Death Row Portraits: James Barnes & Hank Skinner

Wednesday, April 25 - Thursday, April 26, 2012

Director’s cuts! Werner Herzog in person!


To this day, Skinner has protested that he is innocent of the murder of his girlfriend and her two grown-up sons claiming that at the time of the murder he was lying on the couch, drugged up to the eyeballs. Just thirty-five minutes before he is due to die he receives a stay of execution on account of new evidence.


In 1988 James Barnes climbed into an apartment building in Melbourne, Florida with the firm intention of raping Patricia Patsy Miller. After the rape, he killed her. When he was finally arraigned for this crime Barnes was already serving a prison sentence for having strangled a woman, but it is only once he finds himself on death row that he admits to having committed other murders.

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  • Director Werner Herzog

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