Skip to comments.What will death row be like for Peterson? (From someone on death row)
Posted on 12/13/2004 5:04:17 PM PST by BJungNan
What will death row be like for Peterson?
A considerable amount of mail flows into my cell from people out there in the world asking what it's really like living day-to-day on San Quentin's Death Row. I'm always tempted to quip, its's a hell f a lot better than dying here. But then I really don't know if that's true -- yet.
I answer every letter even if the writer is rapidly pro-death penalty. It's easy for me to understand their attraction to the concept of killing convicted murderers. In the abstract, the death penalty has an elegant Newtonian -- for every action there is an opposite reaction -- symmetry that easy harmonizes with the Old Testament -- eye for an eye -- overtone which strikes a reassuring resonance within a majority of citizens.
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It is sad. They probably believed him ... in the beginning. The story now is that even his own half brother and sister wouldn't testify for him. It seems that while they were searching for Laci, he was coming on to his half-sister's babysitter! The guy is a sociopath monster.
I agree about Geragos-- media bimboy. Peterson would have done better with a public defender or the first lawyer he hired--McLelland? But, Peterson's family has always enabled his narcissism...
I'm gonna barf...But I may calm myself by googling a picture of the child killer, Richard Allen Davis, just after his conviction for killing Polly Klass, flick everyone off with the bird.
Did anyone note that Scott's parents never referred to Scott as a potential father or excited about being a daddy? Like Laci and the baby were rarely discussed by them.
Very very bad sign.
I'm slowly pro-death penalty.
I'm not pro-death penalty
No kidding. Not to mention the rewarding feeling that another piece of human trash has been removed, never to have the chance to kill again.
The last guy removed thusly in California was in 1996:
William George Bonin The Freeway Killer
William Bonin kidnapped, robbed, raped, tortured, and killed 21 teenaged boys; he was ultimately convicted of 14 murders in two separate trials. In 1972, Bonin was officially declared disabled. The Vietnam veteran claimed to be unable to work, due to severe mental illness. So the government began sending him a monthly check for about $500. Then in 1982, Bonin was tried and convicted of the rape, torture, and murder of 10 young men in Southern California. But the wheels of justice turn slowly, and it wouldn't be until 1996 that Bonin was finally executed.
During those intervening 14 years, the government mistakenly continued to send disability checks after Bonin's multiple homicide conviction. The Social Security Administration mailed a total of $79,424 in assistance to his last known address -- his mother's house in Downey, California. She used the money to pay off her mortgage. None of this came to light before the execution. After the error was discovered, the family agreed to repay the government.
In 1979, Bonin began murdering young male hitchhikers and dumping their bodies around the Southern California freeway system. He had some accomplices, who ultimately informed on him. Bonin's defense attorney was Earl Hanson, who had previously defended John Holmes during the Wonderland murder trial.
On February 23, 1996 William Bonin was the first person California put to death by Lethal Injection. His last meal had included two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three servings of coffee ice cream, and fifteen cans (5.3 liters) of Coca-Cola. It can safely be assumed that Bonin was either a huge Coke drinker, or he just needed 500mg of caffeine to make the most of his final hours... which he spent watching Jeopardy.
Long and somewhat arduous, baby killers are the bottom of the heap, even on death row.
That makes two of us but we are definatly in the minority here.
We used to have great death-penalty discussions. I always tried to frame the topic - Death Penalty: Should it Hurt? Sometimes I think condemned killers should die the average way they killed their victims.
Interesting read, thousands of words and not word one about the victims. Sociopaths don't get cured. They get smarter, more dangerous and wiser in the ways of preying on the weak but they never get cured.
We load the system in favor of defendants as a way of minimizing the chance for error that would lead to conviction of an innocent party. It's to the point where with all the procedural safeguards that prosecuting a capital murder in Georgia - is so expensive that the cost of such a prosecution can consume a small central or south Georgia county's annual law enforcement budget. The incentive, when one finds a dead body in such a county, is to take it across the county line and make it someone else's problem. There has to be a way to safeguard against conviction of the innocent without making it so expensive.
This jury did the right thing here - and I was impressed in the post trial interview with the three members of the jury who spoke. O.J. was particularly lucky in the dumb jury that sat on his criminal case ("The DNA Evidence? you mean that scientific mumbo-jumbo - oh, we disregarded that!"
