Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “Crime and Punishment: Gary Gilmore”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on October 11, 1979, uploaded to YouTube on March 2, 2015.

Guest: Norman Mailer


A low-key and thoughtful appearance by the usually boisterous author of “The Executioner’s Song.” This new novel–on the life and death of Gary Gilmore, the murderer who demanded to be executed by the State of Utah–was widely heralded as a masterpiece, and the writing of it had led Norman Mailer to contemplate life, death, and literature.