Lawyer for “The Executioner’s Song” killer to publish memoir – The Ukiah Daily Journal
Dennis Boaz, the eccentric 77-year-old former lawyer who demanded the execution of one of the most notorious murderers in recent history, is set to publish his new book of philosophical memoirs, Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers with Notes from the Battles of Good King Boaz. The Ukiahans may remember Boaz as a former South Valley High School history teacher.
Humorous, thoughtful, outrageous and intelligent, Boaz has been working on the book for over 40 years. He takes readers on a journey of his Berkeley New Age experiences, including an outbreak of marijuana smoke in the Federal Building in San Francisco to his portrayal of murderer Gary Gilmore in Guam and Saipan for more public showdown; a return to California where he was a teacher and controversial union leader in Ukiah and Santa Rosa where he completed his book on the seven rights.
In the book, readers will have access to unpublished information, anecdotes and writings about Gilmore, the notorious convicted murderer who successfully fought to be executed, without appeal, by a firing squad; the first performance in the United States in over ten years.
Boaz describes Gilmore as both sociopath and insightful, intelligent and witty, a man damaged by years of incarceration.
Readers will also learn of the bizarre request made of Gilmore by Dr Jack Kevorkian years before Kevorkian was known as “Dr. Deaths; “insightful anecdotes from legendary author Norman Mailer; a startling remark about Tommy Lee Jones’ gambling by director Larry Schiller; and anecdotes of Boaz smoking marijuana in Geraldo Rivera’s hotel room.
Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers has two themes: one concerns Boaz’s discovery and development of a seven rights scheme (a set of comprehensive rights which he believes can be a matrix for the transformation of society) and his efforts to write a book about it. Intertwined in this theory is Boaz’s long journey from the trauma of marital breakdown and his search for
self-awareness and pleasure in Berkeley’s new age subculture in the early 1970s, to his life as a husband and father in Guam, Saipan and California and the controversies that followed his life.
Convinced that he had discovered a sort of holy grail for the organization and transformation of society, Boaz began to write about seven rights, and, in 1976, mistakenly made two
Outrageous and notorious and counterproductive attempts to publicize his writing, first with marijuana smoke, then portraying Gilmore.
He lives in the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma County