The Audiovisual «A Texas Murder Story» shows how the argument «an eye for an eye» creates an additional victim – the family of executed offender.
James Colburn was executed on March 26, 2003 by lethal injection. He had killed the 55 year old Peggy Murphy in 1994 after she had rejected his sexual advances. Already in his youth he had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. His family had subsequently arranged to have him accepted into a psychiatric hospital. The authorities refused any help and the Colburn’s family were without financial means. The jury had the choice of death sentence or life imprisonment. They did not take into account Colburn’s psychiatric condition before fixing the sentence and decided for the death penalty. The simple meaning of such justice is «An eye for an eye».
Then years ago, the young Swiss photojournalist Fabian Biasio realized the report «diary of an execution». The story doesn't go into great detail concerning Colburn’s mental health. He only appears in a few images, in fact. Instead the heart-breaking show gives us pictures of his sister Tina, in the days leading up to his execution and immediately after.
Tina loved her brother all her life. She shouted in the death chamber auditorium through the glass, «I love you James,» while the lethal poison was running into his veins.
Fabian Biasio realized the Audiovisual with the images from 2003 and also new videos, interviews and photos of Tina ten years after her brother’s execution.