The subsequently widely shared message, also called “letter from a death row inmate,” held:A death row inmate awaiting execution, asked as a last wish a pencil and paper. After writing for several minutes, the convict called the prison guard and asked that this letter be handed over to his biological mother.
The letter said …
Mother, if there were more justice in this world, we would be both executed and not just me. You’re as guilty as I am for the life I led.
Remind yourself when I stole and bring home the bicycle of a boy like me? You helped me to hide the bicycle for my father did not see it. Do you remember the time I stole money from the neighbor’s wallet?
You went with me to the mall to spend it.
Do you remember when I argued with my father and he’s gone?
He just wanted to correct me because I stole the final result of the
competition and for that I had been expelled.
Mom, I was just a child, shortly after I became a troubled teenager and now I’m a pretty malformed man.
Mom, I was just a child in need of correction, and not an approval. But I forgive you!
I just want this letter to reach the greatest number of parents in the
world, so they can know what makes all people, good or bad …is education. Thank you mother for giving me life and also helping me to lose it.
Your child offender.
In terms of couched morality lessons, the “letter from a death row inmate” wasn’t even a very helpful one. Had it been real, it simply would have been an example of one individual’s projection of responsibility for criminal behavior, and not a legitimate indictment of the merit of mothers. None of the convict’s mother’s purported crimes sounded like common behaviors for even the worst parents; at best, the letter simply represented its writer’s presumptions about the moral failings of lifestyles of mothers of troubled boys.