Lisa Montgomery endured relentless torture, rape, and sex trafficking, leading to lifelong mental illness. Lisa committed her crime while in the grip of a psychotic episode, and her case has been marked by gender discrimination, ineffective lawyering, and other serious errors. She was executed on January 13, 2021.
Brenda Andrew: Sex-Shamed to Death in Oklahoma
Case Background In the United States, most prosecutors typically do not seek the death penalty—and juries do not impose it—unless the crime involves a degree of cruelty or pain that distinguishes it from the thousands of other homicides that are carried out every year. In 2004, Brenda Andrew was convicted of killing her husband for […]
Erica Sheppard: A Teenaged Victim of Rape, Domestic Violence and Discrimination
Case Background Erica Sheppard is a survivor of child abuse, domestic violence, and multiple rapes who is facing execution in Texas. At the age of nineteen, she fled a violent marriage and sought refuge at a battered women’s shelter, where she hoped to receive counseling and assistance. But the shelter would not keep her. Twenty-seven […]