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     James Allridge III 
                                       
      Texecuted August 26, 2004
    
             
                      Visit James Allridge's Official webpage at:
    www.jamesvallridgeiii.com

     James V. Allridge III - International Homepage
       James V. Allridge III - Official Homepage (VERSION FRANCAISE)
          James V. Allridge III - Official Homepage (DEUTSCHE VERSION)
        James Allridge - ALIVE Europe (English Version)
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            View Or Purchase Cards By James
       The themes are Koala Bear, Long-Tailed Weasel, Tiger Lilies, Monarch Butterflies, 
Anemones and Gladiolus. These all occasion designs are offered in assorted pastel colors (mint green,cloud blue, blush pink, lilac, and lemon yellow. )  White envelopes are included. The Notelets are suitable for general greetings, brief messages, or an informal letter. 
The Noteletes are offered in sets of 12 per design or an assorted set (2 of each design) for 
a contribution of $5.00, plus postage and handling.  - from a note from James Allridge
                       James Official Artwork webpage:
          http://www.lightexpressions.net/

  More of James Allridge's Artwork from "Absolute Art"
   More of James Allridge's Art from "Dart Fine Art"
         More of James Allridge's Art from "The Fortune Society"
   Actress Susan Sarandon Visits James Allridge
Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon was in Texas visiting a death row inmate, a convicted murderer with whom the star has been corresponding for several years.
Sarandon showed up at a Livingston, Texas, prison Wednesday for an unannounced meeting with James Vernon Allridge III, who is scheduled for execution Aug. 26, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.  The two became pen pals after Sarandon purchased detailed drawings of flowers and animals Allridge creates with colored pencils. I'm trying to be as low profile as possible. It fits the strategy at this time, Sarandon said about her visit.  Susan is just here for a visit. ... She just told him to stay strong, that she would pray for him and was thinking of him, said David Atwood, founder of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, who took Sarandon to the prison. Whether Sarandon will work to have Allridge's execution stayed will be left to the attorneys, Atwood said. Allridge, 41, has spent the past 17 years on death row for murdering a convenience store clerk while robbing the store of $300 in 1985. - From Bignewsnetwork.com

            Remorseful Killer Follows his Brother to Execution

An apologetic James Allridge, whose case attracted the attention of celebrity capital punishment opponents, was executed for killing a Fort Worth, Texas, convenience store clerk 19 years ago.    His brother had also been executed for murder in 1995.
Speaking slowly and quietly with his voice halting at times, Allridge thanked his family and friends for loving him and expressed remorse.
“I am sorry, I really am,” he said in a brief final statement. “I am sorry I destroyed y’all’s life,” he said looking at the family of his victim. “Thank you for forgiving me. To the moon and back, I love you all.”  “I leave you all as I came – in love,” he said. Nine minutes later, he was pronounced dead.
Allridge, 41, executed in Huntsville, was the 12th Texas inmate executed this year.
Allridge was visited last month by actress Susan Sarandon, who purchased some of his prison-made artwork and for years corresponded with him.
Sarandon, 57, won an Academy Award in 1996 for her portrayal of death penalty opponent Helen Prejean in the movie version of the New Orleans-based nun’s book Dead Man Walking.
Prejean was among the people who witnessed the execution. She whispered a brief prayer after Allridge slipped into unconsciousness and comforted Allridge’s relatives.
Allridge’s brother, Ronald, was put to death in 1995 for killing a woman during the robbery of a Fort Worth fast-food restaurant, part of a two-month crime spree that targeted convenience stores and fast-food places.
“Our parents have lost their second son by lethal injection to the state of Texas,” two of Allridge’s brothers, who also witnessed the execution, said in a statement. “Their pain is incomprehensible. Our fractured, but thriving family will endure.”
Unlike his brother, who had also served time for killing a classmate at age 15, the crime wave appeared to be out of character for James Allridge, who had no previous criminal record.
He was described as a good student and hard worker but someone who fell under the control and demands of an older violent brother who intimidated him.
Two other sets of brothers have received lethal injection in Texas, which by far leads the nation in carrying out the death penalty. Prison records show four pairs of brothers were put to death in the 1920s and 1930s, when the electric chair was the method of punishment.    
- The Scotsman


                   The Art of James V. Allridge III

Tackling the question of restitution is akin to tackling the question of pro- or anti-death penalty sentiments.  I don't wish to make restitution as a means to atone for past sins, to seek redemption or to gain forgiveness. These are issues that must be, and which I already have, taken up with God.

Humanity as a whole can be seen as a puzzle.  We all are a small part of the whole.  When a life is taken, one piece of that puzzle is taken away and cannot be replaced because it is individual and unique onto itself. This is why I concede that there is nothing with which I, or anyone else, could ever do to replace the life that was taken.  However, my art allows me to contribute to the entire picture-the whole of humanity.  My art allows me to give back something purposeful, productive, constructive and meaningful.  By giving back a small part of me with each piece of art I create, I am giving back to society.

I don't ask for forgiveness or recognition from anyone for what I do. I do it simply because I believe it is the right thing to do and for no other reason.  I would hope that anyone who has lost a loved one to a senseless act of violence would only want the world to be a better place as a result of their loved one's death.

