Last night Channel 4 aired a moving documentary telling the story of ‘The British Woman on Death Row‘. Linda Carty who was born on the Commonwealth island of St Kitts, is awaiting execution in Texas: if she’s killed, she’ll be the first British woman to be executed since Ruth Ellis, over 50 years ago.
Linda was convicted of capital murder in 2002 after it was alleged she was the mastermind behind a horrific crime. In May 2001, a criminal gang broke into the home of Linda’s neighbours and abducted a young mother and her three-day-old baby boy.
The next day the baby was found alive in one of Linda’s cars, but his mother was found dead in another – she had been suffocated.
Linda has always denied any involvement in the crime, but testimony from the gang and circumstantial evidence found at the scene led to her arrest.
At her trial, Linda was represented by one of the State’s capital defence attorneys, who’s had over 20 of his clients end up on Death Row. It’s claimed his poor defence of Linda helped lead to her conviction.
This documentary, wasn’t just a film about a miscarriage of justice; but a revealing account of Linda and her extraordinary life. She’s been a primary school teacher, a dedicated single mother who overcame the stigma of illegitimacy, the victim of rape and abuse, and a woman blackmailed into becoming a confidential informant for the Drugs Enforcement Administration.
For those who missed it would definitely worth catching on 4OD; and if like the film-maker Steve Humphries, you come to the same conclusion that you’re not sure of her innocence, but agree there is enough mitigating evidence to save her from death-row, you can do something it.
To learn more about her case, contact Reprieve, a legal action charity, uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners. They are campaigning on behalf of Linda Carty. You can help the campaign by Reprieve to ‘Save Linda Carty’ by signing their petition.