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10-08 Queen City News

Anti-death penalty speakers on tour

During a camping trip in Montana, Marietta Jaeger Lane’s seven-year-old daughter, Susie, was kidnapped and later murdered. Despite her family's tragedy, Jaeger Lane remains committed to her journey of forgiveness.

When David Kaczynski read the Unabomber’s manifesto in the newspaper, he recognized his brother’s writing. David notified the FBI, but received assurances that his brother would get psychiatric help. The Justice Department's subsequent active pursuit of the death penalty was seen as a betrayal and started David on a journey to end the death penalty system.

These speakers are joined by others with personal stories about the death penalty for “Journey of Hope...from Violence to Healing”, a statewide speaking tour about the death penalty. The sponsor, the Montana Abolition Coalition, is a Montana umbrella group of religious and civil rights activists who oppose Montana’s death penalty.

The Journey of Hope Tour is holding more than 50 events in communities across Montana. The tour is spending Friday, October 10, in Helena, which is World Day Against the Death Penalty.
Events start Thursday, October 9, at 7 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Community, 1700 Missoula Ave., and 7 pm at the United Methodist Church in Boulder, 201 W. Centennial. On Friday, October 10, the tour will discuss “Race and Economic Inequality and the Death Penalty” at noon at the Lewis and Clark Library, be at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church at 1:30 pm, 120 W. Riggs, East Helena, and present their main event at 7 pm in the Helena Middle School auditorium. Joining the main speakers will be murder victim family members, crime exonorees, and death row family members. See and click on “Journey of Hope” for more information.