Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


April 25, 2013

Transcript of the interview with Death Row inmate Richard Cobb


LIVINGSTON — TINSLEY: Well, just on a personal note, that's got to be rough on you, right?

COBB: Yeah, you know.

TINSLEY: I mean, is there some frustration there?

COBB: Yeah. There's plenty of frustration because there's so much you want to experience that you know you won't: Looking back you know I never really had a life and whenever I thought I did, that got taken way from me. There was a lot (unintelligible) but at the same time it will be somewhat of a relief because I wont be imprisoned anymore. No more captivity. Oppression. Oppressive atmosphere of a death row person.

TINSLEY: You're on 23-hour lockdown, right?

COBB: Yeah, yeah.

TINSLEY: Real tight cell and not a lot of reading matter?

COBB: Yeah, time to time, depending on the level of custody you know.

TINSLEY: I mean, what do you have in your room now? A Bible?

COBB: Little meager writing supplies and a radio.

TINSLEY: It get good reception?

COBB: Yeah. AM. FM.

TINSLEY: So you listen to a lot of oldies probably.

COBB: No, I listen to whatever is on around this area

TINSLEY: Do you read a lot of clips? Newspaper stuff?

COBB: You mean about myself?

TINSLEY: Or anything really.

COBB: I read whatever I can get my hands on.

TINSLEY: Is that a lot?

COBB: It varies, really. Whatever I can get, whatever publication I have, whatever people might send to me.

TINSLEY: Do you have a lot of people writing you?

COBB: Sort of. There has been a lot of mail since they gave me an execution date, but there's not been a lot on a regular basis.

TINSLEY: Do you write a lot of letters to anyone else?

COBB: Um, I'd say I write a fair amount of letters. Mail, you know. Gets rather tiring writing all the time.

TINSLEY: I can imagine.


TINSLEY: On your profile it says you were a laborer.

COBB: What profile is that?

TINSLEY: The one on TDC (website). “Laborer” is such a generic term. What were you doing specifically? What was your job?

COBB: Whatever. When I got arrested I was working for temporary service.

TINSLEY: Oh, you were a temp?

COBB: I went to different places doing like yard work. … No, not like going to factories, just places.

TINSLEY: Where were you from originally?

COBB: Well, I was from Jacksonville.

TINSLEY: Oh really?

COBB: Yeah.

TINSLEY: Did you go to Jacksonville High? Did you transfer or drop out?

COBB: Right before my sophomore year, I moved to Rusk.

TINSLEY: Not trying to get into the case but the guy you were convicted with, your co-defendant, or whatever you call him, was he your friend at some point?

COBB: I wouldn't say we were good friends but we were on an associate type level.

TINSLEY: Did you have any good friends?

COBB: Yeah, of course.

TINSLEY: Well, some people don't.

COBB: Probably average.

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