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Dead man walking

Posted by ESC on June 11, 2001

In Reply to: Dead man walking posted by Harry Bezemer on June 11, 2001

: I am interested in the origin of the phrase "Dead man walking " can anyone help?
: Thanks.

You probably know this was the title of a book and a movie. I don't know the origin. Supposedly this was the "greeting" that's called out as an inmate is walked to execution. But I believe I read, in a movie review or somewhere, that this is not the custom anymore.