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Harold Parham reflects on life after his mom’s execution

As we noted, the day is hopefully the beginning of a change of attitudes towards gender-based violence and one where history absolves Nora Parham for standing up for herself. After Parham died, her eight children were separated and lived with relatives in Punta Gorda, San Ignacio and the United States. Harold Parham recalls that after the state executed his mother on faulty facts, there was a great communication divide between him and his brothers because of the distance and time that had passed. 

Harold was 15 when his mother was hanged in 1963 and he says he and his brothers have had to live with the societal stigma that his mother was a cop killer for decades. He told the media today about the pain of such stigma.

In the decades ensuing, Harold recalls that he and his brother try to get together as often as possible. For almost 59 years, however, that process of healing was not an easy road.

A memorial is being planned at Nora Parham’s grave on June 5, the 59th anniversary of her execution.