[Karla Faye] Tucker, the first woman executed in Texas since the Civil War, was by all accounts "born again," off drugs for the first time since she was 11 years old, and completely rehabilitated. She received support from many prominent figures, including Pat Robertson. A recently published Talk magazine interview with Bush, written by Tucker Carlson, detailed the following exchange:
"In the weeks before the execution, Bush says, 'Bianca Jagger and a number of other protesters came to Austin to demand clemency for Tucker.' 'Did you meet with any of them?' I ask. Bush whips around and stares at me. 'No, I didn't meet with any of them,' he snaps, as though I've just asked the dumbest, most offensive question ever posed. 'I didn't meet with Larry King either when he came down for it. I watched his interview with [Tucker], though. He asked her real difficult questions like, 'What would you say to Governor Bush?'
'What was her answer?' I wonder.
"'Please,' Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, 'don't kill me.'
"I must look shocked. Ridiculing the pleas of a condemned prisoner who has since been executed seems odd and cruel, even for someone as militantly anti-crime as Bush because he immediately stops smirking."
According to Carlson, the Larry King-Karla Faye exchange never took place. Bush made it up.
"What part of 'Thou shalt not kill' didn't you understand?" - Ed Hamell