Memorial For Bruce Charles Jacobs
Executed May 15, 2003
I hope this e-mail reaches each of you having an exceptionally good day.
I'm as well as my situation and this cruel place will allow. Needless to say, I could be
much better, but considering the fact that I am an innocent man condemned to the
ultimate injustice,.punishment of death, I am blessed.
I regret that this e-mail will be bad news. Actually, it will be quite disturbing news.
There are no words to describe the absolute depression and helplessness I am feeling
right now, but I'm sure my feelings are by far overshadowed by those of Bruce Charles
Jacobs. Bruce is a mentally ill man that, barring a miracle, will be strapped to the Texas
killing machine on May 15th. Just another mentally ill and probably mentally retarded
person to be exterminated by the State of Texas!
I'm writing this with the permission of Bruce, who according to his court appointed
attorney is not mentally retarded but is incompetent to make decisions or give anyone
permission to do anything. This same attorney, James Volberding, refuses to pursue a
stay of execution on the basis of mental retardation. Voberding seems to have an
unhealthy, bizarre desire for him and his assistant to watch his client, Bruce, be killed.
Hopefully, Bruce refuses his ineffective lawyer's request to be present.
Let me tell you just a little bit about Bruce so you have an idea what kind of human
beings the state is killing. He was a forceps baby, which is a practice no longer used,
because it often killed the baby or caused severe trauma and brain damage. His mother
immediately after birth said, I couldn't have given birth to something like that.
Throughout Bruce's life his mother refused to accept him as her son. His father said, "His
head looked like a lopsided watermelon." Both his brother and father describe Bruce as
mentally retarded and not quite right in the head." His father said, "When Bruce was
a child we had to keep him fenced in the yard so that he wouldn't hurt an