The news has broken that Brisbane born Scott Rush of Bali 9 (drug smuggling) infamy has escaped the firing squad and will instead serve life in prison.

I was very relieved on hearing this and wrote a poem ‘Death Penalty’ for the occasion. My poem has been published today over at Poetry24 (‘where news is the muse’).

Follow this link to read the poem at Poetry24.

It was by strange coincidence that I had just finished reading the non-fiction novel ‘In Cold Blood‘ by Truman Capote, when I heard the news about Rush.

What a book!

It’s going to take me a while to recover from reading about the ruthless slaughter of four members of the Clutter family in 1959 by Richard ‘Dick’ Hickock and Perry Smith.

Both men were executed by hanging for their crimes in the Kansas State Penitentiary.