (2010)

Whoopi Goldberg as Sister Mary Clarence - Sister Act (1992)

Julie Andrews as Fräulein Maria - The Sound of Music (1965)

Meryl Streep as Sister Aloysius Beauvier- Doubt (2008)

Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen Prejean- Dead Man Walking (1995)

Mary Tyler Moore as Sister Michelle - Change of Habit (1969)


I had an unusually honest conversation with Breitbart columnist Sylvia Longmire on Twitter last night. If you start at the top and work your down through the tweets, you’ll see what I mean. Longmire recognizes that her position on the death penalty runs completely against pretty much everything else she believes and that she holds that position based on no facts at all.

This is what support for the death penalty in America looks like; as Sister Helen Prejean always says, it’s a mile wide and about an inch deep.