The Astrologer's Song: Norman Mailer and Gary Gilmore Under the Utah Sky

A few weeks ago I spent a morning at the Norman Mailer archives at the University of Texas looking through the research materials for The Executioner's Song, Mailer's 1979 account of the life and death of Utah murderer Gary Gilmore. Around me, students in white gloves turned the pages of leather-bound books so… » 2/25/15 11:59am 2/25/15 11:59am

Rick Perry Hates Cervical Cancer

There was lots of punching up at Rick Perry at last night's Republican debate, the first time the candidates had a chance to confront him. And they were all pretty peeved about his executive order to have girls vaccinated against HPV. » 9/08/11 11:15am 9/08/11 11:15am

Illinois Reacts To Death Penalty Abolition

Yesterday Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation abolishing the death penalty in his state. Now the families of victims are angry — and Republicans vow to reinstate executions. » 3/10/11 9:45am 3/10/11 9:45am

Is Teresa Lewis's Execution A Gender Issue?

The Supreme Court has rejected Virginia death-row inmate Teresa Lewis's bid for a stay of execution, but Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg voted in favor of the stay. So is this a gender issue? » 9/22/10 2:57pm 9/22/10 2:57pm

Is Virginia's Death-Row Woman Our Sakineh Ashtiani?

For the first time in a hundred years, a woman is on death row in Virginia. Now Iran is calling the US hypocritical for its objection to the execution of Sakineh Ashtiani. Are they right? » 9/21/10 9:30am 9/21/10 9:30am

3 Reasons Why "Erotic Capital" Is Bullshit

Catherine Hakim argues that "erotic capital" — a "combination of physical and social attractiveness" — is more important for women than a college degree. Arguments for women's "soft" (read: sexual) power aren't new — but here's why they suck. » 3/26/10 1:40pm 3/26/10 1:40pm

Does Phillip Garrido Deserve To Die?

As the news of Phillip Garrido's twisted crimes continues to unfold, I'm seeing a lot of people — including Jez commenters and Katherine Callaway Hall, whom Garrido abducted and raped in 1976 — wishing he could be put to death. » 9/02/09 5:20pm 9/02/09 5:20pm

The GOP Can't Save Itself, And We Won't Help

Moe is on the (supposedly) WiFi-enabled bus from Virginia, taking in the greatness of America (or at least that section between D.C. and New York City) while I'm stuck in upstate New York, so it's another episode of reverse-polarity Crappy Hour! We talk oil, what the GOP is doing wrong, what is wrong about what the… » 6/30/08 10:00am 6/30/08 10:00am

Patrick Kennedy is a bad man. He was convicted in 2003 of the brutal rape of his 8-year-old stepdaughter in 1998 — a rape so brutal that it required the services of a cleaning company to remove the blood from the carpets and extensive surgery to repair the little girl's internal injuries. For his crime, the state of… » 6/25/08 11:20am 6/25/08 11:20am

A Saudi Arabian woman has been sentenced to 200 lashes for being gang raped by six men; this was her sentence after a retrial! The original trial had sentenced her to 90 lashes, but her own lawyer found that punishment too lenient, since she could have been given the death penalty according to Saudi law. The woman… » 11/15/07 1:45pm 11/15/07 1:45pm