The Execution of an Evil Man

The Execution of an Evil Man January 10, 2017
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Tarrant County Jail

 

A few years ago, I began to write Texas death row inmate Christopher Wilkins. From the beginning, I could tell that Wilkins was very calculated disturbed person. In the midst of such danger, I still made the decision to serve Wilkins as a spiritual guide. After writing for some time, Wilkins invited me to visit him on death row. I will never forget those first few moments. The metal door swung open. Wilkins had his head down as the guards took off the handcuffs. After Wilkins reached his seat, his head popped up. As I squirmed in my chair, Wilkins looked straight at me without blinking. Time seemed to stop.  After Wilkins grabbed the phone, we began to talk. Over the course of the visit, Wilkins described his crimes in an emotionless fashion. With every sentence, it became increasingly clear that Wilkins had committed many more murders than he was convicted of. I had never encountered such evil. Trying to bring some level of some level of spirituality to the conversation, I mentioned that forgiveness was possible. Wilkins declared that he didn’t need it. By the time the door swung back open. I was ready to go. When I returned home, my wife showed me a disturbing piece of mail that had arrived in the mail earlier that morning. It was an inappropriate letter to my wife from Wilkins. I was shocked. Though, I shouldn’t have been. Wilkins sought to make sure that the letter arrived while I was visiting him. Needless to say, our relationship soured from there. The more I learned about Wilkins, the more I realized how limitless evil can be. In the coming hours, the State of Texas will try to execute Christopher Wilkins. If we kill him, we will be just like him.

 

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  • The picture above of the man with the sad hurt in his eyes and the story are compelling! There is a line from Bob Dylan song

    Yonder stands your orphan with his gun
    Crying like a fire in the sun
    Look out the saints are comin’ through
    And it’s all over now, baby blue

    Those who have been hurt so badly and abused can only bite the hand that feeds them. The man was in a situation where he had no power to hurt and harm anyone anymore which is the way, horrible!!, he had to be in order to feel empowered and normal about himself, in my humble opinion, accept you we’re at hand. one last victim to inflict harm and feel powerful again. It’s a scripted play that people who have been severely traumatized act out. I reckon he figured out a way to make you feel his pain!! But for the grace of God there go I. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7f32e770ba6de7f15ee17c1d800df923b0e0f840056584243d303beb343ae747.jpg

    • Kathy Brown

      Charles, this may well be so, very insightful of you. I thought you might like to read this piece written by Christopher (aka Cujo) himself. He did indeed bite back. And his experience growing up in a ‘Christian’ environment which reflected everything that was harsh, and little that was loving, in Christian values would account for his cold response to Jeff when he visited. His early life was full of adults trying to set him right using religion as a weapon so I imagine he viewed attempts to reach out with great circumspection. Here’s what he wrote:

      Magic, by Cujo

      I do believe in magic. I was born and raised in a magic time, in a
      magic town, among magicians. Most everybody else didn’t realize we lived in that web of magic, connected by the silver filaments of chance and circumstance. But I knew it all along.

      When I was twelve years old, the world was my magic lantern. And by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present, and into the future. You probably did too; you just don’t recall it. See, this is my opinion: we all
      start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, wildflowers, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read
      the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand.

      But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. To act our age. To grow up… for God’s sake.

      And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth. And because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they’d allowed to wither and die within themselves.

      After you go so far away from it, though, you can’t really get it back. You can have seconds of it. Just moments of knowing and remembering. The truth of life is that every year we get farther away from the essence that is born within us. We get shouldered with debt and burdens, some of them good. Some of them not so good. Things happen to us. Loved ones die. Spouses cheat. Lie. People get in wrecks and get crippled. People
      turn to alcohol. Drugs. People lose their way. For one reason or another. It’s not hard to do in this world of crazy mazes. Life itself does its very damned best to take that memory of magic away from us. You don’t know it’s happening until one day you feel you’ve lost something but you’re not sure what it is.

  • jake wood

    I firmly believe that men like this are so dangerous and so beyond reach, that the only humane thing to do is put them out of their misery.

  • Peacekeeper

    Rev Jeff,

    I am a great admirer of your ministry and your honest, heartfelt
    writing. I am also a dear friend of Chris Wilkins. I want to share the
    final chapter of Chris’ life in hopes of bringing you understanding.

    3-4 years ago Chris had a spiritual awakening and began the slow
    journey out of the wilderness and into the light. A journey he
    continued until the end. You see, I never knew the angry, violent,
    evil man you describe. The Chris I knew was attempting to follow God’s
    Will, extremely thoughtful and desperately seeking to sew seeds of
    forgiveness, tolerance and love. The last conversation I had with
    Chris focused on his concern for the other men on death watch, he
    beseeched me to “find a way” to inform them of the misconception held
    regarding the execution process.

    A couple years ago Chris began actively making amends to those he had
    hurt. I know, because he enlisted my help, including with his amends
    to you. Chris discovered you could use financial backing to visit at
    the prison and he asked if I would assist you and I was overjoyed to
    help in this capacity. “I’m sorry” were the last words to leave his
    mouth, these words mouthed to the victim’s family. Chris’ seeds
    planted.

    • Kathy Brown

      Jeff and Peacekeeper, I have been a friend and correspondent of Chris since 2012. The person Jeff describes is most definitely not the Christopher I knew. Today I received his final goodbye card, written on the day of his execution. I will treasure it forever. I’m an atheist, but I confirm that Chris was a person of great spirituality, disillusioned by the events of his life and upbringing, but capable of huge warmth, humour and intellectual thought. Many of our conversations were about afterlife and the nature of the universe. He expressed great regret for his crimes and the hurt he had brought to his own family and others. He was also a very talented writer and created some beautiful poems. I am not sure I believe anyone in the world is truly evil or worthy of hate. There are always many other more appropriate words to use. Chris was just a human being who was failed as a child and made terrible mistakes as an adult. I will miss him. Peacekeeper, I would very much like to hear from you if there’s a way we can get in touch?