Henry McCollum has made many friends since he entered death row in 1984. The worst has been watching his friends being led to execution: North Carolina has executed 42 inmates since McCollum was sentenced in 1984.
“I lost my first friend, John Rook,” McCollum said in a recent interview. “I didn’t look at him like a killer. People do change in prison. That man was like a brother to me.”
Here is a glimpse at McCollum’s life on death row in the words of Central Prison psychologists and psychiatrists who treated him: