Rev. Walt Everett
In 1987 Walt Everetts son, Scott, was shot and killed at
the age of 24. For almost a year afterwards, Walts emotional state moved from
rage to depression. He found it difficult to even go through the motions of his
work as pastor of a United Methodist Church.
It was only at the sentencing when he heard Mike Carlucci
express remorse for killing Scott that Walt felt God nudging him towards
forgiveness. Walt describes this journey as the most difficult thing he has ever
had to do.
He wrote to Mike on the first anniversary of Scotts
death. Thus began a correspondence, which led to visits and finally to Walts
testifying on Mikes behalf at a parole hearing. Based on this testimony, Mike
obtained an early release and went to work for a trucking firm where his boss
described him as the best supervisor I ever had.
Walt and Mike often speak together at universities,
churches and community groups about the healing power of forgiveness, healing
for both the forgiven and forgiver.
Walt is a pastor of United Methodist Church of Hartford,
Connecticut. He met his wife at a bereavement group and between them they have
six children, four of whom are still living, and eight grandchildren.
Walt is an ardent advocate of the anti-death penalty
movement and is active in numerous abolition and restorative justice
organizations. His story has been told in numerous publications including an
extensive profile in Rolling Stone.
He believes MVFHR is vital to the cause of abolition. For
too long we have allowed nations, including the United States of America, to go
it alone when it comes to human rights issues. The intentional taking of a human
life is a violation of the growing standards of morality of the worldwide
community, and violates, as well, our understanding of who we are in Gods
On June 27, 2005, the Connecticut Network to Abolish
the Death Penalty presented Reverend Walter Everett with its newly created
interview with NPR on December 16, 2004
Walt's story as it appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine