Six weeks before he was executed in June 1998, Clifford Boggess wrote this
open letter to the family and friends of his two murder victims. It was
published in a local newspaper.
She had been at the store just moments
before Boggess robbed and murdered her 70-year old grandfather. After years of
pain and guilt about not having somehow tried to save her "Pa Pa," she
decided to write this letter asking Boggess to explain 'why.'
Boggess took six weeks to respond to Lisa Hazelwood's letter. In his reply he goes into detail about
the murder and his remorse. He also discusses his childhood,his
Christian conversion and quotes Bible passages and articles which he suggests
may comfort her. The effect of this letter is to make the whole Hazelwood
family even angrier.
In this letter to Boggess, Lisa Hazelwood says she will be
coming in 8 days to Huntsville, Texas for his execution, but
hasn't decided yet whether she will go to the viewing room to witness his death by
lethal injection. (In the end, she goes.)