Un témoignage spirituel de Linda Meakins,
A spiritual testimony of Linda Meakins, penpal of death row prisoner Mark Stroman (executed)
My name is Linny Meakins, I am a Tutor for young adults with learning difficulties. I was a close friend of Mark Stroman who was incarcerated on Polunsky Death Row, Texas. Even though Mark was guilty of the crime for which he had been sentenced to death, whilst Anthony maintains his innocence, they both have something in common: Mark was like Anthony, a changed man, with a lot to offer this World as he could teach and communicate in a positive, meaningful and knowledgeable way with others that were either already walking down a darker path, or young people that were being drawn towards it.
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There was not a day going by that went without Mark thinking about what he had done. He had a genuine desire to make amends. He had quietly been helping people all around the world. People with illnesses, people with cancer, people like my 78 years old Mum. She had suffered from severe depression since my father had died, to such an extent that she had wanted to take her own life. Mark succeeded where both the doctors and my family had failed: To lift my mother's spirits thanks to the care and support he was showing in his letters. Mark had become part of her family and had given her a new sense of hope, which was lost the day Mark was executed. I had grown to respect him. Even as he was facing the death himself at the time of his execution, his thoughts went to other people. The change that Mark could have made to use his life experience as a lesson and to stop hatred and bring peace to this World was lost with him when he was executed on 20th July 2011, as was the love, kindness and support that he was giving through his letters, to many people in need of it Worldwide.
I have learned much from my time with Mark Stroman, but most of all, how it has a massive impact on the loved ones of the Prisoner. It traumatises, brings pain, heartache and chaos to their lives.
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My mum died 8 weeks and one day after Mark did. The morning of her death, she said to me: I'm afraid to die alone. She pointed at Mark's picture and she said: He had said we would walk up that hill together, but he has gone without me. I held her hand and I said: Mum, he will come back for you and walk with you.
It is now time to put in place a more peaceful solution.
Anthony Mungin is another such beacon of hope for reform. He can inspire young people not to go down the dark path. Executing him would deprive society from exploring the opportunity to try make society safer. Certainly, it would have a devastating effect on all those who have grown to know him, respect him, and who believe in his innocence.
Please, I would respectfully ask each and every one of you reading this, to support Anthony in his wish to help young people and other offenders find a worthwhile and legitimate life and career. Your support whether it be financial or your time in writing one or more letters asking for his life to be spared, is truly valuable.
Thank you. Respectfully, Linny Meakins.
Linda Meakins is a member of honour of the Save Anthony Association
DISCOVER THE STORY MARK STROMAN HERE BELOW
Association Save Anthony
13 allée des noisetiers
94450 Limeil Brevannes - France
Anthony Mungin 288322
Union Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000