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July 19, 2010

RESIGNED TO DIE

Ronson Bush confessed to killing his best friend; now, he says, the responsible thing to do is die.

— Confessed killer Ronson Bush lives in an 11 by 15-foot cell on Death Row at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.

If you can call that living.

Having waived all of his appeals, he quietly awaits his execution, set for some time next summer, amid mottled gray concrete walls, reinforced glass, iron bars and razor

wire. Five days a week he is allowed to go outside for an hour into a 40 by 40-foot area with high walls and steel mesh overhead.

He cannot see the sun or the green summer trees. Only the concrete walls.

His world is mostly gray, with only a few colorful snapshots of his family to break up the monotony.

"The hardest part is waiting and the pain I've caused everybody for no reason. I feel what they feel, and, on top of that, I've got the guilt of doing it," he said. "The waiting makes you second guess yourself, your faith…but when they execute me, I’ll have a clear conscience. I stood up and took responsibility for my part.”

Bush spends his days in the small cell reading the Bible and watching TV. Dirty Jobs, Pawn Stars and American Pickers are a few of the programs he watches to pass the time. Shows that portray scenes of life on the “outside.”

A place Bush will never know again.

The murder

On Dec. 22, 2008, Bush shot and killed Billy Harrington, his long-time best friend and confidant.

Bush first shot Harrington as he sat in his easy chair in his own living room. Harrington then stumbled outside into the frigid winter night, making his way down the porch stairs. Bush followed him and shot him again. This time in the back.

Bush then went into a nearby barn and came back with a length of rope which he used to tie Harrington’s leg to the back of a pick up truck. He then dragged his dying friend into a field and left him.

The actions of a cold-blooded killer.

A monster some might say.

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