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"Batgirl": Batgirl is on patrol in Gotham City, as usual, but tonight has a secret significance for her: it is the "anniversary" of her first and last murder, of Faizul, when she was only six. Determined to atone for this act, she has sw


Quote1 Nobody dies tonight. Quote2
Cassandra Cain

Batgirl #19 is an issue of the series Batgirl (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 2001. It was published on August 1, 2001.

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  • Billy Ray Blackwell (Only appearance; dies)

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Synopsis for "Batgirl"

Batgirl is on patrol in Gotham City, as usual, but tonight has a secret significance for her: it is the "anniversary" of her first and last murder, of Faizul, when she was only six. Determined to atone for this act, she has sworn, "nobody dies tonight." Hearing a report on the radio that convicted murderer Billy Ray Blackwell is scheduled to be executed at midnight, she decides that her oath requires her to break him out of jail.

In Blackgate Penitentiary, Billy Ray is eating his last meal, the French fries giving him a flashback to the French fries that scattered on the floor of the fast food restaurant where he strangled the teenage cashier to death, when she had caught him in the act of robbing the register.

As he is led to the gas chamber, the only witnesses are the Warden, a priest, and his victim's mother. Before the switch is thrown, Batgirl enters the execution chamber, shatters the glass, and releases him from the fatal chair. Overpowering the guards with ease, she hustles Billy Ray into the hallway, only to be faced with the victim's mother, who calmly tells her to put Billy Ray back, so he can pay for what he did.

Speaking of herself as much as Billy Ray, Batgirl says, "maybe he's sorry for what he did." The mother responds, "maybe he is. But my baby is still dead."

Realizing that nothing she can do will erase the one murder she committed, Batgirl surrenders Billy Ray to the guards and leaves. Just before midnight, Billy Ray is back in the gas chamber. He suddenly asks the guard to wait, either half-hopeful that some last-minute reprieve will come, or else he just wants to say something, but the switch is thrown, and he is shown inhaling lethal gas in the last panel.



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