A Dead Man's Walk Ends Far from Home

Gregory Summers' last request sounded like the far-flung pinings of a romantic poet. Just before he died, the 48-year-old told friends he wanted Tuscany to be his final resting place. Summers' burial plea, though, was not that of a sentimental soul, but of a Texan triple-murder convict on death row. And Tuscany held no special place in his heart.

"Anywhere but Texas," was how Summers had put it to Maartje Kok-de Bruijn, an Amsterdam bookstore clerk who led a European campaign to overturn his 1991 conviction — based solely on circumstantial evidence — for contracting the stabbing...

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