This week the Scene
concludes its two-part cover story on Gaile Owens, the first woman scheduled for execution by the state of Tennessee in nearly 200 years. In the issue on the stands today, Brantley Hargrove recounts the crime
that landed the suburban wife and mother on death row — setting in motion the 1985 murder of her husband Ron Owens — then details the subsequent litany of legal mistakes, pitfalls and inconsistencies that will cost her life unless Gov. Phil Bredesen intervenes. Then, for the first time, Gaile talks (through her attorney) to Kay West
about her life in prison, her reconciliation with her son Stephen, and her resignation to whatever fate is coming.
If you missed the first part of the story, which covers Gaile's troubled childhood, her allegedly abusive marriage to Ron Owens, her record of compulsive embezzlement and the incidents leading up to the murder, you'll find it here. Many thanks to our art director, Elizabeth Jones, for fitting some 14,000 words of copy in this week's cover story. And special thanks to Liz Garrigan, who was instrumental in putting Brantley's and Kay's stories together. Her name isn't on the story, but it wouldn't have happened without her counsel.