2nd Sept 04
The Passion of The Christ
Fifty-seven-year old Blue, a member of the original Aryan Brotherhood in Arizona, was released from SMU earlier this year, after spending half of his life in prison. Towards the end of his sentence he had become a born-again Christian. One of his goals for when he got out was to go and see the movie, The Passion of The Christ. Blue realised that goal during the first week of his release.
The Jesus movie affected Blue profoundly. He wept as he watched it, and his violent past weighed heavily on his mind. Whilst watching the movie, Blue made a decision that would change the rest of his life.
After viewing The Passion, Blue turned himself in to the authorities and confessed to a crime he had committed in 1979. Whilst incarcerated at Central Unit, Blue had struck another inmate 15 times in the head with a hammer. The bludgeoning had killed the victim. Blue was recently convicted of this murder upon the evidence of his own testimony. For his atonement he was given a 25-year-to-life sentence , but at least he was spared the death penalty. Blue is now back home at SMU.