Death at Midnight: The Confessions of an Executioner

September 27, 2011

While an increasingly outspoken American public is quick to endorse the death penalty, the voices of those who experience the chilling reality of executing another human being are seldom heard.

Donald A. Cabana chronicles a personal journey through the nation’s prison system that culminated in giving the order to execute two death row inmates. Cabana’s compelling account brings the reader inside the “secretive, mysterious world of the execution chamber” to witness the process of an execution and to experience the emotions of the executioner and the man strapped in the chair known as “black death.”

Cabana, Donald A. Death at Midnight: The Confessions of an Executioner. Boston, Massachusetts: Northeastern University Press, 1996.

ISBN 1555533566

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This resource originally was posted on the Catholics Against Capital Punishment (CACP) website, which was turned over to CMN in 2012. For more information on CACP’s history and other resources, click here.