Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life | 2011

Crime, Documentary
An exploration of a triple homicide case in Texas with interviews of the victims' families and those convicted for the crime, including a 28-year-old death row inmate just eight days before his execution.

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Synopsis

In his examination of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill-and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry, the filmmaker achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." Herzog's inquiries also extend to the other convicted killer, Jason Burkett; his father, also incarcerated; a woman who lost both her mother and brother in the crime; as well as a chaplain and former executioner who've been with death row prisoners as they've taken their final breaths.

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