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it's the story of thomas miller an american has spent thirty years and down through and taken for his execution ten times. huntsville texas. the man who we are coming to see at the prison of when should have been dead a long time ago he was to be executed by lethal injection. a man sentenced to capital punishment more than twenty years ago for a crime which he has always denied. but. you know like you. would have thought that would.
be a real thanks. time has flown by never did we think we would see him alive again. but. if it were. one thousand years after our first encounter so many questions are left unanswered how did he stay alive has he changed will recognize each other. hello tell us for us here how are you this is him thomas miller. thank you. for. thomas and his amazing smile
unchanged after so many years on death row the meeting is monitored closely next to us a warden and the man responsible for media in the prison we are being listened to. and are warned we are given precisely one hour to interview thomas our time a short time this. is necessary to see that. it's nice to be. quite a blessing in comparison to the situation that we're faced with. for at least twenty years how did you balance these fourteen. years. sometime we sit and read to think back into to figure out exactly how it is that we persevered. in light of the tremendous moment motion psychological pressure that goes along with. such an extent then how
can one keep it together for twenty years while waiting for his execution thomas miller was thirty four when he ended up in prison is now sixty one. his life should have ended here in a death row cemetery much like more than four hundred other people over the past twenty years in texas. when we met him one thousand years ago he said that he only thought about one thing. the day of his death. the minute he would be executed. his little. the world is going to be do. you want to. know what is. the lethal injection would.
give you a straight face with this version which you seem to get. along with this go away. you want to. how is he survived since one thousand nine hundred ninety four. it was with these words that thomas miller expressed his fear of execution and also all the questions about his case nineteen years he waited on death row nineteen years claiming his innocence. forcing you all right because you're going to be. right where you going to miscarry through. you know. this because this is you know. all right let's consider a deal to say to. mr bolton you know the seal of the record where you are right and all this difference that it was. a black man accused of killing
a white man. typical for texas. during that month of one thousand nine hundred four thomas miller was on the eve of his execution. the day go through. the. we were not to see each other again. and eric. what was the incident that landed thomas miller on death row. it was an enigmatic and complex case for which we need to go twenty six years back
in time. our investigation first leads us to the newspaper archives of the dallas library. a crime among many others but this one went far deeper. vague police reports manipulation and the supreme power of a g disagree system anchored in social discrimination. the a merciless machine that hides its actions but which the miller case will trouble. this. little is known about what thomas miller is accused of in the middle of the night criminals broke into a holiday inn on the outskirts of dallas they were after the cash register the hold up became a disaster. a young man died from numerous gunshot wounds he was the hotel
receptionist. but what exactly happened on the night of november sixteenth one thousand nine hundred five one man may have an answer to this key question richard raina is not just a detective a maverick. he also specializes in the counter investigations of death sentence cases. thanks to him that innocent inmates were freed after many years on death row . prison oh my gosh i think they spent the better part of eleven years. right know that free they're free everything they did was wrong. but there they go they didn't have any representation at all when you know what there are solutions because there are prosecutors there are police officers in there well. that's going to happen the
problem is nobody hears very much truth. or justice they want to win you know they want to win this no matter what but this case it was incredible i made copies of every statement given by the. by the policeman. because certainly they had too many months where necessary to gain richard's trust and now he is willing to show his work on the miller case that name is very familiar these or the convictions this is a bank robbery that he supposedly did. this is what all the witnesses are going to testify to it so you you have all of that for you this this unique evidence enabled richard to form his own opinion. one that undermines the official version well. to argue that thomas was or was not there it's
debatable but to actually come up with who did the shooting. we don't you know i can say without a doubt there is questions here you know who actually did the shooting. there were five people that night four man and a woman armed and parks near the hotel according to the police report it was about two am when the group entered the hotel went to the reception desk and asked the two employees for the cast register. hotel clark douglas walker refused to comply he was shot dead at the age of twenty five these young colleague wounded is the only witness of the crime thomas miller is pointing to as being the murderer of the young receptionist based soley on his testimony. richard is not satisfied with his official version at all only witness that you was in you have it
here you know. this is irrefutable you know this is you know he clearly tells them that he can't identify he didn't see anyone he said i'm too tired i didn't see them . and the second time they show him a line. he can't be absolutely sure. in then towards the end. he describes the other guy and then he describes thomas in here when you have something like that. then you have. this story of the self contradicting president and only witness paul there to richard raina he now wants to know about the arrest.
i think we're ok. five days after the crime it is in this quiet houston suburb that the police arrested thomas miller. this is the street where the shooting took place. actually the police were already waiting for thomas. at night when miller drove his car down a dead end the police ambushed him but they arrested and go as planned gunfire broke out. it is in front of this house that the shooting took place. this is said ninety eight to fifty one. when he saw the police thomas miller tried to escape. to try to get away through here. he
was severely wounded by several gunshots he jumped on the car and started running. and was shot. and. we just we could move his legs per hour. and then we heard. somebody say you see of the niggas be the niggers be if you do it to. actually to me i told thomas that it certainly looked to me like he was supposed to been killed and that's the end of the story. and but thomas didn't know that he didn't expect to be. to be stabbed in the back by his friend. in fact miller was denounced by his friend john hicks he confessed to the robbery but associated miller with the murder of the young will tell clark.
when you have a lot of people involved in a crime those that come to the prosecutor force and say all cooperate but i don't want to be charged with couple murder i don't want to go to the world i will help you here is. from the outset thomas miller tonight any involvement in the crime in the end john hicks only served a few years in prison while miller was sentenced to death in this case you have witnesses that you have a witness a survivor of this is he came to identify and you have somebody else that is save my life and i'll tell you that thomas did. when you have doubts. the both the investigation and the arrest still raise many questions for the police there is no doubt that thomas miller is guilty his punishment must be deaths in
march one nine hundred eighty six in dallas he was sentenced to capital punishment by an almost all white jury. the judge was bill hill a man no one for his discrimination against black people. one young lady wants to know everything about this twenty year old trial. is thomas miller's daughter it was just a child when he was sentenced. this is the first time she has returned to the hotel where her father was brought almost dying after his arrest show rico was only seven years old i remember i was actually getting dressed for school. when i went into the. she was about to call my hair. she was like do you know. who that was. at the time they were showing. the police department and i.
contribute traumatized you know we're. about. to write a letter to our daughter. you know why you. know you know when you're ready to write a message you just just you just write what we say and we write. you know because. you know. this is the first appearance of thomas after numerous years of isolation by a spanish television crew in one thousand nine hundred. forty. eight. more than four hundred inmates alone. in
a four square meter. death row there are many black people many hispanic people and many people without lawyers they have nothing else to do but wait the more time goes by the more they drown and time is never ending but death comes closer by the minute in the year one thousand nine hundred nine. did you. give your execution date. can't go to. court. dates. in believe me or just want to to the execution date is enough for anybody to go to more later. security prison poland ski is found in the middle of the texan countryside. this death row has the
highest number of executions in the us mimic which for an average of ten years before being executed. for a long time french activist sundry no shortage has been alongside thomas miller fighting against the death penalty and the horrors of waiting on death row on the shore of what we are on the road between poland ski prison where he said this for and one stage c.t. well the addiction room is down here is the last throes of people sentenced to death it is so last chance to look outside and see nature and trees the father and their last chance to smell and feel because they've been a solitary confinement for so long. and give us. as i remember a man sentenced to death who said that that's each breath he took
a long the road to death he heard he's heard the clowder and louder on this about the effect it was going to pass i'll expose it. thomas miller has been down this path many times. we just are crying your. we is gone you see what i'm doing you know don't let us lose all my clothes. for. february july i'm a vendor of ninety four may august and october of ninety five january april and july ninety six february two thousand and two every day does no other delay for miller death leaves ten times and then returns into. this case it's completely in human and very favorable to have to go through this ten times in his life of what it is a never ending torture and we home team until he said last thanks. delaying
the execution that will take place behind these walls can happen the night before or even in the final few minutes. the bureaucratic error one last appeal by the lawyer or the mobilization of a few people may be enough to prevent this terrible and while the wardens and witnesses arrive at walls the one who is to be executed is no longer master of the passage of time only one man stays close to him throughout his last hours. i was a chaplain and i was with ninety five it was to be with them to listen to them to help them with their last letters to make telephone calls for them to ask or in their visitors their family or lawyers or anybody else and to be there when they needed something big or small whatever that would make
them and i want to use word happy but that was what i wanted to. i was a stay right with him all day. there are three telephones in the room right next to one from the governor at one from the attorneys general arm when i was to telephone rang i knew that which. assigned to go. and i'd say it's time to to go. door to unlock it and i would lead them into this to the death chamber stand right next to. most them on me to hold their hands. and i would hold that hand until they got to. where the executions had put
a bandage to and then i would stand right five inches from their right way. and. i put my hand on their way to help us. come and stay until after they were days i. think we came with them maybe because like our own or thirty minutes of something like that right. you know. it's a point that did we'd reached where is that. we were happy you know to get it over with you know because we would have an opportunity to. to finally get out of this place you know we see that it's really it's horrible to watch somebody that doesn't know what death is. he was one of the themes that.
wrote to get prepared he was very cooperative and i think that he understood when and when he was there that want to i'm not anti-racist it can be you know more than fifty percent of the people who are executed texas are not. why. exhausted and appalled after sixteen years in the death row pastor pickett left the prison administration and has chosen to fight it from the outside in a book he speaks of the atrocity of the system the racism and the execution of innocents because of these radical opinions he has been subject to threats and tax inquiries. the state of texas is not one to tolerate criticism of its ways and even if these executions do not help lower the crime rate these cowboys care for their reputation. even proudly promote the
death penalty in a museum dedicated to it in huntsville one of the best prisons you. saw nothing is missing from the movie describing life in prison and the forced work of the inmates you may also specify that there is no air conditioning no intimacy in the cells no tourists are reassured security is at its highest level and the number of prosecutions is increasing. my goodness see people come from far away to see it's still an electric chair nicknamed old sparky it was discontinued in one thousand nine hundred sixty four quite lethal injection has replaced it. oh yeah that's right you go on the ferris wheel and. how does seem to fit. for shivering instant the tourist can even play prisoner. so i say i'm not really.