018 THESE EXECUTIONS
A story of public relations and lethal injection.
Michelle Lyons witnessed over 270 executions carried out by the state of Texas. At age 22, Lyons started reporting for The Huntsville Item, which gave her the opportunity to see her first lethal injection. In 2001, she became the Director of Public Information for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), a spokesperson for 110 prisons across the state. Here, Lyons talks the politics of death row, the infamous Walls Unit execution chamber, and processing her emotions death after death.
Select photos by Justin Hollar
Other images courtesy of TCDJ
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Everything is Stories
EVERYTHING IS STORIES
An ongoing audio survey of individuals who have experienced transcendence and/or power of the will. No story will be considered too troubled, no atmosphere too strange.
Needed: tales from the underground, the underdog, the outlaw, and the outcast. Genuine characters of all kinds welcome.
Everything is Stories explores unconventional narratives of the past and present to preserve the eccentric, the authentic, and the personal.
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In Colombia, Rosio Gomez marries into an empire of wealth and power. She is told the family operates a low-profile import/export business, and finds comfort in her role as wife and mother. However, she soon learns the family business is not what it seems to be as Rosio becomes entangled with drugs, money, and mafia.
This story is true. The events took place in Colombia and the United States throughout the 1980s and 90s. Due to sensitive subject matter, identities have been kept secret for safety. But for the sake of story, every thing else is authentic.