By Michael W. Cuneo
Darrell Mease grew up within the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, in a slice of rural the US the place faith flourished and culture thrived. every person acknowledged he used to be a great child: a little a clown, possibly now not too fascinated by his reports, yet candy and type and fast to make acquaintances. while, as a clean-cut teen, he signed up with the military, the folks of Reeds Springs, Missouri, anticipated to listen to not anything yet great things approximately R.J. and Lexie Mease's eldest son.
It wouldn't determine that means. Darrell Mease might prove at the entrance strains of the Vietnam battle and could come domestic a drug addict. Over the for my part tumultuous, drifting many years that undefined, he'd make a brand new identify for himself within the Ozarks: as a tricky drug broker. Then, in 1987, he gunned down a 69-year-old meth kingpin, his spouse, and their 20-year-old paraplegic grandson. After a determined cross-country break out, he was once captured, hauled again to Missouri, and sentenced to demise for his crimes.
In penal complex, Mease skilled a spiritual conversion, and he made a surprising prediction: he will be kept via dazzling intervention.
No one believed it can ensue. however it did.
On January 27, 1999, Pope John Paul II visited St. Louis and spoke to Missouri's then-governor, Mel Carnahan. It was once an analogous date that professionals had set for Mease's execution. The pope requested that he be spared. Carnahan agreed.
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