Donald L. Aldrich
executed by the state of Texas
October 12, 2004
Taken with his last visits....
Donald and Katie, 11th October 2004
Donald was pronounced dead
October 12, 2004 at 6:18 p.m., 14 minutes later.
Rest in Peace dear Donald!
HUNTSVILLE - Donald Loren
Aldrich lay silent on the gurney in the greenbricked room, his body clad
in white linen, as he was executed Tuesday night.
"To the (Nicolas) West family, I would just like to apologize for
your loss," Aldrich said during his last statement. "I hope
that you can forgive me." No witnesses on behalf of the victim were
present during Aldrich's death.
"To my family and loved ones and friends, I thank all of you all
for your support and I am sorry for the pain and hurt I have caused
you," he said. "I love you all and I will see you on the other
side. OK, warden."
Kathleen Tansley, a friend of Aldrich, held her left hand against the
glass during the execution. Spiritual adviser Deacon Al O'Brien held up
a crucifix while other friends of Aldrich looked on. His witnesses also
included friends Irene Wilcox, Brandy Palmer and Jack Wilcox.
Aldrich took a few gasps of air after the poisonous solution began
flowing into his body. He soon fell silent and closed his eyes. He was
pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m., 14 minutes later.
"May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace,"
The other witnesses there in the small room to support Aldrich replied,
There were about a dozen protesters outside the prison unit. Some held
signs but they remained fairly quiet as witnesses were led into the
Aldrich was executed Tuesday night after his last-minute appeals were
Morning Telegraph 2004
come together as friends of Donald L. Aldrich
Us, Lord Jesus//Ergreife uns, Herr Jesus
God Why? //Warum Gott warum?
und gebrochen...//Abused and broken….
deinem Herz…//In your heart...
magic of love….
Donald L. Aldrich #999113
Polunsky Unit Death Row
By D.L Aldrich
- from September 2004
" THE TRI-CROSS "
The Tri-Cross is a representation of the Holy
Trinity,which I did not design, but God did through me. In the
Trinity it is God the Father, God the son, and God the Holy
Spirit. Three separate persons, yet one God. The Tri-Cross is
three separate crosses yet one cross, each of which represents
one of the Trinity.
The Purple Cross represents God. In olden
times, purple was reserved for royalty such as kings and queens.
And God the Father being the Most High King, it is only fitting
that His cross is purple. His cross is also centered as God the
Father is the center of all, and never changing.
The Red Cross represents Jesus Christ for the
blood He shed for our sins. Facing God the Father our left is
God’s right, and Jesus sits at God’s right hand. Also a son
is below his father, so this cross is positioned this way in the
The Blue Cross represents the Holy Spirit.
This is for two reasons I can think of, as I did not pick the
colors used in the Tri-Cross. The first is if God the Father put
Himself into both Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, and Jesus is
represented in red, then the Holy Spirit must be in blue.Why you
ask? You mix red and blue to get purple.The second reason I can
think of is, when we think of a ghost or a spirit we think of
something transparent. One thing on this Earth everyone knows
like this is water, and on a map water is seen as blue. Also we
are baptized in water to receive the gi:ft of Holy Spirit. The
Holy Spirit was the last to come and comes from up high, so is
positioned as is in the Tri-Cross.
As you see a cross for each in the Trinity,
yet one cross as they are all three joined at the corners by
what I call God’s Love for us. Three separate, yet one cross.
This is not a trick question, but which cross
do you see in the front, the red or the blue? A nice aspect of
the Tri-Cross is these two crosses appear to jump back and
forth, which is an illusion possible due to the gold spots in
the Tri-Cross. Here is how I see it, if you see the Red Cross in
the front, Christ is interceding for yohe front, Christ is interceding for you something on your
behalf. If you see the Blue Cross up front then you are in
fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The Purple Cross stays in the
center, as God is center of all. He’s never changing; He’s
always the same. The illusion of the two cross jumping back and
forth is a reminder that it’s not just one person of the
Trinity alone who was crucified, and working alone for the
salvation of souls, but all three persons of the Trinity who
were crucified as one, and working together as a team to save my
soul. (John 14:9-17)
I pointed out earlier the illusion of the
Tri-Cross is possible due to the gold points in the Tri-Cross
where each cross intersects. An interesting thing about this is
the gold points fall into groups of three, and it was three
nails that held Christ to the cross.
