Guest Post from Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
On May 21st, Missouri is scheduled to have the first execution since Clayton Lockett’s horrifying botched execution in April.
Like Lockett, Russell Bucklew’s execution is shrouded in secrecy. Missouri is concealing its intended drug supplier and will not provide information on whether drugs have been tested for purity in advance of executions. While the rest of the nation is moving away from the death penalty because of concerns about innocence, cost and cruelty, Missouri is on pace for a record number of executions this year.
Bucklew has a vascular condition called cavernous hemangioma, which medical experts warn greatly increases the risk of a painful botched execution in this instance. The state’s refusal to address Bucklew’s vascular condition and the risks it brings is indicative of the state’s single-minded pursuit of executions.
JOIN US: We’re gathering in nine cities around the state of Missouri to remember victims of violence and urge the state to not commit another act of violence in their names. The vigil locations are:
Bonne Terre: 11pm on Tuesday, May 20 until after the execution at midnight. A candlelight vigil will be held outside the prison where the execution takes place, 2727 Highway K. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Margaret on 314-322-5159.
Columbia: Tuesday, May 20, 5pm to 6, Boone County Courthouse, in front of the columns, corner of Walnut and 8th. For more information, contact 573-449-4585.
Jefferson City, Capitol vigil: Tuesday, May 20, 12 noon. A respectful Vigil for Life outside of the Governors office in the state Capitol. Room 216 on the second floor of the state capitol.
Jefferson City: Tuesday, May 20, Prayer service, 4pm, St. Peter's Chapel on Broadway St. Vigil across from the Supreme Court Building at 207 West High Street, 4:30-5:30. For more information, contact 573-301-3529.
Joplin: Tuesday, May 20, St. Peter the Apostle Church, Mass begins at 6 followed by continued prayer regarding the execution from 6.30pm to 7pm. Contact Fr J. Friedel for more information, at 417-623-8643.
Kansas City: Tuesday, May 20, JC Nichols Fountain on the Plaza, 5pm-6pm (note the new time). For more info contact 816-206-8692.
Springfield: Tuesday, May 20, Park Central Square, 12 noon to 1 pm. For more information call Donna, 417-459-2960.
St. Joseph: Tuesday, May 20, at 4:30pm at the intersection of Belt & Frederick. Contact Jean at 816-671-9281 for more info.
St. Louis: Tuesday, May 20, Vigil from 8pm to 9 on the steps of St. Francis Xavier Church at the corner of Grand and Lindell. A group will carpool from there to Bonne Terre to hold vigil outside the prison until after the execution is completed. For more information email email@example.com, or call Margaret on 314-322-5159.
St. Peters: Tuesday, May 20, 8:30pm vigil at All Saints Parish. 7 McMenamy Drive, St. Peters, MO. For more information contact John, 636-397-1440 x227.
Bucklew was convicted for the 1999 murder of Michael Sanders, who had recently begun living with Bucklew’s ex-girlfriend. MADP laments the death of Mr. Sanders and will be remembering him in vigils around the state.