Tag: Bridget Townsend

WHEN THE INTERNET HAS ITS SAY ON EMPATHY

WHEN THE INTERNET HAS ITS SAY ON EMPATHY

What a week. On September 3rd, the Toronto Star released an article written by Amy Dempsey about my relationship with a Texas Death Row inmate named Ramiro Gonzales.  I had thought the story was going to be buried in the Life section.  It was a little crazy seeing Ramiro and me smiling from the front page. …

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WE ARE ALL BROKEN BONES

WE ARE ALL BROKEN BONES

Today was bittersweet. I’ve spent 10 hours over the past few days visiting with my friend, Ramiro Gonzales.  Ramiro is currently on Texas Death Row for a crime he committed when he was 18 years old.  Today was originally set to be his execution day. But I should back up… Saturday night I drove the 90 minutes …

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HERE WE GO…

HERE WE GO…

I am currently sitting in the Columbus airport on a four hour layover waiting for my connecting flight to Houston.  I can’t say I’ve ever felt a burning desire to see Ohio, but I have had a burning desire to sing this song: Because, CAROL BURNETT! After landing in Houston I will have to find my …

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OPEN LETTER TO GREG ABBOTT & THE TEXAS BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLE

OPEN LETTER TO GREG ABBOTT & THE TEXAS BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLE

Update July 15, 2016: Ramiro Gonzales’ execution date has been withdrawn and rescheduled to November 2nd, 2016. July 12, 2016 Governor Greg Abbott Office of the Governor P.O. Box 12428 Austin, Texas 78711-2428 RE:  Clemency Request for Ramiro Gonzales #999513 (Execution set for August 10th, 2016) Dear Governor Abbott, My name is Bri-anne Swan.  I …

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THERE IS PLENTY OF BLAME TO GO AROUND

THERE IS PLENTY OF BLAME TO GO AROUND

Ramiro Gonzales is not the only person who failed Bridget Townsend on January 15, 2001. My inbox has been busy.  I’ve been receiving a lot of email related to this blog post about my correspondence and friendship with Ramiro Gonzales, an inmate currently on Death Watch in Texas. Many of the emails and comments have been …

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TEXAS IS GOING TO KILL MY FRIEND

TEXAS IS GOING TO KILL MY FRIEND

Unless he is granted a reprieve, Ramiro Gonzales will be executed by the State of Texas on August 10th. Two years ago, while I was pregnant with my second child and experiencing a period of chronic insomnia, I found myself in a late night web surfing marathon reading article after article about capital punishment in the United States. …

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