It gets to the point where they simply forget about why they're in that situation and focus exclusively on their own misery.
One bad thing about the death penalty is that you not only get executed; you get life imprisonment on top of it!
Anti-death penalty here, too.
I couldn't reconcile it with my faith.
I'm thinking that Bonin wanted to play one last joke on the prison labor that had to...clean the gurney...so to speak.
With any luck:
"...the child killer, Richard Allen Davis,..."
Is this slime dead yet?
"Anti-death penalty here, too.
I couldn't reconcile it with my faith."
That tends to happen with folks whose Bible only has 1 Book - the New Testament. Good idea to read the whole Canon of our Faith. You might find that reconciliation you need.
Too many innocent people have been put to death, too many people convicted and on death row and later found out to be innocent and released. But, I suspect I am preaching to the choir here.
Peterson has no idea what's in store for him.
Calfornia's executed 8 men since Bonin. The last was in January 02. As executions go, California's pretty much in the middle of the states. I think we're like 26th. We do it often enough to say we've got it. Some states claim to have it but haven't executed anyone.
Not simply revenge - Justice. That's what it is. Appropriate. Fair. Just.
But people are saying that this is just the beginning, not the end of it. They conservatively estimate the appeals will cost as much or more than the trial to date, which has cost millions, and that it will stretch out for years. At least it'll give the FOX and CNN and NBC crews some more live stand-ups shots in the tents. Full employment.
You're not Christian?
Onward to the Robert Blake trial. Hopefully he'll be the next murderer to go down.
Then you should be in favor of Peterson's eventual execution. His would be the exception to what you see as some 'rule'. It would show that Justice CAN be done, sometimes; and not to dismiss the legitimate complaint that some went to their execution innocent of the charges. Not the case, here. And you don't sound glad for it, in that way.
What, you don't believe Blake's "Oh, I think I left my gun inside. Oh, here it is! Oh, damn, someone shot my con-artist wife while I was looking for my gun. Oh, well, it couldn't have been me, my gun was here, you all saw that" defense?
he'll be someone's girly girl?
Radio talk show host, Ken Hamblin liked this one.
I strongly agree.
Was that "BIG" John Holmes, who was Earl Hanson's former client?;)
That's the point, I thought.
Pond scum scumming scum off the top of the schlocky parent's retirement fund.
That's what I thought I was agreeing to.
Peterson won't die in my lifetime. Tonight, I heard that he will join over 600 people on California's death row.
Consider how much time and effort it will take to reduce the line to where Peterson is up front.
Perhaps California's death row needs a MOAB.
Oooops! I apologize for misreading your remark. Geeze, how embarrasing! Guess I'm used to hearing the remark, "I strongly disagree" and got a bit crosseyed.
I'm dying to know if he meant "rabidly pro death"
I'm not pro-death penalty
I thought I was strongly pro death until this case. Even though he probably did it I just can't help but ask-how was she murdered and why isn't there more physical evidence linking him to the murder. Maybe the jury saw and heard things that I am not aware of but I really wonder if the death penalty is appropriate here. I would hate to put someone to death if by chance they are innocent. And I really feel for his parents. There has been too much death already. I don't think killing him is going to make things better.
I make errors abundantly daily.
Besides, the appeals process hasn't even begun. Geragos probably has dozens of issues that would get Snotty a new trial. I'm with you, the puke will die of old age. Maybe behind bars, but maybe not. Geragos had a lot of his own personal reputation at stake here, nobody's going to pay him megabuck fees for a guilty verdict and the top of the penalty range.
The Pope is christian and yet he opposes the death penalty. Oliver North is a christian, and he too opposes it.
I get the feeling this girly-man is going to be someone's girl friend in short order. Hopefully he'll do himself in like some of his would have been neighbors have done. I hope he pays and pays for his crime.
I am not for abortion either. (oh, were you talking about executing murderers and granting closure to the survivors?)
"Sure, they failed. But, to squander their life's savings on lawyers for this psychopath they created is just a shame."
How can you blame what Scott did on his parents? Were they there helping him kill Laci and Conner? Were they telling him what to do?