A Little Wiser: The Emotional Toll of Executions on Prison Staff

Season 6
42m | Nov 8, 2023

On today's episode of A Little Wiser is special guest and filmmaker Patty Dillon. Patty's documentary There Will Be No Stay featured last week's guest, Allen Ault. Patty shares with Kimi her deeply personal and thought provoking experience inside the world of capital punishment.

They talk about Patty’s extensive research journey, conducting cold calls and the numerous challenges she faced along the way. Through it all, Patty stayed resolute in her mission to shed light on a subject that is often shrouded in silence and controversy. From attending a film festival next to Randy Gardner, the brother of the last man to be executed by firing squad to forming a unique bond with Terry, an executioner who dedicated years of his life to the system that ultimately betrayed him, Patty sheds light on the complex moral questions surrounding the death penalty and the emotional toll experienced by those involved. 

They explore how this project pushed Patty to her limits, both as a filmmaker and compassionate human may just leave you questioning your own beliefs and perceptions. 

Film: There Will Be No Stay

A Killer Journey Film Instagram: @akillerjourneyfilm

Film Donations: GoFundMe

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