Updated: September 17, 2018
Please pray for these men and women. Pray for salvation if unsaved, peace if saved, and that the innocent shall be revealed before they are executed. "The Lord is slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).
Due to ongoing legal challenges, Ohio has rescheduled multiple executions, multiple times. Beginning with 2018, this list contains only current Ohio executions. Click here for more information about Ohio's legal challenges.
What does receiving a personal letter mean to you? How does it make you feel? When we look at a return address and realize that the letter is from a friend, we feel loved. We cannot wait cherish every word in the message held inside! In today’s fast-paced world, letter writing is quickly becoming a thing of the past, yet for some, the men and women on death row, it is the only way they can communicate with the world. Since March 8, 2005, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has strived to give the over 3,000 men and women on death row the same feeling that you have when you receive a letter; loved. Our letters carry more than just the love of every member of The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries’ team, which include the individuals (like you!) who help finance the letter writing ministry. Our letters also, and more importantly, carry the love of Jesus Christ! In each letter, we share how much Jesus loves them. He has already paid the debt of their sin, the debt of the murders for which they are convicted. We share with them that Jesus has freely paid that price, and that they are forgiven! They must only accept Jesus Christ’s forgiveness, making Him Lord of their lives! The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries works toward honoring the “Great Commission,” with our mail ministry to the men and women on death row. View our donations page to discover how you can help The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries minister to the men and women on death row.
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018 10:46 am EDT
Juan Ramon Meza Segundo is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Fifty-five-year-old Juan is convicted of raping and murdering 11-year-old Vanessa Villa on August 3, 1986, in Fort Worth, Texas. Juan has spent the last 11 years on Texas’ death row.
Juan was born in Los Angeles, California. Juan had a difficult childhood, often not having enough food. His father was physically abusive, eventually causing the family to move to El Paso, Texas. Juan also spent some time in an orphanage, before being returned to his mother, who remarried. His step-father was also physically abusive. He dropped out of school after the 7th grade. Prior to his arrest, he worked as a landscaper and general laborer. In 1988, Juan was given a 10-year prison sentence for burglary of a habitation. He was released on parole after serving just one year. While on parole, Juan was convicted of driving while intoxicated, adding five more years to his sentence.
Vanessa Villa lived in Fort Worth, Texas with her mother, Rosa Clark; her brother Enrique; and her aunt, Alicia Avila; and her aunt’s three children. On Saturday, August 2, 1986, Vanessa returned home in the evening after working at a flea market. Tired, she went to bed immediately, full clothed. Later that night, her mother and aunt left to run some errands. When they returned, Rosa went to check on Vanessa.
Rosa quickly yelled for Alicia. Vanessa was unconscious on the bed. She was bare from the waist down and her top had been pushed up. Her legs were slightly apart, with fluid on her legs. The window fan in the room had been pushed inside and the window screen was loosely hanging. They called the police and Vanessa was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later. The cause of death was strangulation.
Police were able to collect DNA evidence and it was used to rule out several possible suspects. Vanessa’s rape and murder eventually became a “cold case.”
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018 10:58 am EDT
Edmund “Ed” George Zagorski is scheduled to be executed at 10 pm CST, on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at the Riverbed Maximum Security Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. Sixty-three-year-old Ed is convicted of murdering John Dale Dotson and Jimmy Porter on April 23, 1983, in Robertson County, Tennessee. Ed has spent the past 34 years on Tennessee’s death row.
Ed was born in Michigan and grew up in a very poor family. Ed never completed high school and had a learning disability. He had trained to become a boat captain.
Ed Zagorski first met John Dotson at a trout farm in Bucksnort, Tennessee on April 5, 1983. Zagorski claimed to be a mercenary from Central America. Zagorski agreed to supply John with a large marijuana purchase, 100 pounds for $23,000. Zagorski told John that the marijuana would be dropped by airplane on April 21, 1983.
Zagorski informed John when the marijuana had arrived and the two arranged to meet at Spot, Tennessee, on April 23, 1983, around 6 pm. John and his friend Jimmy Porter met at a tavern with the money before going to meet Zagorski. The tavern operator saw the money in the bag, along with a pistol. They left in Jimmy’s red truck and were never seen alive again.
Updated: Monday, September 17, 2018 10:50 am EDT
Raymond Tibbetts was scheduled to be execution at 10 am EDT, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. Raymond has been granted clemency by Governor John Kasich. Sixty-one-year-old Raymond is convicted of murdering his wife, Judith Sue Crawford, and 67-year-old Fred Hicks on November 6, 1997, inside of Fred’s Cincinnati home, where they all lived. Raymond has spent the last 20 years of his life on Ohio’s death row.
Raymond alleged that he had a “miserable” and “horrible” childhood, as his parents were drug users, causing him to be in and out of foster care beginning at an early age. Raymond played football in high school until he suffered a knee injury. At a young age, Raymond began getting into trouble with law enforcement, eventually resulting in prison time.
Fred Hicks suffered from emphysema and had hired Judith Crawford as his live-in caretaker in his Cincinnati, Ohio home. In late September 1997, Judith married Raymond Tibbetts who also moved into Fred’s house. Fred’s sister, Joan Landwehr would often visit with Fred to check on him.
On November 6, 1997, Joan arrived at Fred’s home for a lunch date. Upon knocking and receiving no response, Joan let herself into the house with her spare key. She also noticed that Fred’s vehicle was missing. After entering, Joan went to the second floor where she found her brother’s body slumped in a chair. Fred’s chest and stomach were bloody and the pants pocket where he normally kept his money was turned inside out. Joan immediately called the police.
September 17, 2018
Rodney Scott Berget is scheduled to be executed some time during the week of October 28-November 3, 2018, at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The exact day and time of the execution will be announced closer to the execution. Fifty-five-year-old Rodney is convicted of the murder of 63-year-old correctional officer Ronald Johnson on April 12, 2011, at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. Rodney has spent the last six years on South Dakota’s death row.
Rodney grew up in a poverty-ridden home in South Dakota and had four other siblings. Rodney’s father failed as a farmer before going to work for the state highway department. His mother was a bar manager at a local Holiday Inn. Allegedly Rodney’s father was an alcoholic and physical abusive when he was home. Rodney’s parent’s eventually divorced and Rodney, and his brother Roger, began getting into trouble. As a teenager, Rodney spent time in prison. At the age of 25, Rodney was serving time for grand theft, when he participated in an escape attempt. He was capture one month later. In 2003, Rodney was arrested and convicted of kidnapping and attempted murder. Rodney was given an 80-year sentence. Rodney’s older brother, Roger, was executed in 2000, for a 1987, car-jacking and murder in Oklahoma.
While serving his time for kidnapping and attempted robbery, Rodney Berget met fellow inmate Eric Robert. Together the two men made a plan to escape or die trying. A third inmate supplied them with the necessary equipment.