Now using points in the Tri-Cross, I will
show you the number of books in both Catholic and Protestant
Bibles, as well as both Old and New Testaments. First there are
66 books in the Protestant Bible, to show you these I need to
point out that cross has 12 corners on it. Looking at the
Tri-Cross, you, in a sense have 4 crosses, 3 separate crosses,
yet 1 big cross . Now if you take the corners of all 4 of these
crosses, and add the 18 gold points;
12x4=48+18=66. The number of books in the Proestant Bible. For
the Old Testament which has 39 bocks you take the corners of 3
separate crosses, and add the 3 crosses to it; 12x3=36+3=39. Now
für the New Testment in both Catholic and Protestant Bibles
which hag 27 books we look at it a differently. It is God’s
Love für us that He sent Jesus Christ to die für our sins, and
then the Holy Spirit to both comfort, and counsel us. So at all
12 corners He reaches out in both directions. So you add all 12
corners twice for a total of 24 plus the 3 crosses, and
you get 27.
The Catholic Bible has 73 books, for these we
take the 3 crosses which have corners, and 12 sides. Added
together you get 72; 12x3=36x2=72. The Tri-Cross being 1 big
cross you add that to this and you get 73 the number of books in
the Catholic Bible. For the Old Testament and the 46 books, we
have to look at the Tri-Cross a couple ways we already have.
First taking the 12 corners of God’s Love added twice;
12x2=24, plus the 18 gold points; 24+18=42. As stated earlier
looking at the Tri-cross, you, in a sense have 4 crosses, 3
separate crosses, yet l big cross. Add these 4 crosses to
42;42+4=46, the number of books in the Old Testament of the
The Tri-Cross has 12 corners, and an
interesting thing about having 12 corners and having three
crosses in the Tri-Cross is each in the Trinity has something to
do with the number 12. God the Father has 12 tribes of Israel.
Jesus Christ had 12 disciples, and the Holy Spirit first fell on
the 12 apostles on the Day of Pentecost, (Acts 2:1-6.) They
picked Matthias the day before to replace Judas, (Acts 1:24-26.)
original design was for across-stitched Tri-Cross bookmarker.
Under the TriCross I put II Cor.13:14, as it speaks of
the Trinity which the Tri-Cross represents, and this verse is a
blessing. II Cor.13:14 reads. ”May the grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.” As Christians living under the New
Testament, we live under the grace of Christ, the Love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Not only does this verse
describe the New Testament, but if you add the verse and the
chapter together 14+13=27 which is the number of books in the
For this part you need to look at the picture
of Olle of my markers,arid 1111 show you the life, ministry,
death, and resurrection of’Christ in the Tri-Cross. On the
marker the Tri-Cross is on the upper part with the verse below
it. The Tri-Cross touches the border in three places, top and
both sides, going a little overhalf way to the bottom from the
top. Now Jesus Christ was 30 years old when he started his
ministry. For his age here we take the corners of the red cross
and add the 18 gold points; 12+18=30. An interesting thing about
starting with the corners of the red cross is the first time
Jesus Christ spoke out and taught in the temple in Jerusalem; he
was 12 years old, (Luke 2:41-50). His public ministry lasted
about 3½, years or so, and the Tri-Cross touches the border in
3 places, going slightly over half way to the bottom from the
top, say for 3½ or just over, the length of Jesus Christ's
ministry. He died on a cross, the big one, and rose on the 3rd
day; a cross for each day, and he left the grave empty, so I
leave the cross empty now also, where I use to fill it in.
Now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with
In Christ Jesus,
Donald L. Aldrich
-- Texas Death Row --
© D. L. Aldrich
Us, Lord Jesus
We pray to thee, Lord Jesus,
Convict our hearts and seize us.
On knee our sins we will confess,
Our lives we ask You now to bless.
Seize us Lord Jesus, and hold our hand,
Give us of Your strength as we take a stand.
Though our spirits are willing, our flesh is weak,
So its Your forgiveness, grace, and mercy we seek.
Seize us Lord Jesus, stand by our side,
Help us overcome such as envy, lust and pride.
To walk that path both narrow and true,
The only one that will lead us to you.
Seize us Lord Jesus and hold us tight,
Protect us from evil with all Your might.
Heal us fully mind, body and soul,
To join You in heaven is our one true goal.
Our lives we ask You now to bless,
On knee our sins we do confess.
Convict our hearts and seize us,
This we pray to thee, Lord Jesus
4 December 2001
In your heart….
