Archive for June, 2012


Posted by on June 25th, 2012

Tomorrow is the release of Nancy’s book of which I am a part.  I am both excited and fearsome as we really have no idea how this work will be received.  I am sure there are those who disagree with the content of the book, who feel more than one side should have been represented, and while I tend to agree there are other sides of this story which need to be told, this book is only the beginning.  You have to start somewhere and to try and publish two, three, maybe even four other sides revolving around Life After Murder, would not only be overwhelming for any author, but cost, time and print restrictions make such a task prohibitive at one sitting.

Let’s talk.  Well, I hope to see you tomorrow and I pray the book finds itself  in the hands of anyone and everyone looking to understand more about the people who have committed serious crimes and what happens after they are released.

Our beginning

Posted by on June 17th, 2012

I am so proud of Nancy Mullane for her dedication and her integrity, and the other four men featured in this book for having the courage to stand and be counted.

I am proud to be a part of this important work and look forward to the many challenges yet to come. Change is rarely an easy task but one must start somewhere…this is our beginning.

Hope to see you at the National Book Release in SF and will be happy to talk to all.

Welcome to Life After Murder

Posted by Nancy Mullane on June 12th, 2012

Today Life After Murder celebrates its first day as a website!  It’s been a long, challenging, five-year journey getting to this moment and now with my book, Life After Murder: Five Men In Search of Redemption just weeks from its national launch on June 26th, I’m thrilled to share with you the reviews and book events being planned.

One very early, even pre-publication event took place last Friday night at the home of my good friend, Margit Wennmachers. To honor the first edition hardcovers rolling off the press, she invited friends and family to be there when the UPS truck arrived with boxes filled with the first editions. Standing together around a low coffee table piled high with the books covered in the signature pale blue jackets, we listened as each of the five men spoke about what the release of this book means to them.  It was a powerful, emotional gathering and one many in the room will never forget.

Together we witnessed a beginning.


Life After Murder challenges us to do the unthinkable in the era of mass incarceration – view those accused of heinous crimes as worthy of our care, compassion and concern. Nancy Mullane, a white woman who once was just as ignorant about the real world of crime and punishment as the typical television viewer, takes us on a remarkable journey behind bars and introduces us to five unforgettable men who are struggling to transform their lives. Through their stories we are reminded of the power and possibility of redemption, as well the nearly unforgiveable crime our nation has committed: treating some human beings as disposable.



“Life After Murder is a gripping behind the scenes look at men who have committed heinous crimes yet still challenge our humanity by asking us to truly consider the meaning of redemption. This is journalism at its finest and a must-read for anyone interested in the realities of our prison system.”

–TOM AMMIANO, California Assembly Member


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