Condemned killer Don Johnson releases letter to his family on eve of his execution


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – With his execution just hours away, condemned killer Don Johnson asked his attorney to release a letter he wrote to his family. 

Johnson was convicted of killing his wife by stuffing a plastic trash bag down her throat. 

He is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Thursday evening and has been on death row for more than 30 years. 

The Supreme Court rejected his appeal and Governor Lee has refused to grant clemency.

Johnson’s letter is addressed to his son Jason, his daughter Cindy, and his wife’s family. He says, “I would humbly ask for your forgiveness for the pain that I have caused for you and so many others in my life.”

He admits, “I was not a man but a monster” and says he was at the bottom of the barrel when he turned to the Lord. 

Here’s the full text of Johnson’s letter with his signature, dated May 10, 2019

To all of those and the pain that I have caused.
Especially: My Son Jason, My Daughter Cindy, and Connie’s family,

   I would humbly ask for your forgiveness for the pain that I have caused for you and so
many others in my life. Yet mere words just do not seem to be sufficient when I speak them! I
truly regret my life and what I became in the process. I am and will continue to carry the pain of
all the grief that I have caused others to endure and that have hurt so many others.
   It is because of the person that I had become that I found that I was not a man but a
monster and I was determined this would no longer be acceptable and I sought the Lord for I
was at the bottom of the barrel and the only way left for me was up, I remember some of what I
a had learned and heard in church that the only possibili\y left for me was to take it to the Lord
and I earnestly sought the Lord and still do each day and will continue to until I draw my last
here on this earth.
   It was the life that I had chosen that lead to the darkest day I had ever experienced and
not until I took the responsibility for my wife Connie’s death could I receive forgiveness and
start on that road to healing. The Lord in His mercy has forgiven me and all I can so is pray
that you too will find it in your heart to forgive me as well, for there is no way I can fix or take
back the person that I had become, and not a day goes by that I do not experience the pain of
knowing the grief I had caused so many others to suffer in the process.
   For as long as I live I will carry with me the knowledge of the things I have done and the grief I have caused others to suffer and will continue to pray for the lord to make me a better person 
that I may share some hope and share the love of the Lord which has been shown to
me, please forgive me and ask the Lord to help you and comfort you and to ease the pain and
grief you have suffered that I am responsible and have caused. I truly am sorry and if I knew something that I could do to ease your pain I would gladly do it. 

In Christ Love May the Lord give you peace

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