Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under was a critically acclaimed and popular television drama produced by HBO. It first aired on June 3, 2001 and concluded its fifth and final season run in the USA on August 21, 2005.
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The show, created by Alan Ball, stars Peter Krause as Nathaniel ("Nate") Fisher, Jr., the son of a funeral director who reluctantly becomes a partner in the family funeral business with his brother David, played by Michael C. Hall. The Fisher clan also includes mother Ruth (Frances Conroy) and sister Claire (Lauren Ambrose). Other regulars include mortician and family friend Federico Diaz (Freddy Rodriguez), Nate's longtime girlfriend and eventual wife Brenda Chenowith (Rachel Griffiths), and David's boyfriend and eventual husband Keith Charles (Mathew St. Patrick).
The show revolves around the world of Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home, a fictitious mortuary set in present day Los Angeles, California (2000–2005).
On one level, the show is a conventional family drama, dealing with such issues as relationships, infidelity, homosexuality, and religion. At the same time, it is a show that is distinguished by its unblinking focus on the topic of death, which it explores on multiple levels (personal, religious, and philosophical), rather than treating it as a convenient impetus for the solution of a murder. Each episode begins with a death—anything from drowning or heart attack to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—and that death usually sets the tone for each episode, allowing the characters to reflect on their current fortunes and misfortunes in a way that is illuminated by the death and its aftermath. In Season 5, the episode All Alone was the first ever to open without a death, focusing instead on a death revealed at the end of the previous episode. The only other episode that did not feature an opening death scene was the series finale, Everyone's Waiting, which instead began with a birth, and ended with the future death scenes of all of the main characters.
A recurring plot device consists in a character having an imaginary conversation with the person who died at the beginning of the episode. Sometimes, the conversation is with other recurring dead characters, notably Nathaniel Fisher Sr., and, more recently, Nate's late wife Lisa. They represent the living character's internal dialogue by exposing it as an external conversation. In the later seasons, another device is also used where a real conversation between two living characters slips into the imaginary and becomes unrealistic. The shift cannot be clearly distinguished from the normal flow of the scene until an abrupt cut brings us slightly back in time and reveals the imaginary nature of the past moment.The Fisher family in an earlier season.
In November 2004, series creator and executive producer Alan Ball announced that the fifth season would be the show's last. The producers and writers felt that after 63 episodes they had told their "story". The series concluded after five seasons, with the finale airing on August 21, 2005.
SettingThe Fisher & Sons Funeral Home in 2001.
Six Feet Under, being a show about death, is also a show about time; each episode is set in a particular month in a "contemporary universe" that spans the period from 2000–2005. Nathaniel Fisher, Sr. (played by Richard Jenkins) dies in the pilot, which begins on December 24, 2000. The next episode is set on January 8, 2001 . Some of the deaths in the series have occurred in other periods, such as the 1970s and the 1950s; in these cases, the story is brought up to date so that the plot revolves around the ramifications of the death, rather than the death itself.
The show devotes considerable attention to continuity. Sometimes six months passes between each episode; on other occasions, a day. In all cases, the story carries on from where it left off in the previous episode.
Cast & Characters
List of episodes
Guest Starring roles
Six Feet Under has had several guest star appearances by Hollywood actors either portraying themselves or playing a character on the series.
PromotionalsPromotional for the 2005 season, which features Claire driving her trademark lime green hearse into the sunset.
As Six Feet Under gradually became a topic in pop culture after Season 1, HBO came up with very stylish promotional ads to promote the anticipation of upcoming seasons. The promos often depicted the mood that may have occurred in previous episodes or foretold future scenarios. Music, according to creator Alan Ball, plays an integral role in the life of Six Feet Under, as it depicts the mood of the Fishers.
The following songs were played during the teaser trailers for the seasons following Season 1:
Two soundtrack albums, featuring music that had appeared in the series, were released:
In March 2005, HBO announced that the final season of Six Feet Under would be moved to Monday evenings starting June 6. The reason being to add an additional night of programming to the HBO lineup for their upcoming summer season which included Entourage and The Comeback. Much to the chagrin of loyal viewers since every episode prior had aired on a Sunday, it would be foolish to move the series during its final season. The Monday night experiment ultimately failed due to decreased ratings and complaints. Six Feet Under returned to its old timeslot on July 10, 2005 after having been in the new timeslot for only five episodes.
The following is a timeframe which features the year the particular episode is set in. Not to be confused with the actual year the episode originally aired.
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Not to be confused with the actual year the episode originally aired.   The defense of Stanley Tookie Williams stated that this was a lie purported by the police department, and in their Reply Petition for Executive Clemency they attached a declaration from Lafayette Jones' mother which declared, under penalty of perjury, that Lafayette was not Stanley Tookie Williams' son. The following is a timeframe which features the year the particular episode is set in. The police department identified Jones as the son of Stanley Tookie Williams. Six Feet Under returned to its old timeslot on July 10, 2005 after having been in the new timeslot for only five episodes. In November 2005, the Fontana, California Police Department advised print and television media that a warrant had been issued for a registered sex offender, Lafayette Jones. The Monday night experiment ultimately failed due to decreased ratings and complaints. was sentenced to sixteen years in prison for second-degree murder.