It's happiness you give to me,
For in your hands you hold the key.
The one that fit's inside my heart.
Even though we are worlds apart.
This smile you put upon my face
Knowing in your heart I have a place,
A special place that's all my own,
A truer love I've never known,
Your eyes they sparkle when you do,
Whisper softly, " Baby I love you !"
Simple thoughts, I'll always know,
Simple thoughts, they come and go.
Simple thoughts, in many ways,
Simple thoughts, help pass my days,
Simple thoughts, will always be,
Simple thoughts, of you and me.
Simple thoughts, a simple smile,
Simple thoughts, of you awhile.
Simple thoughts, from up abrove,
Simple thoughts, of you my Love.
December 24, 2000
By D. L. Aldrich
on the day I was sentenced to die,
Even today, you still wonder, Why?
Wanting to say, "Baby I Love You!
Please tell me know, what do we do?"
They came out wrong in your moment of pain,
As your eyes dropped tears like a heavy rain.
Three words, they echo inside your head,
Three words you wish you never said.
"I hate you," for ripping my world apart!
"I hate you," for this pain in my heart!
Only the ends of which were never spoken,
Kept silent by your heart now broken.
To change these words to, I Love You!
You only wish now you could do.
These words you know will help you heal,
These three words say how you really feel.
Now with feelings both tried and true,
I know you'd say, "Baby, I Love You!"
6 Sept. 2000
The magic of love…. By D. L. Aldrich
From seconds, to minutes, to hours, to days,
Your memory is with me in so many ways.
We're always together though so far apart,
Your love is forever locked inside my heart.
Wanting to hold you in my arms so tight.
And keeping you close throughout the night,
Tto kissing you softly, while you sleep,
It's your love I treasure and want to keep
So when times get hard and you know they will,
Just close your eyes and be very still,
Our love is magic as you will see
It brings me to you and you to me
Now we're always together, though so far apart,
By the magic of love found inside our heart.
22 April 2000
By D. L. Aldrich
things unpleasant, these things unseen
broken child by words harsh and mean,
uncomfortable and very ill,
your body is violated by a touch or feel
you’re loved with the back of a hand
knowing where you really stand
stick you here, and stick you there,
you wonder do they even care ?
alcohol, drugs, and shameful tears,
growing old before your years.
in silence as you think and cry,
scream at God and ask him why.
broken child by words harsh and mean,
things unpleasant, these things unseen.
By D. L. Aldrich
Days of sadness,
A loved one's touch,
To feel the rain,
Or see the stars
Is not an option,
Thru these bars.
Seeing the world,
At a glance,
From this hell
Just no chance !
By D. L. Aldrich
prayers, shattered hopes, and empty dreams,
My life, its
hopeless, or so it seems.
anger, pain, and turmoil, as life goes on,
Much like a
violent whirlpool in a tiny pond.
my faith and trust,
crumbles them into dust.
over I cry out in vain,
God why, such turmoil and pain?"
it's hopeless, or so it seems,
Due to my
unanswered prayers, shattered hopes and empty dreams.
By D. L. Aldrich
as the story's told,
young, from our old.
there's no pain, no sorrow,
worries about tomorrow.
waiting, waiting for you,
only one thing you have to do.
Jesus as your Lord and Savior,
for your sinful behavior.
is coming, He's coming soon,
from midnight to noon.
from high above,
wide open, and full of Love.
His forgiveness and peace of mind,
today you won't be left behind.
heaven, we'll all rejoice,
my friend, it's your choice.
Ergreife uns, Herr Jesus
Wir beten zu Dir, Herr Jesus,
Nehme unsere Herzen und ergreife uns.
Auf Knien gestehen wir unsere Sünden,
Unsere Leben, bitten wir Dich jetzt zu segnen.
Ergreife uns Herr Jesus und halte unsere Hand,
Gebe uns von Deiner Stärke wie wir tragen diesen Stand.
Obwohl unser Geist bereit ist, ist unser Fleisch schwach,
Deshalb ist es Deine Vergebung, Anmut und Gnade,
Die wir suchen.
Ergreife uns und stehe an unserer Seite,
Helfe uns Neid, Begierde und Stolz zu überwältigen.
Um diesen Pfad sowohl schmal als auch wahr zu gehen,
Der Einzige, der uns zu Dir führen wird.
Ergreife uns Herr Jesus und halte uns eng,
Schütze uns vor dem Bösen mit all Deiner Macht.
