“Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2” is one of the most sobering and powerful documentaries about a political issue I’ve seen in years.
It’s no Michael Moore-style propaganda film. Nor are the sing-song title and the fact that it was produced by a French company reliable clues to the subject matter.
The film follows one woman’s journey to examine her role as a juror in a Mississippi death penalty case.
There’s no inmate whose life we can advocate for. He was executed years ago. And there’s no hint that maybe the system got the wrong man, something the wonders of DNA forensics might overturn. Bobby Glen Wilcher, at the age of 19, most certainly slashed two women to death. He never expressed a shred of regret. Not in the 24 years that he was on Mississippi’s death row before being executed in 2006.
Lindy Lou Wells Isonhood is a conservative grandmother who, along with 11 other jurors, helped make the unanimous decision in the capital murder case. The film follows along as she tracks down the other jurors 22 years later to find out if they are as disturbed by what had happened as she has been.
Or as she says in the film, “I couldn’t let it go.”
“I can’t say that I’m totally against the death penalty,” she said as the film toured Missouriwith the help of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, with plans eventually to show overseas.