Much to the chagrin of loyal viewers since every episode prior had aired on a Sunday, it would be foolish to move the series during its final season. Williams, Jr. The reason being to add an additional night of programming to the HBO lineup for their upcoming summer season which included Entourage and The Comeback. Stanley Williams' other son, Stanley "Little Tookie" Williams, Jr., a Neighborhood Crip, was found guilty of shooting a twenty year-old woman to death in an alley off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. In March 2005, HBO announced that the final season of Six Feet Under would be moved to Monday evenings starting June 6. . Two soundtrack albums, featuring music that had appeared in the series, were released:. He said, "I feel it's my duty to go on a worldwide campaign to show that redemption is real," he said.
The following songs were played during the teaser trailers for the seasons following Season 1:. According to the December 21, 2005 article, "Funeral Service Celebrates Williams' Conversion From Violence to Peace; About 2,000 mourners hear celebrities and friends call the Crips' co-founder's execution a waste and praise his advocacy for children" written by LA Times Staff Writer Lisa Richardson, Willliams' son "brought the church to its feet" when he promised to teach Schwarzenegger about redemption. Music, according to creator Alan Ball, plays an integral role in the life of Six Feet Under, as it depicts the mood of the Fishers. Travon was the only family member who spoke at the funeral. The promos often depicted the mood that may have occurred in previous episodes or foretold future scenarios. . As Six Feet Under gradually became a topic in pop culture after Season 1, HBO came up with very stylish promotional ads to promote the anticipation of upcoming seasons.  Travon is married, a father, owns a home and works for a social services agency in the Los Angeles area, said Barbara Becnel, Stanley Williams' co-author, according to Associated Press writer Kim Curtis in November 2005.
Six Feet Under has had several guest star appearances by Hollywood actors either portraying themselves or playing a character on the series. He said he was at peace with himself and proud of his son," who avoided the gang life, according to Leslie Fulbright, a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. In all cases, the story carries on from where it left off in the previous episode. "He was great. Sometimes six months passes between each episode; on other occasions, a day. Williams Taylor talked to her ex-husband by phone that day. The show devotes considerable attention to continuity. Travon Williams, the older son by Bonnie Williams Taylor, whom Williams wed in 1981 before his conviction, was 32 years old at the time of his father's execution.
Some of the deaths in the series have occurred in other periods, such as the 1970s and the 1950s; in these cases, the story is brought up to date so that the plot revolves around the ramifications of the death, rather than the death itself. "It's nine-fifteen on twelve-thirteen and another black king will be taken from the scene" . The next episode is set on January 8, 2001 . Rapper Snoop Dogg recited a poem to mourners about the execution-. (played by Richard Jenkins) dies in the pilot, which begins on December 24, 2000. Teach them to promote peace and teach them to focus on rebuilding the neighborhoods that you, others and I helped to destroy.” (Stanley "Tookie" Williams). Nathaniel Fisher, Sr. Teach them to strive for higher education.
Six Feet Under, being a show about death, is also a show about time; each episode is set in a particular month in a "contemporary universe" that spans the period from 2000–2005. “Teach them how to avoid our destructive footsteps. The series concluded after five seasons, with the finale airing on August 21, 2005. I battled my demons and I was triumphant,” Williams said. The producers and writers felt that after 63 episodes they had told their "story". “The war within me is over. In November 2004, series creator and executive producer Alan Ball announced that the fifth season would be the show's last. At his funeral, the last words of Williams echoed from a tape played to mourners, whom he asked to spread a message to loved ones:.
The shift cannot be clearly distinguished from the normal flow of the scene until an abrupt cut brings us slightly back in time and reveals the imaginary nature of the past moment.  It is planned that Williams' body will be cremated and his ashes will be sent to South Africa for scattering. In the later seasons, another device is also used where a real conversation between two living characters slips into the imaginary and becomes unrealistic. Williams' funeral filled the 1,500 seat Bethel AME church and drew a wide variety of people from current gang members to celebrities and religious leaders. They represent the living character's internal dialogue by exposing it as an external conversation.  A memorial service was held in Los Angeles on 20 December 2005, where Becnel read his final wishes. Sometimes, the conversation is with other recurring dead characters, notably Nathaniel Fisher Sr., and, more recently, Nate's late wife Lisa. The viewing drew approximately 2000 people.
A recurring plot device consists in a character having an imaginary conversation with the person who died at the beginning of the episode. Williams' body was laid out for viewing on 19 December 2005. The only other episode that did not feature an opening death scene was the series finale, Everyone's Waiting, which instead began with a birth, and ended with the future death scenes of all of the main characters. An archived copy of a Maura Dolan's Los Angeles Times November 29 article on the history of Becnel's efforts on behalf of Williams can be found here . In Season 5, the episode All Alone was the first ever to open without a death, focusing instead on a death revealed at the end of the previous episode. . Each episode begins with a death—anything from drowning or heart attack to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—and that death usually sets the tone for each episode, allowing the characters to reflect on their current fortunes and misfortunes in a way that is illuminated by the death and its aftermath. Williams’ spokeswoman and co-author, Barbara Becnel, said shortly after Williams's death that she is "now on a mission."  "That mission is one: to obtain justice for Stanley Tookie Williams by proving beyond a shadow of a doubt his innocence, (and) continuing to preserve the incredibly remarkable legacy of this man who personifies redemption." Williams directed Becnel to receive his body, and Becnel began making the funeral arrangements.
At the same time, it is a show that is distinguished by its unblinking focus on the topic of death, which it explores on multiple levels (personal, religious, and philosophical), rather than treating it as a convenient impetus for the solution of a murder. So take care.”. On one level, the show is a conventional family drama, dealing with such issues as relationships, infidelity, homosexuality, and religion. So with that, I am grateful….I say to you and everyone else, God bless. The show revolves around the world of Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home, a fictitious mortuary set in present day Los Angeles, California (2000–2005). And whether others choose to believe that I have redeemed myself or not, I worry not, because I know and God knows, and you can believe that all of the youths that I continue to help, they know, too. Patrick). That's the beauty about it.
