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Tom French’s postscript to Angels and Demons

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Tom French‘s postscript to Angels and Demons:

STARKE — Hal Rogers felt no need to watch the last breaths of the man who took his family.

In October, when news of the death warrant reached Hal on his farm in Ohio, he doubted he would attend the execution. It wouldn’t bring back his wife and daughters. Twenty-two years after their murders, Jo and Michelle and Christe still lived inside Hal so vividly he sometimes had trouble accepting that they were buried in the cemetery down the road.

And although he once harbored fantasies of vengeance against their killer, Hal had long since let go of such bloody thoughts….

Fall Press Day keynoter Lori Oglesbee on great writing–

Tom French won the Pulitzer for his coverage of the murders in Florida of three Ohio tourists, a mom and her two daughters.

The man convicted of the murders will die by lethal injection at 4 p.m. EST today. He has no more appeals.

Tom is with the husband and father in Ohio reporting today. Hal Rogers opted not to attend the execution.

All the prosecutors Tom interviewed will witness the execution.

Tom is an endowed chair with Indiana University now and still does workshops with Poynter.

I’ll post links to the stories when they are published.

The original seven-part series is available at the Pulitzer site and under special sections at

Tom was our JEA/NSPA keynote speaker in Albuquerque in 1999 and the keynote at our Texas state convention last month.

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Tom French’s postscript to Angels and Demons