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?