Other regulars include mortician and family friend Federico Diaz (Freddy Rodriguez), Nate's longtime girlfriend and eventual wife Brenda Chenowith (Rachel Griffiths), and David's boyfriend and eventual husband Keith Charles (Mathew St. It's accessible for everybody. The Fisher clan also includes mother Ruth (Frances Conroy) and sister Claire (Lauren Ambrose). And it doesn't -- is not predicated on color or race or social stratum or one's religious background. Hall. That's how I would like my legacy to be remembered as: a redemptive transition, something that I believe is not exclusive just for the so-called sanctimonious, the elitists. The show, created by Alan Ball, stars Peter Krause as Nathaniel ("Nate") Fisher, Jr., the son of a funeral director who reluctantly becomes a partner in the family funeral business with his brother David, played by Michael C. And I say to you and all those who can listen and will listen that redemption is tailor-made for the wretched, and that's what I used to be….That's what I would like the world to remember me.
. So, therefore, I just stand strong and continue to tell you, your audience and the world that I am innocent and, yes, I have been a wretched person, but I have redeemed myself. It first aired on June 3, 2001 and concluded its fifth and final season run in the USA on August 21, 2005. This is pure faith, and predicated on my redemption. Six Feet Under was a critically acclaimed and popular television drama produced by HBO. It has nothing to do with machismo, with manhood, or with some pseudo former gang street code. The series finale, Everyone's Waiting is the longest episode of the series clocking in at 75 minutes. In an interview  on WBAI Pacifica radio hours before the execution, however, he had this to say: “[M]y lack of fear of this barbaric methodology of death, I rely upon my faith.
Hall (David Fisher) in real life.  At the time of his execution, he provided no last words to the prison warden. Amy Spanger who played Holly Duncan, (the death of the week's sister) in Static is the wife of Michael C. Williams requested no last meal and consumed only milk and oatmeal throughout the day. Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz), Lauren Ambrose (Claire Fisher), Peter Facinelli (Jimmy) and Eric Balfour (Gabriel Dimas) were all in the 1998 movie, Can't Hardly Wait. . The Foot, The Dare. Adam Housley, a reporter for Fox News, described the experience as "choreographed", "sterile", and "clinical".
Every episode written by writer and cartoonist, Bruce Eric Kaplan begins with the word "The" in the episode's title, e.g. Lora Owens appeared very upset, according to MSNBC anchor Rita Cosby. Holmes did not get the job but was called back to read for George's daughter, Maggie. Members of Albert Owens' family who witnessed the execution were described as stony-faced. Tina Holmes (Maggie Sibley) originally auditioned for the minor role of "Marci", Bettina's daughter in The Black Forest. He talked with his guards throughout the process. Justina Machado (Vanessa Diaz) became a series regular in 2005 after being in a guest starring role since Episode 2 of the series. Williams apparently exchanged many glances with his supporters.
The series converted to HDTV (16:9 widescreen) during the third season (2003). Witnesses described a somber mood in the execution chamber. Only two episodes of the series have been co-written: Episode 30, Nobody Sleeps and Episode 49, The Black Forest, which is very odd for a series since many writers on other shows are paired up into writing teams. Fagan later wrote a detailed description  of the execution. Frances Conroy (Ruth Fisher) is only 12 years older than Peter Krause (Nate Fisher), despite playing his mother. And most strikingly at the end of the execution, as those three were heading out, they yelled, “The State of California just killed an innocent man!” which is the first time I ever heard any outburst in the death chamber there.". Nate and Lisa during the third season and Claire in the fourth and fifth seasons. We could see them, and throughout the last part of the execution -- or preparing him when he was still conscious, they gave what looked like black power salutes several times to him, one man and two women.
David in the first two seasons. Becnel was among them, I understand. Each Fisher sibling has lived in the Fisher coach house during the duration of the series. The most notable thing was that Williams had supporters at the back of the room… Ms. Caskets for the show are made by ABC Caskets in Los Angeles. A reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Kevin Fagan said, "This is the sixth one I have seen here at San Quentin, and I have to say this was very different. Rachel Griffiths' (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) second pregnancy in 2004 was written into the show. He kept them on, and he kept looking…".
The show was cancelled after 11 episodes. He had his glasses on the whole time. Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz) had a recurring role on Alan Ball's ABC series, Oh, Grow Up! which aired in 1999, two years prior to Six Feet Under. Added Contra Costa Times reporter John Simerman, "They had some trouble with the second I.V., which was in the left arm… Williams, at one point, grimaced or looked almost out of frustration… at the difficulty there…. Kathy Bates who was a director during the first three seasons went on to pursue a recurring role on the series as Ruth's friend, Bettina. . HBO renewed the series for a second season a week after the pilot aired. The process which should take only a few minutes instead took about 20 minutes.
Alan Ball had 13 days to shoot the pilot. According to CNN, the staff had difficulty inserting the needles. Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz) appeared in 62 episodes, missing one episode 1.09 "Life's Too Short" due to Federico's storyline. An unnamed reporter at the execution said that Williams showed no resistance, neither when he came into the chamber shortly after midnight, nor after he was strapped onto the gurney. Patrick (Keith Charles) did not appear in three episodes of the series due to his Season 1 story arc. Their description is as follows: . Mathew St. PST (08:35 UTC), several reporters who witnessed the execution held a news conference.
Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) did not appear in four episodes of Season 3 due to her 2002 pregnancy. After Williams was declared dead at 12:35 a.m. Hall (David Fisher), Frances Conroy (Ruth Fisher) and Lauren Ambrose (Claire Fisher) appeared in all 63 of the series' episodes.
The pilot episode features several spoof commercials for funeral homes and products. . Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) has a strong Australian accent in real life. Williams about an escape plan which involved the killing of a bus driver and another accomplice. Alan Ball considers Los Angeles the world capital of the denial of death. Prosecutors had cited handwritten notes written by Mr. in the West Adams section of Los Angeles, the actual location of The Filipino Federation of America. Williams.".
The Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home is located at 2302 West 25th St. Oglesby told Von Ellerman that he was using the documents to testify against Williams and others "to obtain a reduction or eliminate charges against him." Von Ellerman also observed Oglesby copying from samples of Williams' handwriting "to create incriminating documents that would appear to be written by Mr. HBO entertainment president, Carolyn Strauss proposed the idea to Ball. Mr. Alan Ball conceived the premise to create the show after the death of his sister and father. He states that he had observed his cellmate George Oglesby receive police reports on Williams and others from the Sheriff's department. Season 5: 2004 (2 episodes), 2005 (10 episodes). It included reference to an affidavit by Gordon Bradbury von Ellerman attesting to belief in Williams' innocence and dated December 10  states that he called the NAACP on December 8 after reading that date in the Daily Breeze  that his cellmate, George Oglesby, had testified against Williams.
Season 4: 2003,(4 episodes), 2004 (8 episodes). That same day, Jonathan Harris, a New York counsel with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, filed a response , summarizing new evidence of innocence. Season 3: 2002 (1 episode), 2003 (12 episodes). Schwarzenegger summarized by basing his denial of clemency on the "totality of circumstances." (Summary – Details in PDF format). Season 2: 2001 (8 episodes), 2002 (5 episodes). In his denial, Schwarzenegger cited the following:. Season 1: 2000 (pilot), 2001 (12 episodes). On December 12, 2005, Schwarzenegger denied clemency for Williams.
2: Everything Ends, 2005. Williams work." . Six Feet Under, Vol. This position of peace would honor my husband's memory and Mr. Six Feet Under, 2002. Williams to join me in sending a message to all communities that we should all unite in peace. The song played during each episode recap is a 1995 single titled: Nothing Lies Still Long by Pell Mell. I invite Mr.
Seasons 1 & 5 feature the original version of the song while Seasons 2, 3, 4 feature the Rae & Christian remix. Williams' peace initiative. Trailers for upcoming episodes feature the Six Feet Under theme. By contrast, on December 9, 2005, Linda Owens, Albert Owens' widow, issued a statement in support of Williams’ efforts to bring an end to gang violence and his call for peace between gangs: "I, Linda Owens want to build upon Mr. Season 5: Breathe Me by Sia Furler . . Season 4: Feeling Good by Nina Simone . On December 8, 2005, Lora Owens, the stepmother of Albert Owens, one of the victims, made a statement expressing her opinion of Stanley Williams: "I think he [Williams] is the same cold-blooded killer that he was then and he would be now if he had the opportunity again."  Owens' two daughters, Rebecca and Andrea, who were 8 and 5 when their father was murdered, also opposed clemency and recalled that they were aghast when they had learned that their father's murderer was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Season 3: A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay . Press conferences and rallies in more than a dozen California cities called for a halt to all executions and asked Governor Schwarzenegger to commute Williams’ death sentence to a sentence of life without parole; demonstrations against the death penalty also took place in numerous cities around the world. Season 2: Heaven by Lamb . The “California Moratorium on Executions Act”, A.B.1121, is scheduled to have its first hearing in January 2006. Molly Parker - Rabbi Ari Hoffman (2 episodes). On November 29, 2005, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California announced  that more than 175,000 Californians had signed a petition requesting the temporary suspension of executions in California until the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice could complete its study due by December 31, 2007. Harriet Sansom Harris - Catherine Collins (2 episodes). Tony Ford, who is up for execution on March 14 in a disputed conviction, helped organize a prisoners' strike in Texas protesting Williams's execution.
Lee Garlington - Fiona Kleinschmidt (2 episodes). Other prisoners were also involved in activism to save Williams's life. Illeana Douglas - Angela (2 episodes). See photos of some of the activist events to stop the execution. Jenna Fischer - Sharon Kinney (2 episodes). Celebrities also joined the fight, including Snoop Dogg, who appeared at a clemency rally wearing a shirt advertising the Save Tookie website and performed a song he had written for Williams, and Jamie Foxx, who - noting that Tookie's execution date was his birthday - publicly stated that the only birthday present he wanted was clemency for Williams. Bobby Cannavale - Javier (3 episodes). Tookie's friend, co-author and political collaborator, Barbara Becnel, helped to spearhead much of the organizing.
Loretta Sibley (3 episodes). Many anti-death penalty and civil rights organizations around the country organized activist campaigns to stop the execution, including the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, the NAACP, and others. Janice Lynde - Woman In Turquoise/Mrs. The recurring segment offended some members of the public, who filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. Julie White- Mitzi Dalton-Huntley (4 episodes). In the hour, they interviewed advocates of both sides of the issue and expressed their support of the impending execution. Michelle Trachtenberg - Celeste (4 episodes). In mid-November 2005, talk show hosts John and Ken of the John and Ken Show on Clear Channel's KFI radio in Los Angeles, California started a "Tookie Must Die (For Killing Four Innocent People)" hour on their show daily until the execution of Williams.
