Inspirational Journeys Presents: The Story of How Lisa Knopp Befriended a Death Row Inmate

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This week, my special guest shares the story of how she befriended a death row inmate and wrote his story through letters and other research. Fix up your favorite beverage, pull up a chair and eavesdrop on this fascinating conversation


The Story of How Lisa Knop Befriended a Death Row Inmate


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Lisa Knopp


Tuesday, September 20, 2022


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Lisa Knopp is the author of seven books of creative nonfiction including Bread: A Memoir of Hunger and What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte. Her essays have appeared in the best journals including Georgia Review, Seneca Review, Missouri Review, Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Brevity. Knopp is a Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She lives in Lincoln.

Lisa’s featured book is entitled: From Your Friend, Carey Dean: Letters from Nebraska’s Death Row.


When Lisa Knopp visited Nebraska’s death row with other death penalty abolitionists in 1995, she couldn’t have imagined that one of the inmates she met that day would become a dear friend. For the next 23 years, through visits, phone calls, and letters, a remarkable, platonic friendship flourished between Knopp, an English professor, and Carey Dean Moore, who’d murdered two Omaha cab drivers in 1979 and was executed for by lethal injection in 2018. 

In her open and insightful new book, From Your Friend, Carey Dean: Letters from Nebraska’s Death Row(Cascade BooksJune 2022, $21.00 paperback, $9.99 eBook) Knopp tells two other stories as well. One is that of a broken correctional system (Nebraska’s prisons are overcrowded, understaffed, and underfunded, and excessive in their use of solitary confinement), and what it’s like to be incarcerated there, which Moore frequently spoke and wrote about. The other is the story of how a double murderer was transformed and nourished by his faith in God’s promises. Though Moore and Knopp were different types of Christians (he, a Biblical literalist and evangelical; she, a Biblical contextualist with progressive leanings), they shared an enduring faith in God’s grace and mercy.

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