Crossing the River Styx: The Memoir of a Death Row Chaplain

Crossing the River Styx

By Russ Ford, Charles Peppers, Todd C. Peppers. Reverend Ford shares stories from his experiences serving as the head chaplain on Virginia’s death row for eighteen years in the 1980s and 1990s. He forged close bonds with the condemned and developing a nuanced understanding of their crimes, their early struggles, and their challenges behind bars. He stood watch with twenty-eight of them, sitting in the death house during the final days and hours of their lives. A unique and compelling read, provides a moving and unflinching portrait of death row, revealing the cruelties of this state-sanctioned violence. Read more.