Karl Roberts (b. 1968)
Varner Supermax
Grady, Arkansas

“I have served 15 years and 4 months in solitary confinement. In the image Reality Solitary Confinement, the man in the picture is in silhouette. This symbolizes an empty life in confinement… it portrays the shame, remorse and guilt of having done wrong. The evil spirit on the wall is the battle of the mind – sadness, depression, temptations, thoughts of unforgiveness, and suicidal tendencies. The woman in the picture is a memory of lost relationships and love. The second drawing is of me in the same cell. Only I am looking from the other direction and it is an expression of my faith.”

- Karl Roberts

To read Karl Robert's letters, click here.

In May 2000, Karl Roberts was convicted of the rape and strangling of his 12-year-old niece. Roberts told the court: "I want to die“ and waived his rights to any appeals, but a judge decided his death row sentence would automatically be appealed.