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Let me tell you a bit about myself: I am
a 46-year-old Mexican man. I have been on Death Row (D/R) for 10-years. (I
first arrived on D/R in May 8, 1992) I have 4-children, and 6-grandchildren.
I have my mother, four brothers and one sister. My father died when I was 15.
I never did finish school. I quit school after my father died so I could work full-time and help my family. Work was not a stranger to me, as I had worked since a young child in the cotton fields, chopping cotton and picking cotton.
We were poor so all of the family had to work so we could eat and survive.
I have been thinking back on these past
10-years and I am trying to remember how many men have been executed, but
it's been so many that I have lost count? I know, at least, 200 men, some
who were my friends, or most who I had met over the years. It was a sombre
experience to be speaking to these men, knowing that in only a few days,
sometimes the next day, they would be dead. Some accepted it, some didn't.
One man, whose image stays in my mind, I
will never forget. As they were taking him out of our wing to be executed, he stopped at my cell to tell me "good-bye". It was his eyes, his eyes were wide open with fear. I felt his fear (if that is possible to explain) it was so overwhelming. That, took place in 1997, and more than 5-years later, I still
see his eyes
My days on Death Row (D/R) are spent locked
away 23-hours-a-day in a 6-x-9 cell. We are allowed to recreate for one-hour
each day. One shower a day.
There are no TV's on Texas D/R. We are allowed to buy a small plastic radio from the prison commissary store, and that is our 'entertainment'. We are allowed to correspond with free-world people. So as one can imagine, mail-call in the evenings are our 'highlight' of the day, what we look forward to each day. I would love to have the opportunity to write to someone who is both open minded and honest, but with a good sense of humour. I am a sincere person and I don't play head games with my pen-friends, and I am not looking for romance. I have been on Texas Death Row for over 10 years. I have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. I like to read books on history, mysteries, autobiographies, some classics. Tough, I'll read anything ! I like meeting new people and building freindships/correpondences, writing letters, receiving mail, listening to music from the 60's-80's. I also enjoy being outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, and barbecuing, and just breathing the fresh air. I like having a garden and growing my own vegetables. Thank you so much for your time.
John Alba #999027
3872 F.M 350 South
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Penpal’s a killer on Death Row --- From The News Shopper
Mexican John Alba is on Death Row for shooting his wife 11 years ago. Reporter EMMA COUTTS-WOOD talks to Brockley student Amy Greene who has been writing to him since she was 15 ...
FOR many British
people, Death Row is something we hear about on the television and in American
films like Dead Man Walking but we do not know much about it.
But for the last eight years, 23-year-old student Amy Greene, from Brockley, has been writing to John Alba who is on Death Row in Texas for shooting his wife, Wendy, on August 5 1991, after discovering she was having an affair.
His case is high-profile in America because he is Mexican and his 28-year-old wife was white and there have been allegations of racism during the trial.
The 47-year-old is now appealing for his sentence to be reduced to a life prison sentence.
Although John Alba receives very little support from his fellow Americans because of the nature of the case, he receives letters every week from Amy and her family and she has even been over to America to see him several times.
Amy, of Manor Avenue, started writing to John when she was 15 and doing a project on capital
punishment at school.
Now a sociology student at Goldsmiths College in London, she is still writing to him and
campaigning for his sentence to be reduced.
She said: "I got his name and address from a friend of my mum who was writing to him at the
time. "Now he has become a friend and we write twice a week. He is kind and sensitive and in his letters he talks a lot about his family. I have been over to America to see him a few times.
"He has pleaded guilty to shooting his wife and knows he deserves a punishment but to get his
sentence reduced, he has to prove the murder was not pre-meditated and he is not a threat to
Amy claims there have been flaws in the case. "His lawyer says the prosecution was racist and
even the jurors were against inter-racial marriages. I was really touched when I met his four
children. I realised how important it was to campaign for his sentence to be reduced."
Amy has been in contact with his lawyer and has set up a fund for John.
She added: "I want to see justice for John. He doesn't deserve to be on death row."
11:50 Tuesday 16th July 2002.
Pen Pal Request from:
"Dear Internazionale, my name is John Alba, and I am a Death Row prisoner. I am writing to you, because I would like to ask you if you can help me find some Italian pen-friends, who would like to correspond with me? (...) I have 4 children and 6 grandchildren with another on the way and so I am feeling like an old man. :-) Days here can get very long and very lonely, and so mail call is the chance for us to disappear into another world for a moment or more.
If anyone would like to know more about me then please look at a website that a friend has made for me www.johnalba.com. I really look forward to receiving any letters that will come my way."
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