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Missouri murderer reaps benefits of religious conversion

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By Steve Inskeep, NPR

Washington, DC – Darrell Mease, a convicted murderer, was scheduled to die in Missouri when his prayers were answered.

Pope John Paul II won Mease, a Christian convert, a commutation of his death sentence during the Pope's 1999 visit to St. Louis.

NPRs Steve Inskeep talks to author Michael Cuneo about his two-year old book Almost Midnight, which chronicles Mease's case.

To hear Inskeep's interview, click here.

To hear a sound bite of Gov. Carnahan from 1999 on why he decided to take Mease off death row, click here.

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