The Kenneth Williams Saga, Part 7

The Roper Report

by Philip Holthoff

This time, Williams did not get a stay of execution nor was he granted clemency. The Department of Corrections called us a few days before his execution and instructed us as to when and where to meet. Nobody who had been approved to witness the execution was allowed to drive their own vehicle directly to the prison in order to watch the execution.  Instead they had us assemble at the administrative offices of the D  of C which was located about 30 miles north of the prison.

As soon as we arrived our IDs were checked and we were told to leave all phones and watches in our vehicles. We were then gathered into a large conference type room and seated at a large table while the D of C prepared our supper. After we were finished eating, an “Emotional Psychologist” explained how the execution would go…

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