Ricardo Antonio Chavira - Ramon Diaz (4 episodes). Also during this period, the media, community organizations, and relatives of the victims were speaking out. Catherine O'Hara - Carol Ward (4 episodes). . Steffani Brass - Michaela Woodworth (5 episodes). Supporters of Williams also made another plea directly to Governor Schwarzenegger to stay the execution. Matt Malloy - Roger Pasquese (6 episodes). On December 11, 2005, the California Supreme Court denied Williams' request for a stay of execution.
Chris Messina - Ted Fairwell (6 episodes). . Anne Ramsay - Jackie Feldman (6 episodes). On November 30, 2005, the California Supreme Court, in a 4-2 decision, refused to reopen Williams' case. Patricia Clarkson - Sarah O'Connor (6 episodes). While the clemency petition was pending before the governor, Williams also filed further appeals in the courts. Kellie Waymire - Melissa (6 episodes). Schwarzenegger described the decision whether to grant clemency as "the toughest thing when you are governor, dealing with someone's life.".
Jeff Yagher - Hoyt Woodworth (6 episodes). The one-hour, closed-door meeting took place as a crowd consisting of both supporters of Williams and proponents of capital punishment congregated outside the Capitol in Sacramento. Julie Dretzin - Barb Woodworth (6 episodes). On December 8, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger held a clemency hearing. Bernard Chenowith (6 episodes). At least one commentator felt this strategy was flawed: San Francisco Chronicle writer Bob Egelko noted doubts stated by the courts handling the appeals and quoted Austin Sarat, professor of law and politics at Amherst College in Massachusetts and author of Mercy on Trial, a book about clemency: "It's [actual innocence] about the only ground in which governors grant clemency in the modern period...I know of no case in which a death row inmate has been spared (solely) on the basis of post-conviction rehabilitation." . Robert Foxworth - Dr. The clemency petition emphasized the theme of Williams' redemption, rather than his claim of actual innocence.
Mena Suvari - Edie (7 episodes). Williams said he didn't want to be a "snitch." . - Hiram Gunderson (8 episodes). The Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney, and other law enforcement disputed that Williams had in fact reformed, saying that he refused to divulge information on other gang members, or debrief officials on the tactics and communication methods that gangs use. Ed Begley, Jr. The state, through the office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, opposed the clemency petition. Idalis DeLeon - Sophia Morales (8 episodes). (See below for the full text of the documents filed in these proceedings.).
Justin Theroux - Joe (8 episodes). In early November, 2005, Williams' attorneys filed his formal petition for executive clemency, as well as a motion to obtain new evidence. Melissa Marsala - Angelica Suarez (8 episodes). Those who campaigned against the execution included celebrities, politicians, and Nobel laureates. Garrison Hershberger - Matthew Gilardi (8 episodes). In late 2005, a campaign began to urge the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to grant clemency for Williams in consideration of his work as an anti-gang activist and asserted "redemption." Thousands of people signed online petitions calling for Schwarzenegger to commute the death sentence. Peter Facinelli - Jimmy (9 episodes). The appellate court denied Williams' appeal in 2002, but noted that the federal courts were not his only forum for relief and that he could request clemency from the Governor of California.
Kathy Bates - Bettina (10 episodes). Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard Williams' appeal from the lower federal court. Sprague Grayden - Anita Miller (12 episodes). In 2001, the U.S. Tina Holmes - Maggie Sibley (13 episodes). The lower federal court denied the habeas petition. Rainn Wilson - Arthur Martin (13 episodes). The State courts affirmed the conviction.
Peter Macdissi - Olivier Castro-Staal (15 episodes). Williams appealed his conviction in the state courts, and filed a petition in the federal courts for habeas corpus relief. Ed O'Ross - Nikolai (18 episodes). The Nobel Prize may not be awarded posthumously, therefore Williams is no longer eligible. Richard Jenkins - Nathaniel Fisher (20 episodes). William Keach, a Brown University Professor of English Literature, nominated Williams for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Committee keeps nominations secret for fifty years. Joanna Cassidy - Margaret Chenowith (20 episodes). Nominations came from Mario Fehr, a member of the Swiss Parliament  and four times by Notre Dame de Namur University Philosophy and Religion Professor Phil Gasper .
Ben Foster - Russell Corwin (22 episodes). Williams was reportedly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year from 2001 to 2005. Lili Taylor - Lisa Kimmel Fisher (23 episodes). . Jeremy Sisto - Billy Chenowith (29 episodes). Bush commending him for his social activism, one of some 267,000 "Call To Service Awards" that were sent out. Brenna and Bronwyn Tosh - Maya Fisher (37 episodes). President George W.
Susie Bright (Episode 57, The Rainbow of Her Reasons). Harrison, a minister from West Monroe, Louisiana, Williams received a letter from U.S. Chris Harrison (Episode 52, A Coat of White Primer). On the nomination of William A. Nicole Richie (Episode 51, Untitled). In 2004, he helped broker a peace agreement, called the Tookie Protocol For Peace, for what had been one of the deadliest and most infamous gang wars in the country, between the Bloods and the Crips, in both the state of California and the city of Newark, New Jersey. Ellen DeGeneres (Episode 42, Parallel Play). In 1997, Williams wrote and posted on his website an apology for his role in creating the Crips.
