I’m lucky enough to interview people from all walks of life. Until recently, I’d never interviewed someone who has witnessed nearly 280 executions.
An article in the publication Texas Monthly piqued the interest of one of our investigative producers.
When she explained that a former spokeswoman for the prison system was willing to talk about her job, which required she watch the executions, I knew we should make an effort to talk with this person.
I drove with a photographer on Halloween day to Michelle Lyon’s home near Huntsville and interviewed her in her living room.
Put yourself in her shoes. How would you cope watching hundreds die legally? She answers that at 10pm. @KPRCLocal2 http://t.co/G0bEjNND7EShe was open with details. I suppose the topic of executions is interesting to most people. Hearing first-hand details from someone with a unique perspective was fascinating.
— Jace Larson KPRC (@jacelarson) November 5, 2014
What added another level of interest for me was how Lyons described not being affected by the first several dozen executions she witnessed. It wasn't until after she left her position with the state that she realized she had been affected in a big way.