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Midlands Voices: Death Penalty can Wreak Havoc on Victims' Families

By: Miriam Thimm-Kelle | Published Thursday, November 17, 2011 The writer lives in Beatrice, Neb. In 1985, my brother, James Thimm, was murdered. To be more accurate, he was brutally tortured to death. When Michael Ryan went on trial for taking Jim away from us, I supported the death penalty. I knew that’s what Michael Ryan deserved. I loved my brother so much, and I thought that whatever justice the state could offer to my family was justice we should have. My son, Spencer, was an infant when his uncle died. Jim never met him. Spencer is now married and expecting his own child. He has spent his entire life traveling back and forth to court, hearing the horrific facts of his uncle’s death ov

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