A prisoner who has spent 25 years in solitary confinement wrote about what it's like to spend a quarter of a century cut off from human contact.
In 1987, Blake, 23 at the time, shot two law enforcement officials, killing one. He had been on his way to appear in court for drug and robbery charges. Though handcuffed, he grabbed a gun from Deputy Bernie Meleski and began shooting. Deputy David Clark, who was married with two children, died. Maleski was gravely wounded, but survived.
The judge, Blake said, told him he deserved "an eternity in hell" for the shootings. "Apparently he had the idea that God was not the only one justified to make such judgment calls."
The essay begins by acknowledging the gravity of his crime:
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Even by the standards of my own belief system, such as it was back then, I deserved to die for