Susan McDougal, of Whitewater fame, was invited by Rabbi Aaron Kriegal, her chaplain in prison, to speak at a Selicot service on Sept. 16 at Congregation Beth Ahm in Verona, N.J.
“Susan may be a felon but she was always a moral person, always led an ethical life,” Kriegal told the crowd, according to an article in the Monclair Times.
“They put the shackles on me, on my arms, waist, and legs,” McDougal reportedly said. “The tears just came and I thought I can’t do this. I just thought, thank God my mother won’t see me like this. Two big robbers were chained to my waist. We walked to the end of a very long hall, and then the doors opened, and the whole world was there.”