It is my belief that society would be better served by seeing a changed individual because of what he has learned from the experience than by adding to the cycle of violence by taking yet, another life.

James V. Allridge, III
Death Row, Terrell Unit
Livingston, Texas

James V. Allridge III donates his share of the art show proceeds to the Texas Association Of X-Offenders (TAX). TAX is a faith-based criminal recovery and relapse prevention program that targets adult inmates, inmate families, parolees, probationers, and x-offenders.  Its programs are structure- and curriculum based.  The idea of TAX is to provide a positive identity group for those impacted by the criminal justice system that will help them achieve a crime-free, drug/alcohol-free, prison-free prosocial lifestyle.

The TAX program is not only preventive, but redemptive. Its primary goal is developing human potential through personal empowerment.  To rescue a person from a life wasted on crime, drugs, violence, and abuse, you must--so to speak--take that person to the other side of the mountain and show them what is there.  TAX does that through role modeling, curriculum-based self-help programs, and peer support groups.


James Vernon Allridge III was born on November 14, 1962 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, while his father was stationed there in the Army. He remained there until he was 5 years of age, when his father was forced to retire due to a heart condition (he now has a pacemaker).  Upon his father' s retirement the family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where his parents and three younger brothers still live.

James attended school in Fort Worth. He attended Green B. Trimble Technical High School where he was an honor student, a three-year letterman on the Tennis Team and was offered a scholarship at Weatherford College, which he declined to work at his vocation in Mill & Cabinetmaking. He later went into management in the Fast Food Industry where he later co-owned and operated his own business, all before the age of twenty-two.

On March 25, 1985, James was arrested along with his brother Ronald K. Allridge, for the robbery/slaying of a Circle K Convenience Store clerk. Ronald was executed by the State of Texas on June 8,1995.

During his trial, James' court appointed attorneys did very little to defend him and even less on his appeal. His court appointed attorneys dropped off his case when it was affirmed at the State level. James has had 3 execution dates set since being on Death Row. He came within 5 days of being executed on his last date.

Fortunately, with the help of friends and supporters in the U.S. and Switzerland, money was raised through the Fund for Life (FFL) - a legal fund for James - and an attorney by the name of Steven C. Losch was hired to continue his appeal.
The court appointed attorney did a very poor job when he filed his State Writ of Habeas Corpus. Mr. Losch subsequently filed his Writ of Habeas Corpus in Federal Court which the federal magistrate ruled against. The ruling was based on the Anti Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. The Supreme Court later ruled that this law could not be applied retroactively. Mr. Losch filed a motion contesting the ruling and they are currently awaiting a ruling.

During his incarceration, James has become a self taught artist and writer. With no formal art training, he now has over 360 works in private collections. He has been recognized for his works in colored pencil at the Annual Prison Art Show & Exhibit held in Huntsville, Texas, and his works have been on display in Washington, D.C.. His pen & ink illustrations have appeared on numerous newsletters throughout the U.S. and Switzerland. Two of his fine art drawings have appeared on the cover of the Journal for Prisoners on Prisons In April of 1996, James had his first one man art exhibit in Switzerland to help raise money for the FFL.

C.U.R.E. (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation for Errants) purchased several of his illustrations for their line of all occasion note cards. Continuing in this fashion, James decided to produce his own line of handmade Christmas and all occasion greeting cards. Since 1993 they have sold throughout the U.S., Switzerland, Ireland, France, Holland and the United Kingdom. They have been purchased by such notables as Gloria Steinem, Susan Sarandon and Sting. He has gotten letters of support and encouragement from Maya Angelou, Robert Redford, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ted Turner and Elizabeth Taylor.
James also has a scattering of essays, articles, letters and poems that have been published in various publications. He has self published a collection of poetry and prose entitled Deadly Executioner. It is dedicated to the men, and now one woman who have been executed by the State of Texas since the reinstatement of the death penalty.

In addition to those things, he's also gone to college at Sam Houston State University through their Correspondence Program where he majored in Business Administration and maintained a 4.0 G.P.A.

He also served on the Board of Directors of the Lamp of Hope Project (LHP),
a Death Row based organization to help educate the public on the common misconceptions surrounding the death penalty and to provide services for those here on Texas' S Death Row.

James has made all of these accomplishments in a never ending struggle to disprove the prosecution's5 contention that he is a "continuing threat to society". It is his hope that all of these accomplishments will receive a favorable ruling from the Board of Pardons and Paroles and work towards having his sentence commuted to life. James'  primary concern has always been to have his sentence commuted to life.

James believes that he has made many valuable contributions to society through his art and writing and wishes to continue making those contributions, even if from a prison cell.

With your help and support he can.

Will you help to save his life?


            To contact James directly, write to:
                                                      
                  James V. Allridge III  000870
                            Polunsky Unit
                      Huntsville, Texas 77343
To make a contribution in the U.S.:

James V. Allridge
P.O. Box 19035
Fort Worth, Texas 76119


To make a contribution in Europe:

Fund for Life
for James V. Allridge
Postfach
CH 4002 Basel
SWITZERLAND


            Visit James Allridge's Official Art webpage at:
 http://www.lightexpressions.net/


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