Each year around 50 people are executed in the US. The vast majority of executions take place in Texas by lethal injection. Since 1997 Karl Chamberlain has been on death row in Texas because he raped and murdered a 30-year-old woman in her apartment in Dallas in 1991. Dying in Dixieland follows Karl's mother Muina, an old hippie and now a practising Muslim, who hopes that her prayers will save her son's life as she tries to understand what turned her once sweet little son into a violent criminal. She shares her concerns with a group of women, pen pals of Karl who in turn have developed boyfriend-like relationship with the condemned man on death row.
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