Texas Death Row: Bobby West

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Robert Wallace West, Jr. (read his rap sheet here), convicted of killing 22-year-old DeAnn Klaus in 1982, was executed Tuesday evening, July 29th, 1997.

“At this point, I’m not really quite sure that I know me…. Every third day I’m getting these envelopes with photographs and stuff in it. It’s like seeing myself again for the first time.”

— Bobby West (audio clip)

“I write to, like, 32, 33 different people every week … But they’re all business connections…. You’re a cause, something to rally around.”

— Bobby West (audio clip)

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