Interview with Tom Wicker
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

What were your feelings when you walked out of the D yard the last time?

TOM WICKER:

Oh I, I, I had the feeling that I had, that a lot of people I had come to know and had some strong and emotional relationship with in two days in a situation that very few other people had ever been placed in. Just a, a kind of a closeness that had developed. Not, it never would have developed between me and any of those people outside of that prison because we wouldn't have come together, but it had developed. I felt that that was, that was coming to an end, men that I had come to know who were going to die and die needlessly, I felt needlessly, then and needless--needlessly now. All these years later I feel even more strongly that it was needless, that it need not have happened.

INTERVIEWER:

I'd like to ask you that question again. If you could include the last thought with, when I left the yard for the last time.

TOM WICKER:

Well I can't say what I just said again very well, but when I left the yard for the last time--

INTERVIEWER:

Nah, that's all right.

TOM WICKER:

You know it's, I had a very strong feeling that men with whom I had in a very strange and odd way developed a relationship with, a relationship I never would have had before, never have had since, that these men, you know, that they were going to die. There was no doubt in my mind that they were going to die.

INTERVIEWER:

Can we stop a second?