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Richard was born in New York in 1947. While addicted to drugs he killed a man in 1983, while trying to sell him a stolen typewriter. He received the death penalty. He always regretted what happened on that fatal day. During the long years on deathrow Richard Rossi succeeded not to drown in self-pity. He kept an active interest in the world outside his cell, had many contacts with people in the world, wrote articles and he published a book about life on deathrow which was published in several translations around the world. He continued to fight against injustice. While his body was locked up, his spirit remained free. The prison system was not able to break him but his health did deteriorate. Richard, for 22 years kept in solitary confinement, kept behind concrete and bars, in a cell without daylight, locked in a body that was not functioning that well anymore, that is the Richard who died. He was spared an execution. Death, which came unexpected, made an end to his double imprisonment.
How much Richard appreciated the contact with his friends is shown in this piece that he wrote:
What remains is the memory of a human being, who was more than the one deed that brought him to deathrow. May the peace he longed for, now be his. Rest in peace, Richie.
Should you wish to express your sympathy, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The emails will be send to the executor of Richie's will.
Last modified: June 14, 2006