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About Brantley Hargrove

Brantley Hargrove writes investigative stories and long-form narratives for the Nashville Scene in Nashville, Tenn.

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  1. Tom Matlack says:

    Brantley this is a courageous piece of writing. I admire you greatly for just witnessing what you did. Writing about it with such force and detail is equally impressive. Thank you.

  2. I think more people should be made to read articles like this one. The truth is that killing cannot be condoned. It diminishes everyone involved. In the article, though,, you have helped to make this particular death meaningful.

  3. David Wise says:

    That’s a great story. It sort of writes itself. He’s right. He will see them on the other side. God rest his soul and give peace and comfort to his victims.

  4. Roger Durham says:

    Brantley, as one how has studied the issue of capital punishment from an ethical perspective, I have not encountered a more powerful and poignant description of its impact on survivors. Thank you for standingo n that side of the glass and recording what you saw.

  5. Good story

  6. Powerful piece. Although I’m not sure what exactly I’m feeling.

    For starters I’m a journalist. And like most journalists, I assume you possess the ability to temporarily shut down. To go to a place where you’re an emotionless observer. You have to if you want to do this job and do it right. I’ve seen dead bodies, horrific accidents and I routinely knock on the doors of family members who have lost a loved one just hours — sometimes minutes — earlier. But it’s part of the job, and an important one at that. Most of us go home and cry ourselves to sleep or vent in whatever way we see fit when we go home, but never during the story. So while I sympathize with the murderer’s family, I chalk that up to simply not understanding what your role is.

    As for the rest of it, it’s jarring. No two ways about it. Whether you’re for or against the death penalty, I think any time one man (or in this case a government) kills another it’s stunning. I don’t know what I would have done or felt in that situation. And I certainly would’ve questioned my very presence there. But in the end I think you perform a necessary service simply with the storytelling. Truth is important. Accuracy is essential. And if the death penalty is going to condoned and utilized in society, then people have an obligation to know exactly what happens in that room. Hell, I think all potential jurors should read something like this. Not as a scare tactic or a tool for the anti death penalty contingent, but because it’s raw and true.

    Thanks for doing this, I know it couldn’t have been easy.

  7. Orianna says:

    This was a harding working man and he could have lived his life decently but again we see how the Goverment is involved in beating honest hearted people down. I am sure he is not the only farmer this happened too. He got in with the wrong type of people and self medicated to his own destruction. We all reap what we sow in the end. I still believe in the death penalty for proven, without a doubt murderers, especially child killers.

  8. Gavin Saunders says:

    Something very wrong in the USA…

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