Heile unseren Verstand, Körper und Seele, vollständig,
Sich mit Dir im Himmel zu verbinden ist unser eines Ziel.
Unsere Leben, bitten wir Dich jetzt zu segnen,
Auf Knien gestehen wir unsere Sünden.
Nehme unsere Herzen und ergreife uns,
Dieses beten wir zu Dir, Herr Jesus
4. Dezember 2001
Einfache Gedanken, werde ich immer kennen,
Einfache Gedanken, sie kommen und gehen,
Einfache Gedanken, auf vielen Wegen,
Einfache Gedanken, helfen meinem Tag zu vergehen,
Einfache Gedanken, werden immer sein,
Einfache Gedanken, von Dir und mir sind mein,
Einfache Gedanken, ein einfaches Lächeln,
Einfache Gedanken, von Dir, ein Märchen,
Einfache Gedanken, mit aller Tiefe,
Einfache Gedanken, von Dir meine Liebe.
Warum Gott Warum?
zerbrochene Hoffnungen und leere Träume,
Mein Leben, es ist
hoffnungslos, oder so scheint es.
Voller Ärger, Schmerz
und Aufruhr, so läuft das Leben weiter,
Stark wie ein gewaltsamer
Strudel in einem kleinen Teich.
All mein Glauben und
Vertrauen ist genommen,
wie in Staub zerronnen.
Immer und immer wieder
weine ich vergeblich hinaus,
"Warum Gott warum,
solch ein Aufruhr und Schmerz?"
Meine Leben, es ist
hoffnungslos oder so scheint es,
und leeren Träume.
5. Okt. 1999
Tage der Traurigkeit,
nie gefühlt, eine Berührung
von einem geliebten Menschen,
und sehr vermisst.
Regen zu fühlen,
oder Sterne zu sehen
es gibt keine Möglichkeit,
durch diese Gitterstäbe.
Die Welt sehen,
mit einem flüchtigen Blick,
aus dieser Hölle
gar keine Chance!
Beschimpft und gebrochen...
Diese unerfreulichen Dinge, diese ungesehenen
Ein gebrochenes Kind durch Wörter barsch und
Fühlt sich unwohl und sehr allein,
Wie dein Körper wird gebrochen,
Durch eine Berührung oder Gefühl,
Mit dem Rücken einer Hand erzählt,
Du würdest geliebt.
Nie wissend, wo du wirklich stehst,
Sie stellen dich ab mal hier und dort,
Und du fragst dich, haben sie sich je gesorgt?
Mit Alkohol, Drogen, und schändlichen Tränen,
Du wächst heran und wirst alt vor deinen Jahren.
In Stille sitzend, du denkst und weinst,
Du schreist nach Gott und fragst warum.
Ein gebrochenes Kind durch Wörter barsch und
Diese Sachen unerfreulich, diese Dinge ungesehen.
In deinem Herz….
Es ist Glück, dass Du mir gibst.
Der Schlüssel dafür ist in Deinen Händen.
Der Eine, der zu meinem Herzen passt.
Sogar und owohl durch Welten getrennt.
Dieses Lächeln, dass Du auf mein Gesicht bringst,
wissend in deinem Herzen, ich habe einen Platz,
den einen, der ganz mein Eigen ist,
eine wahrere Liebe habe ich nie gekannt,
Deine Augen funkeln,
wenn du sanft zu mir flüsterst " Baby, Ich liebe Dich!"
Die Magie der Liebe....
Von Sekunde, zu Minute,
zu Stunden, zu Tagen,
Deine Erinnerung ist bei
mir auf solch viele Arten.
Wir sind immer zusammen,
obwohl so weit getrennt,
Deiner Liebe ist für
ewig in meinem Herzen verschlossen.
Möchte Dich halten in
meinen Armen so zärtlich,
Und Dich umschlingen
hindurch durch die Nacht,
Um Dich sanft zu küssen,
während Duc schläfst,
Es ist Deine Liebe, die
ich schätze und halten möchte
So wenn die zeiten hart
werden und Du weißt sie werden es,
Schließe nur deine
Augen und sei ganz ruhig,
Unsere Liebe ist
magisch, du wirst es sehen
Sie bringt mich zu Dir
und Dich zu mir
Nun wir sind für immer
zusammen, obwohl so weit getrennt,
Durch die Magie der
Liebe in unseren Herzen,
Die dort brennt.
22. April 2000