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Would anyone voluntarily sit in a room with a total stranger if the only thing they knew about him was that he had just brutally kidnapped raped and killed 2 teens Think of how Sister Helen Prejean might have felt in her book Dead Man Walking When Sister Helen Prejean decided to go to St Thomas to help the poor she was setting off on a journey that would change her life forever Sister Helen will go through ridicule taunting and sneers trying to save a death-row inmate Patrick Elmo Sonnier from the electric chair only to have to witness his execution prompting her to fall into an abyss from which she emerges and devotes her life to abolishing the death penalty The first step in Sister Helens journey is when Sister Helen steps through the threshold and first goes to meet Patrick Sonnier One day in January of 1982 Chava Colon a person from the Prison Coalition asks Sister Helen to become a pen pal to a death-row inmate not knowing whats in store for her Sister Helen agrees Soon after she finds out the crime Elmo Patrick Sonnier and his brother Eddie have committed and wonder if shell be able to face such a man After writing for a while and a couple visits Sister Helen gets attached to Patrick and starts trying to help him with his appeals in court During this time the victims families the LeBlancs and the Bourques are dumbfounded to hear that there is a nun trying to protect a murderer from the death sentence the man that killed their kids However the truth is that all Sister Helen wanted everyone to know was
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