After 23 years on death row, for a crime he claims he didn't commit, Nick Yarris learned there were more concrete things in this life to be afraid of than the irrational fear of the number 13.
Nick Yarris appreciated the little things in life. The rain, even though he couldn't see it from his cell, he still described as "beautiful". Not exactly the stereotypical thoughts of a killer.
In a flash of realization Nick Yarris accepted his fate. Oddly enough, for a guy who has spent over two decades on death row there seems to be a complete lack of any fear. Perhaps he thought the final judgement, the one before the pearly gates, would be more forgiving than that granted by the judicial system.
"Dear Judge ... As a criminal plaintive I ask the one right that I have remaining to me as a condemned prisoner be recognized. That is, a condemned man's right to be executed. I hereby ask that counsel be dismissed. That my record be then transmitted to Governor ... for my execution date to be set within sixty days of receipt of this letter. I hereby swear that I am sane at the time of this writing. Signed, Nicholas James Yarris August 2002."
But, even that didn't go according to plan.
The Fear of 13 will be screening at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 @ 6:30 pm & 9:15 pm
Thursday, February 4th, 2016 @ 6:45 pm