Susanna Reid reveals she had to have her KNICKERS searched on the way into top-security prison to meet inmates on death row

SUSANNA Reid had her KNICKERS searched on the way into a top-security prison to meet inmates on death row for her new TV series.

The Good Morning Britain host headed to Texas in America for her new programme, Death Row: Countdown To Execution where she met a number of prisoners facing the death penalty.

Appearing on today's Loose Women, Susanna, 48, admitted it was an intense and often unsettling experience.

She added: "You go into a maximum security prison, so you are completely patted down of course, they search your underwear to make sure you are not carrying any weapons in.

"You meet the death row prison who is facing execution, and I have to say it's a sort of privilege to do the  last interview with somebody in that situation.

"You do not actually sit in a room with them, they are brought in shackled into a little cell then I go in and interview them behind reinforced glass.

"It's an extraordinary experience."

One of the men Susanna interviews for the series is Billie Wayne Coble, a triple killer who murdered his estranged wife’s family.

Susanna was stunned by his lack of remorse as he stared death in the face.

Coble spent nearly 30 years on death row after the August 1989 shootings of his wife’s parents Robert and Zelda Vicha and their son Bobby in Texas.

When Susanna asked what he thought of the gruesome slayings, Coble, 70, smiled.

“To some people it matters,” he said. “To me it really no longer matters.”

Susanna pushed him further, asking whether he would offer an apology to the Vicha family.

“OK, if you want me to give some type of, like, rehearsed apology or something, I mean, I've already said that I regret what happened,” was his chilling reply.

“Now I fully regret what happened. But I also truly regret a lot of things in life.”

Coble, who never repented for the killings, was once described by a prosecutor as having "a heart full of scorpions".

On February 28, he became the oldest inmate executed by Texas since the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

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