|Uncle Watty playing with his beloved dogs in Headland, Alabama.|
"M. Watt Espy, Jr. has been described in a New York Times article (Oct. 21, 1987) as 'America's foremost death penalty historian.' Espy, who resides in Headland, Ala., has devoted nearly four decades of research to documenting more than 15,000 executions in America, dating to 1608 and colonial Jamestown. He traveled extensively, spending countless thousands of hours painstakingly compiling information about executions throughout the country's history. His work is a unique and invaluable contribution to the history of capital punishment in this country."
Source: State University of New York at Albany, "UAlbany National Death Penalty Archives Add Papers of 'America's Foremost Death Penalty Historian,'" www.albany.edu, Sep. 26, 2008