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The Execution (#1711)

FRONTLINE explores capital punishment through the story of Clifford Boggess, a 30-year-old criminal who spends nearly a decade on death row. Boggess, former star athlete, honor student, pianist, artist, Catholic convert, orphan and convicted murderer, is sentenced to death, after having committed brutal murders of two elderly storeowners in a small Texas town. Repeated glimpses into Boggess' character show a remorseful man, apologizing to his victims' families, asking for God's forgiveness, and willingly accepting his fate on the injection table. However, Frontline examines the deeper implications behind this man's sentence: how Boggess' death offers no definitive solution to the anger and pain suffered by the victims and their families, and why death perhaps cannot be considered punishment for a troubled man who seems to accept it with open arms. [86 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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