The Law: Much Ado About Gary

What's to become of Gilmore, the killer who wanted to die? Will they just do away with Gilmore, or will they give him another try?

—The Ballad of Gary Gilmore

To all appearances, the long wait seemed almost over for Gary Mark Gilmore last week. Just as he had been demanding ever since his conviction two months ago for the murder of a 25-year-old motel clerk in Provo, Utah, Gilmore was being given the right to die. After a steamy two-hour hearing before the state board of pardons, the board voted 2 to 1 to...

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