A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Unspeakable. Hanging IS too good for him.

He killed her mother, her brother, and her mother's boyfriend by bludgeoning them to death. He then kidnapped her and her brother. He raped them repeatedly and then killed the brother with a shotgun. The only one left is one little girl.

I don't care how troubled his childhood was. And this is why I am not a lawyer--either as a prosecutor who would have to make deals with this piece of excrement, or even having to believe that this thing deserves a lawyer at all, much less defending him.



At 4/12/08, 11:24 AM, Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

I really do believe that everyone deserves to be defended - even people like this - if only to protect the rights of the people who are unjustly accused.

There is no question of this man's guilt or, it seems, of the fact that, if given the chance, he WILL do this again. I have some issues with the death penalty in general, but not in this case; he's clearly guilty and clearly a risk to others. Flip the switch.

At 4/12/08, 4:43 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Intellectually, I may agree with you-- but I couldn't do it. In my heart, though, hang him high.

That little girl will suffer for the rest of her life, and if people read the link, this is NOT the first time he has tortured and raped and killed.

At 4/12/08, 8:50 PM, Blogger Chaz said...

And people still don't want the death penalty? If not, I would give him life in prison in solitary confinement with his only visitor a psycho named Buster who will do to him what he did to the kids.

At 4/15/08, 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If teachers don't believe in rehabilitation, then what hope do we have?

At 4/18/08, 5:38 AM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Anonymous, we believe in rehabilitation. But more importantly we want to protect our students, whom we usually call our children, from any pain like this.

This person cannot be rehabilitated and he is suspected of other child rapes and murders. Even one was far too horrifying and too many!

At 1/20/09, 10:46 AM, Blogger Priest said...

As a heavy and negatively charged incident as this is, the arguments in favor of pursuing retributive justice are off point. An "eye for an eye" doesn't work. Right now, the USA has more of its citizens locked up behind bars than did the former USSR at the height of its oppressive regime. Think about it. Want something scary to consider? For the last 5 years there has been a quiet movement underway in America to “privatize” the prison system. This means corporate ownership of prisons which translates to “bottom line” make money for stock holders. See anything wrong with this picture?

Restorative justice has a track record of success and "No" I'm not advocating the position that all offenders are a good fit for this model. The person in question should be studied closely and studied for years. Just what is the "it" that enables a Human Being to do something so horrendous?

Unlocking the box and finding out exactly what is inside is key to preventing such things from happening in the future. More of our tax dollars for legitimate research into pressing social issues and concerns centered on mental - physical health and less of our money wasted on bailing out AIG, et al.


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