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Facts about Michelle Lyons, American Crime Reporter and Journalist

Michelle Lyons is an American crime reporter, author, and former Public Director of Information for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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She is best known for witnessing approximately 280 executions in Texas.

Lyons began her journalism career at the age of 16, working for the local Huntsville Item as a news photographer.

She witnessed approximately 280 executions by lethal injection, including high profile cases such as Napoleon Beazley, Betty Lou Beets, and Shaka Sankofa.

Lyons feared she would give birth to the reincarnated spirit of an executed criminal, and would often cry after an execution.

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She believes the state of Texas overuses the death penalty, and stated that there are “no winners” in capital punishment.

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