BOOKS: "Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure"

A new book by Professor Jody Lynee’ Madeira of the Indiana University School of Law follows the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing to explore whether the families of murder victims obtain closure from an execution. In Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure, Prof. Madeira recounts her wide range of interviews with those who experienced this tragedy first-hand. Regarding the book, Professor Carol Steiker of Harvard said, “Everyone seems to have an opinion about whether the execution of murders can offer ‘closure’ to the victims’ loved ones. Finally, we have a study that has investigated the largest, most media-saturated mass murder and execution in recent times….Madeira’s in-depth, fair-minded, and sensitive account opens a window for us into the struggles of those affected and explores the complicated role that our public institutions of criminal justice play in the complex and difficult work of reconstructing life after atrocity.”

(J. Madeira, “Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure,” New York University Press (May 2012); DPIC posted May 23, 2012). See Victims. Read more books on the death penalty. Listen to DPIC’s podcast on Victims.