ON AUGUST 22, Rogelio Reyes Cannady, received the official word from officials in Texas’ Death Row in Livingston that the date for his execution had been set. The following postings will contain Rogelio’s thoughts as the day, November 6, approaches.*
Rogelio writes his journal longhand, in pencil and sends them to me each week. I will post them as soon as possible after I receive them. I welcome your thoughts and will share with him those I believe he will be interested in reading.
I have been corresponding with Rogelio since 1999 and I have visited him periodically since April, 2000. Our last visit was August 30.
(A number of people have asked me how much of this is Rogelio’s writing and how much of it is my editing of his writing. As much as I would love to take credit, Rogelio is an excellent writer and requires little editing. I have made only a handful of changes in the material he wrote long-hand and mailed to me. Rogelio is pretty much self-taught, having never graduated from high school. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, he never even attended high school. He also taught himself how to read and write Spanish. — JRP)
Juan R. Palomo
* According to the official Texas Department of Criminal Justice Scheduled Executions web page, Rogelio is now scheduled to be put to death November 19.