Formerly lusting for an execution, Aba Gayle spent 8 years after her daughter's death consumed by her desire for revenge - attending the sentencing of Douglas Mickey as he received the death penalty for the killing, and asking for a seat at his impending execution.
After many long and painful years, Aba Gayle came to believe that capital punishment was not going to bring her peace. Instead, in an attempt to heal, she did the unexpected: she wrote her daughter's killer a letter expressing her forgiveness. "The instant the letter was in the mailbox," she says, "all the anger, all the rage, all the lust for revenge…it disappeared."
The Closure Myth tells a powerful story of forgiveness and articulates an often overlooked perspective in the death penalty debate.