Leeza Gibbons (Episode 22, Someone Else's Eyes). Williams' books have not enjoyed strong sales , though they may have been distributed as donations to schools, children's centers, and the like. List of Six Feet Under episodes. He wrote several children's books advocating non-violence and alternatives to gangs, an autobiography Blue Rage, Black Redemption, public service announcements, and Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, a Hollywood movie which honored him. After being released from solitary confinement, Williams gained world-wide attention and praise for his work in prison. .
"The particular set is known as the Blue Note Crips, and that information we have received since his arrival here in April 1981 and as recent as June of 2000," Crittendon said. But we have also received information that has identified him as an active member of the Crips," Crittendon said. Though the prison guards noted that he still remained a member of the Crips gang, "The violations are usually involving batteries on inmates, batteries on staff. The prison official had observed no gang activity and complimented Williams on his behavior for the last ten years.
According to a classification report found on page 8 of filings by his lawyers during the clemency proceedings , dated August 5, 2004, Williams had no violations since that time.  The following is a list of Stanley Williams prison record through 1993. As inmate CDC# C29300  Williams spent 6 1/2 years in solitary confinement in the late 1980s  for multiple assaults on guards and fellow inmates. In response to questioning by the trial judge, the alternate juror stated that the jurors sitting in the center of the jury box had told her that after the verdicts were read, Williams looked at the jury and said that he was going to get all of them.".
The trial record shows that after the jurors returned their guilty verdicts, Williams said, “Sons of bitches,” in a voice sufficiently loud that the court reporter included this statement in the trial transcript." "On the day that the jury began its penalty-phase deliberations, an alternate juror reported to the bailiff that some jurors believed that Williams had threatened them. The Court of Appeals summary of the case  Williams stated "that various jurors misconstrued as a threat a question that he asked defense counsel at the close of the guilt phase. . According to Williams' defense attorneys, in two subsequent cases, District Attorney Robert Martin was censured by the California State Supreme Court for using race as a criterion in jury selection and had two murder convictions overturned on those grounds.
. According to the clemency petition, in his closing arguments, Martin described Williams as a "Bengal tiger in captivity in a zoo" and said that the jury needed to imagine him in his natural "habitat" which was like "going into the back country, into the hinterlands." In a radio interview, Martin stated that the analogy was not meant to be racial, and instead was a metaphor to the fact that Williams appeared in court dressed in business attire much like an animal in a zoo appears more docile than it would be in the wild. . The defense, however, has neither stated whether or not his mother was actually Filipino, nor refuted the evidence that McLurkin was black.
McLurkin's driver license photo and the fact that both he and his mother were born in the Phillipines was presented as additional evidence in a November 2005 petition for clemency. McLurkin was black. They maintain that the trial record indicates that none of the lawyers -- and particularly the prosecutor -- thought Mr.  The defense responded that, contrary to the sworn affidavit, McLurkin did not appear black.
 The District Attorney provided proof, however, in the form of a death certificate and the sworn affidavit of another juror, that juror #12, William James McLurkin, was black. Williams' lawyers claimed that he was convicted by a jury that had no Blacks, one Latino, one Filipino-American, and "ten Caucasians". The prosecution removed three Blacks from serving as jurors in Williams' trial. .
"It's as simple as that," said Williams' spokeswoman Barbara Becnel. They stated that people who appreciate Williams' work sent him money. Opponents also pointed out that he received a significant amount of money from outside sources. When contacted about Williams' alleged ongoing gang activity, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman April Harding said there was no evidence of his gang leadership.
Critics point to the fact that although he apologized for and renounced gangs and the founding of the Crips, Williams never renounced his gang membership, and allegedly continued to associate with Crips members in prison. The shell recovered from the Yang crime scene was conclusively matched to Williams' weapon "to the exclusion of all other firearms.". The two shells recovered from the Owens crime scene were consistent with shells fired from this gun, with no exclusionary markings. Williams' lawyers have claimed that the District Attorney quashed a murder investigation in exchange for their testimony.
According to the District Attorney, the husband was undergoing sentencing for receiving stolen property and tried for extortion. Williams' gun was found in the home of a couple with whom he had been living. The Defense claims this expert's methodology was "junk science at best." . No second examiner verified his findings.
Even the shotgun shells found conveniently at each crime scene didn't match the shotgun shells that I owned." However, the prosecution's firearms expert, a sheriff's deputy, testified during trial that the shotgun shell recovered from the Yang murder crime scene matched test shells from the shotgun owned by Stanley Williams. They didn't match my boots, nor eyewitnesses. From the beginning of his sentence, Williams maintained his innocence regarding the four murders, alleging prosecutorial misconduct, exclusion of exculpatory evidence, ineffective assistance of counsel, biased jury selection, and the misuse of jailhouse and government informants. Williams claimed that the police found "not a shred of tangible evidence, no fingerprints, no crime scenes of bloody boot prints. .
The jury recommended the death penalty, and the judge accepted the recommendation and sentenced him to death. The jury also convicted him of robbery in both cases, and found that he personally used a firearm in the commission of the crimes. Stanley Williams was convicted in 1981 of all four murders with special circumstances on each count of felony murder (robbery) as well as multiple murder in the case of the Brookhaven event. Witnesses testified that Williams referred to the victims in conversations with friends as "Buddha-heads", a derogatory term for Asians.
Yu-Chin Lin was shot once in the upper left face area at a distance of a few feet. Tsai-Shai also received two close range wounds, one to the tailbone, and the other to the front of the abdomen, entering at the navel. The forensic pathologist testified that Yen-Yi Yang suffered two close range shotgun wounds, one to his left arm and abdomen, and one to the lower left chest. It was later determined that the Brookhaven incident netted Stanley Williams approximately one hundred dollars.
