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With bishop present, death row inmate executed, praying ‘Hail Mary’

May 14, 2010

A hitchhiker who murdered one man and shot two others in the Cincinnati area in 1983 was executed in a prison in Ohio on May 13. Present at the execution of Michael Beuke was Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Steubenville, whom the Associated Press described as a spiritual adviser to Beuke.

Before he was executed, Beuke said he had experienced a conversion while in prison. Apologizing to the victims’ family members, he asked “that God will ease the pain I have caused my victims” and prayed the Hail Mary repeatedly before his death.


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 14, 2010 11:00 AM ET USA

    Simple and beautiful....; This Bishop did not engage regarding any agenda or "political goals" but merely carried out humbly a priest's primary function...; that is , the saving of a soul. By this he has taught more to his priests than a dozen "workshops!"