Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville or Huntsville Unit (HV), nicknamed "Walls Unit," is a Texas state prison located in Huntsville, Texas, United States. The approximately 54.36-acre (22.00 ha) facility, near Downtown Huntsville, is operated by the Correctional Institutions Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, administered as within Region I. The facility, the oldest Texas state prison, opened in 1849. This picture is from 1870s
Karla Faye Tucker was executed in 1998 for the murder of 2 people, committed during a break-n to steal a motorcycle under the influence of drugs. As her first victim pleaded for his life, she struck him 28 times with a pickax, expressing sexual gratification with each strike. A woman hiding under some sheets was also found murdered, with the pickax lodged in her chest. Tucker’s case gained wide publicity due to her conversion to Christianity her marriage to a prison ministry group member.
Angel Maturino Resendiz, 45, was executed by lethal injection on 27 June 2006 in the Huntsville, Tx prison. He was dubbed the "Railroad Killer" because all of his killings occurred near the railroad tracks that he used to traverse the country. The railroad killer beat most of his victims to death. Resendiz confessed to and/or was charged with over a dozen murders.
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