Robert entered the motel office and found that his mother, his sister, and his father had all been shot; the cash register was empty. Shortly thereafter he heard a female scream, followed by gunshots. Robert, asleep with his wife in their bedroom at the motel, was awakened by the sound of somebody breaking down the door to the motel’s office. Inside the office, Williams shot and killed Yen-Yi, Tsai-Shai, and Yu-Chin, after which he emptied the cash register and fled the scene.
According to court transcripts, at approximately 5:00 am on March 11, 1979, Stanley Williams entered the Brookhaven Motel lobby and then broke down the door that led to the private office. Yu-Chin had recently joined them from Taiwan. They ran the Brookhaven Motel located at 10411 South Vermont Avenue in South Central Los Angeles along with their forty-three year old daughter, Yu-Chin Yang Lin, and son Robert. Yang, were immigrants from Taiwan.
The Yang family, husband seventy-six year old Yen-Yi Yang, and wife sixty-three year old Tsai-Shai C. Williams said that he “didn’t want to leave any witnesses.” Williams also said he killed Owens “because he was white and he was killing all white people.” Coward testified that Williams had bragged about the shooting, stating, “You should have heard the way he sounded when I shot him,” as he made gurgling or growling noises and laughed about Owens’ death. Once back in Los Angeles, Sims asked Williams why he had shot Owens. They had netted approximately $120 in the robbery.
Williams, Darryl, Coward, and Sims then fled in the two cars and returned home to Los Angeles. Records show that Williams shot out a security monitor and then killed Owens, shooting him twice in the back at point blank range as he lay prone on the storage room floor. He then heard a shot and glass breaking, followed by two more shots. Coward said that he next heard the sound of a round being chambered into the shotgun.
Court records show that as Darryl and Sims walked to the counter area to take money from the register, Williams walked behind Owens, pulled the sawed-off shotgun from under his jacket and told Owens to “shut up and keep walking.” While pointing the shotgun at Owens’ back, Williams directed him to a back storage room and ordered him to lie down. Williams and Coward followed Owens into the store. When Darryl and Sims entered the 7-Eleven, Owens put the broom and dustpan he was using on the hood of his car and followed them into the store. The store clerk, twenty-six year old Albert Lewis Owens, was sweeping the store parking lot.
Transcripts show that next Coward and Sims followed Williams and Darryl to the 7-Eleven market located at 10437 Whittier Boulevard, near Whittier, California. He then told the men that they would find another place to rob, and that they would all go inside so he could demonstrate to them how a robbery was done. Williams reportedly became very unhappy that Darryl and Sims did not follow through on the plan. And then we left.".
Sims then "walked back from the back ‘cause there was somebody in there and just walked out the door and got back the car with, uh, Blackie. Garcia provided and lit one for him. Sims testified that he and Darryl entered the market, after which Sims walked to the back of the store while Darryl approached Garcia and asked for a cigarette. Johnny Garcia, the clerk on duty at the Stop-N-Go at the time, testified that he was just finishing up mopping the floor, and noticed a station wagon, along with four black men standing outside the door of the store.
Darryl was carrying the .22 pistol that Williams had deposited in the station wagon earlier. Darryl and Sims, at the request of Williams, entered the store with the apparent intention of robbing it. Both vehicles exited the freeway in the vicinity of Whittier Boulevard, where they drove to a nearby Stop-N-Go market. Darryl and Williams got into the station wagon, Coward and Sims got into the Cadillac, and shortly thereafter they were on the freeway headed toward Pomona.
Williams then suggested that they should all go to Pomona. Upon returning, Williams had a .22 caliber pistol, which he placed in the station wagon. Afterward, they went to another residence, where Williams left the others for a period of time. The three men then went to the home of Tony Sims, where they discussed where in Pomona, California they could go to make some money.
Williams went into the Garret residence, and in about ten minutes returned with the shotgun. Williams frequently stayed with Garret, and kept some of his personal effects at that location including a 12-gauge shotgun. Coward followed the two in his 1969 Cadillac. A time after the initial meeting, Darryl, driving a brown station wagon and accompanied by Williams, drove to the home of James Garret.
"Blackie", a reference to his African American heritage. Williams introduced Darryl to a friend of his, Alfred Coward, a.k.a. Court transcripts state that , Stanley Williams met with a man who is only identified in court documents as "Darryl" late sometime on Tuesday evening, February 27, 1979. Williams always maintained his innocence, though subsequent court reviews concluded that there was no compelling reason to grant a retrial..
Williams was convicted of two separate robbery/murders in 1979. And eventually, we morphed into the monster we were addressing." According to one version, the original name of the gang was the word Cribs from the first name of the gang, the Avenue Babies, and a reference to their youthfulness. But I was totally wrong. Williams said "we started out—at least my intent was to, in a sense—address all of the so-called neighboring gangs in the area and to put, in a sense—I thought I can cleanse the neighborhood of all these, you know, marauding gangs.
According to many of the original members of the gang, it was initially started as a means to keep the streets safe, reducing violence and police brutality. Williams joined Washington in 1971, forming the west side Crips. The eastern side Crips were formed by Raymond "Truck" Washington in 1969. Williams Jr.
 People mistakenly believe that "Tookie" was a nickname, but it was in fact his given middle name, which was shared by Williams and his son, Stanley T. Fremont Senior High School, but was expelled and did not graduate. He attended John C. Born to a 17-year-old mother in New Orleans, Louisiana, Williams moved to the impoverished South Central Los Angeles neighborhood when he was 6, where he made a name for himself for being a fighter and a "general" on the streets of South Central's West Side.
. On December 13, 2005, Williams was executed via a botched lethal injection amidst debate over the death penalty and whether his anti-gang advocacy in prison represented genuine atonement.  A 2004 biographical feature film entitled Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story featured Jamie Foxx as Williams. He co-wrote children's books and participated in efforts intended to prevent youths from joining gangs.
In 1993, Williams began making changes in his behavior, and became an anti-gang activist while on Death Row in California, Although he continued to refuse to assist police in their gang investigations, he renounced his gang affiliation and apologized for the Crips' founding, while maintaining his innocence of the crimes for which he was convicted. While in prison, Williams refused to aid police investigations with any information against his gang, and was involved in attacks on guards and other inmates as well as multiple escape plots. In December 2005 he was executed for the 1979 murders of Albert Owens, Yen-Yi Yang, Tsai-Shai Lin, and Yee-Chen Lin. Stanley Tookie Williams III (December 29, 1953 – December 13, 2005), was an early leader of the Crips, a notorious American street gang which had its roots in South Central Los Angeles in 1969.
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In this case, the one thing that would be the clearest indication of complete remorse and full redemption is the one thing Williams will not do.". Without an apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings there can be no redemption. "Is Williams’ redemption complete and sincere, or is it just a hollow promise? Stanley Williams insists he is innocent, and that he will not and should not apologize or otherwise atone for the murders of the four victims in this case. "The dedication of Williams' book Life in Prison casts significant doubt on his personal redemption and… the mix of individuals on [the dedication] list is curious" … "but the inclusion of George Jackson on the list defies reason and is a significant indicator that Williams is not reformed.".
From 1995 he "tried to preach a message of gang avoidance and peacemaking" … "It is hard to assess the effect of such efforts in concrete terms, but the continued pervasiveness of gang violence leads one to question the efficacy of Williams' message.". Williams had written books that instruct readers to avoid the gang lifestyle and to stay out of prison. A "close look at his post-arrest and post-conviction conduct tells a story different from redemption.". "Cumulatively, the evidence demonstrating Williams is guilty of these murders is strong and compelling" … "there is no reason to second-guess the jury's decision of guilt.".
The basis of his request for clemency is the "personal redemption Stanley Williams has experienced and the positive impact of the message he sends," yet "it is impossible to separate Williams' claim of innocence from his claim of redemption.". "The possible irregularities in Williams’ trial have been thoroughly and carefully reviewed by the courts, and there is no reason to disturb the judicial decisions that uphold the jury’s decisions that he is guilty of these four murders and should pay with his life.". 15). Exh.
(P. Subsequently, a stabbing instrument ("shank") made of sharpened plastic was recovered from where the fight had occurred. After a warning shot was fired, the fighting stopped. A guard ordered the inmates to stop, but the fight continued.
Williams was one of the combatants. On July 6, 1993, a large fight broke out in the shower area. 14). Exh.
(P. After the shot was fired, guards gained control over Williams. Eventually, gun officers responded by firing a round near Williams. Once again, despite being ordered to stop, Williams continued with the assault.
On December 24, 1991, Williams was involved in another fight with an inmate. 13). Exh. (P.
On October 19, 1988, Williams was placed in Administrative Segregation based on his association with the Crips street gang. 13). Exh. (P.
Prison officials subsequently learned that this stabbing was done in retaliation for a September 22, 1988 stabbing of another inmate ordered by Williams. On October 10, 1988, Williams was involved in a fight that led to him being stabbed by Tiequon Aundray Cox (aka Lil Fee), a Rolling 60s Crips member, and fellow death row inmate. 12). Exh.
(P. Eventually, after gun officers responded, Williams stopped the attack. The guard ordered Williams to stop but Williams continued with the assault. On July 4, 1986, Williams stepped between a guard and another inmate and began to beat up the inmate.
11). Exh. I have dusted many officers on the street, one more would not make any difference." (P. When the guard advised the female of the prison policies, Williams became verbally hostile and stated, "you are looking around too much and that's not your job.
On June 8, 1984, Williams was observed participating in inappropriate behavior with a female visitor. 10). Exh. (P.
Only after a guard fired a warning shot did Williams stop fighting. Williams, however, continued to fight. In an effort to stop the attack, the guard blew his whistle and drew his weapon. On February 16, 1984, a guard saw Williams bending over another inmate and striking him with his closed fists.
9). Exh. (P. On January 29, 1982, Williams again attacked a guard by throwing a chemical substance on him.
8). Exh. (P. As a result of that assault, the guard suffered from chemical burns to these areas and had to be taken to the hospital where he received emergency care.
In one of these instances, Williams threw a chemical substance in the eyes and on the face of a guard. On January 28, 1982, Williams had two separate instances where he threw chemical substances at guards. 7). Exh.
Williams responded by saying "you'll get yours boy, I can do anything now because I know what the gunmen will do…one of these days I'll trick you boy." (P. The guard then explained the line-up procedure to Williams. Williams refused the order and became hostile. On January 26, 1982, Williams was ordered to lineup for his return to his cell.
6). Exh. (P. Only after repeated orders did Williams stop.
When Williams was ordered to cease fighting, he ignored the order. Williams was observed kneeling over the other inmate and striking him in the head with his closed fists. On June 30, 1981, just two months after being sentenced, Williams was involved in a violent fight with another inmate.