Suzanne Basso, Texas
Suzanne Margaret Basso was executed by the state of Texas on February 5, 2014. She was pronounced dead at 6:26 pm local time, inside the execution chamber at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Suzanne was 59 years of age. She was executed for the kidnapping and brutal torture of 59-year-old Louis “Buddy” Musso. Buddy was mentally retarded, but lived independently. He was kidnapped on August 26, 1998, and tortured for five days resulting in his death. Suzanne’s previous husband died of extreme malnourishment and regurgitation of stomach acid, although Basso was never charged in his death.
Suzanne was raised in poverty by an abusive and alcoholic father. She was sexually molested by several male relatives during her childhood, as well as physically abused by male and female family members. Suzanne graduated from high school, although she performed poorly in school. Before her arrest, Suzanne worked a variety of jobs including as an office clerk, seamstress, and laborer. Suzanne’s children testified that she verbally, physically, and sexually abused them and that Suzanne encouraged her husband to abuse the children.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Buddy Musso. Please pray for the family of Suzanne Basso.
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