An excellent read, thank you Clare, a real insight not just to life on Death Row, but in this instance the horror of trying to execute Romell for several hours then giving up, given that he maintains his innocence, he should not be put to death, did God intervene to save his life? An excellent real life story, compelling reading.
I've just finished reading Romell's story and it was riveting. It gives a good insight into his childhood and throughout his teenage years into adulthood, which at times is very graphic with a lot of detail. However, by the end of the book you cannot help but be enthralled by his story. The insight too into life in the prisons of Ohio was excellent. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the abolition of the Death Penalty too.
I've just finished reading my copy of Romell Broom's "Survivor on Death Row", which is horrific and inspiring in equal measure.
On the one hand, there is no "rise and fall" story here, more of an inexorable descent into Hell on Earth: his young life begins mired in vice and criminality, he becomes a teenage hoodlum and he ends up in prison on Death Row. From October 1985, he is kept on ice in the system for almost twenty-five years until, on 15 September 2009, his time having run out, he is taken into the execution chamber in Lucasville, Ohio, to be put to death by lethal injection.
On the other hand, his survival in the very maw of the U.S. judicial system and his determination to rebuild his life behind bars into a more positive form is a truly remarkable story.
More than anything, it reminds you never to give up hope and never to write off the possibility of change.
A very impressive and moving read, before you set out to judge another read Romells' story, a story shared by many. A narrative of poverty, lack of life chances, a story of survival, misplaced and misunderstood emotions and society, our society. The outcome for Romell could be death.
I have researched many wrongful convictions cases over the years because my family has experienced the wrong doing of the child protective services system and family court, these wrong doings lead to a wrongful conviction in my family. I decided I would take the time to purchase this book and see how ANOTHER case of wrongful conviction can happen time and time again. It interested me even more to know the prisoner wrote most of the story. I wanted to have a better understanding how a man like Mr. Broom found himself on Death Row and survived the lethal injection given to him, and what is the reason behind being able to write and tell his story. IF there is ever a more compelling story of a man STILL over coming many obstacles in his life it is Romell Broom. By the end of this book I had tears running down my cheeks for everyone person Romell spoke of while telling his story. Damien Echols wrote a book called "Life after Death", Damien spoke of his childhood and what lead him to his wrongful conviction and then is now FREE but Romell is truly the man who is STILL surviving the "Life after Death"
Clare Nonhebel is an amazing human being for all she has done for him in helping him tell his story. I became a believer in the power of "everything happens for a reason" and Clare being put in Romell's life is no coincidence. I hope and pray for a better ending to this book. May Romell Broom live to tell the rest of the story!