Capital Punishment

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Short Take: Into the Abyss

Review: Into the Abyss

From the abyss of time in Cave of Forgotten Dreams , Werner Herzog turns to the abyss of capital punishment in today's America.
Werner Herzog turns to the abyss of capital punishment
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 11, 2011
Interview with Werner Herzog

Interview with Werner Herzog

 Last Saturday I conducted a phone interview with Werner Herzog, who was in San Francisco promoting his new film "Into the Abyss." He seemed in...
By Peter Keough  |  November 08, 2011

Death penalty possible for Watland

Gary Watland, the brilliant and mentally ill convicted murderer whose 2006 scheme to have his wife smuggle a loaded handgun into the Maine State Prison in Warren was foiled when another prisoner tipped off officials, faces a possible death penalty if co
Prison Murder
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 28, 2010

Letters to the Portland editor, August 22, 2008

We don’t expect every customer to love our establishment.
Rogue Dead Guy Ale is not an IPA

A night in Guantánamo

I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 11, 2008

Native Portlander makes good at Sundance

Don’t watch The Execution of Solomon Harris expecting a treatise about the death penalty.
Local film
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 06, 2008


Death Sentence

An all-out war between Hume and his gangland prey culminates in a ridiculously over-the-top shootout in an abandoned mental hospital.
They don't get much worse than this
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 05, 2007

Screwing the youth

Wole Akinbi was 16 when someone phoned to say his best friend had been shot.
When the budget gets tight, young people become an easy target  
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  August 20, 2007

RI’s last execution resonates in our current moment

Rhode Island’s last execution was on Valentine’s Day in 1845, below Nordstrom’s shoe department in the Providence Place Mall.
Capital case
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  May 18, 2007

Rise and fall

With its production of the Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Opera Boston consolidates its position as this city’s most exciting opera company.
Opera Boston does Mahagonny; the BSO and the Boston Philharmonic do Sibelius
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 13, 2007

Flashbacks: November 24, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 21, 2006


Enter the wonk

Chris Gabrieli’s decision to jump into the race for governor — which he’ll do this week, if all goes according to plan — has an almost Shakespearean quality.
Chris Gabrieli joins the governor’s race  
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 05, 2006

Genocide today

It was a spooky image. Two women, who look like grandmothers and are identified as Russian Communists, standing in front of the American embassy in Moscow waving pictures of Slobodan Milosevic.
Plus, outlaw prosecutors and Healey’s true colors
By EDITORIAL  |  March 15, 2006

Trial and error

Hollywood studios looking for movie ideas should check out Jessica Sanders’s After Innocence .
The system is found guilty in After Innocence  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 02, 2006

After Innocence

Last week, the vice-president of the National District Attorneys Association wrote a breathless op-ed in the New York Times .
The movie and the reality
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  February 02, 2006