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Ruth Graham was buried in a simple casket made by a now-deceased murderer from a Louisiana prison.
Try that one on for size.

Shortly before he died, convicted murderer Richard Liggett was asked to make two of the simple plywood coffins he meticulously crafted for fellow prisoners. Except the caskets would be for Billy and Ruth Graham…Graham’s son Franklin made the request after seeing the coffins on a visit to the Angola prison and being struck by their simplicity…

It turns out that the prison has a Bible College and a chapel near death row funded by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. The prison, once known as one of the bloodiest prisons in the south has become something rather different now – one of the least violent. When asked about the change, the warden said faith has played a big role in it. 2,000 of the 5,700 prisoners have given their lives to Jesus, he said, and that makes a difference.
A murderer builds the caskets for Ruth and Billy Graham. Praise God.

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