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Man Who Killed His Ex-Wife During an Eight-Hour Prison Furlough Is Executed
Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2005 | Tom Coyne

Posted on 09/28/2005 2:25:18 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - A man who beat his ex-wife to death with an unloaded shotgun during an eight-hour furlough from prison was executed early Wednesday, hours after the governor denied his request for clemency.

Alan Matheney, 54, was pronounced dead at 12:27 a.m. EST after receiving a lethal injection at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. Matheney said his attorney would give his final statement.

Matheney was sentenced to death in 1990 for murdering 29-year-old Lisa Bianco. Prosecutors said he drove to the South Bend suburb of Mishawaka, broke into Bianco's home, chased her outside and beat her to death.

When granted the prison furlough, he had been serving an eight-year sentence for a 1987 assault on Bianco and confining their two children.

The murder came just months after images of Willie Horton, a murderer who committed a rape while on prison furlough in Massachusetts, helped derail Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis' 1988 bid for the White House.

In Indiana, then-Gov. Evan Bayh suspended the state's prison furlough program after Bianco's murder. The program has since been reinstated, but with tighter restrictions.

The state also agreed to pay $900,000 to Bianco's estate and the couple's children, who were home at the time of the attack.

Bianco had divorced Matheney in 1985. She continued to fear her husband even after his incarceration and had gotten assurances from prison officials that she would be notified if he was ever released.

She was not notified of the furlough, however, and Matheney violated the terms of his pass and an earlier court order when he left central Indiana for her home.

On Tuesday, Gov. Mitch Daniels denied defense lawyers' request to consider blocking the execution on grounds he was mentally ill.

Millie Bianco, the victim's mother, said although she believed Matheney deserved to be executed, she had mixed feelings about Daniels' decision.

"This is a man who washed dishes in my kitchen and who could be charming, who loved his dog," she told The Associated Press by telephone from her home in Lake Alfred, Fla. "At times your mind skips back to those parts. So it is hard."

Matheney spent his final day Tuesday meeting his two grandchildren for the first time, said Java Ahmed, an Indiana Department of Correction spokeswoman. His 22-year-old daughter brought her 7-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son to visit.

About 20 death penalty opponents marched in front of the prison banging drums Tuesday evening to protest the execution.

It was the state's fifth execution in 2005, the most in a single year in Indiana since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1977.

AP-ES-09-28-05 0201EDT


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: 15yearwait; alanmatheney; evanbayh; indiana; lisabianco; milliebianco; roomtemperature; southbend; williehorton

1 posted on 09/28/2005 2:25:20 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar
Matheney spent his final day Tuesday meeting his two grandchildren for the first time, said Java Ahmed, an Indiana Department of Correction spokeswoman. His 22-year-old daughter brought her 7-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son to visit.

Really Bizarre...Oh, I think I'll let the Kiddies visit Grandpa @ the prison. :(

2 posted on 09/28/2005 2:34:37 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I love a happy ending.


3 posted on 09/28/2005 2:41:29 AM PDT by highlymotivated (If American ever falls, a STINKING LIBERAL will be behind it.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Somebody screwed up big time. At least justice was finally served.


4 posted on 09/28/2005 2:41:42 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Millie Bianco, the victim's mother, said although she believed Matheney deserved to be executed, she had mixed feelings about Daniels' decision. "This is a man who washed dishes in my kitchen and who could be charming, who loved his dog," she told The Associated Press by telephone from her home in Lake Alfred, Fla. "At times your mind skips back to those parts. So it is hard."

It is hard alright, hard to understand some people!

Forget about him being charming, and think about the sustained cruelty to your daughter, and the agony and terror of her last moments as he beat her to death.

5 posted on 09/28/2005 2:45:41 AM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: Jet Jaguar

So if some Democrat uses this case against Evan Bayh in the Donk Primary, like Algore used Willie Horton against Dukakis, do you think the Republican front-runner will get blamed again?


6 posted on 09/28/2005 2:49:25 AM PDT by gridlock (IF YOU'RE NOT CATCHING FLAK, YOU'RE NOT OVER THE TARGET...)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

Yeah, somebody named Evan Bayh. I'll remember this one-- he's a likely candidate for President, could very well end up being the Hildebeast's running mate.

http://bayh.senate.gov/about.html


7 posted on 09/28/2005 2:51:23 AM PDT by zipper (Freedom Isn't Free)
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To: BlackVeil

Wow! I read "mother" and I skipped that paragraph. That statement was from the victim's mother! Sure he loved his dog, but he killed your daughter! You really have to wonder about a mind that can have a hard time balancing those two out properly...


8 posted on 09/28/2005 2:51:32 AM PDT by gridlock (IF YOU'RE NOT CATCHING FLAK, YOU'RE NOT OVER THE TARGET...)
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To: Jet Jaguar

How many anti-death-penalty protestors showed up for this one?


9 posted on 09/28/2005 3:39:34 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: bkepley

About 20 death penalty opponents marched in front of the prison banging drums Tuesday evening to protest the execution.


(according to the article)


10 posted on 09/28/2005 3:45:03 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

What the lib press won't report that here was another case of a women (the murderer's spouse) who was killed because she didn't have a gun. While the libs love to print stories about accidental gun deaths or people being murdered by guns, they never consider the fact that many people are killed because they weren't armed. The ex-wife was BEATEN!!! to death by her ex-husband, not shot. Once again, the people most likely to be saved by having guns (females) seem to be the people who are most anti-gun. The simple fact is the average female is no match physically for the average male. The hand gun is the great equalizer.


11 posted on 09/28/2005 4:05:41 AM PDT by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
The murder came just months after images of Willie Horton...

Nice to see Evan Bayh was on top of things! (sarcasm)

Sentenced to death in 1990. What year is this? 2005? Wow, that's almost swift justice!

12 posted on 09/28/2005 4:09:49 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: Stop union theft for political agendas: YES on Prop 75!)
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To: zipper
If I recall correctly Evan Bayh was the Indiana Governor that neglected the State Mental hospitals and released a hoard of the insane from Central State Hospital onto the streets to cause harm or be harmed.

The excuse for their release was that a few of the residents committed suicide on the grounds. The truth is that had occurred over and over various times through out the history of the hospital but was played up big time when the hospital became a shambles and would have needed a lot of funds to repair or rebuild.

I remember that shorty after the long time residents of the hospital were release that they started to show up in the paper as being arrested for various crimes and one ran out in the street and got killed by a car. Many that had been released had violent histories.

The Central State property remains a nice piece of sprawling real estate right in the center of downtown Indiana to date.

13 posted on 09/28/2005 4:16:58 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Earth to liberals, we were not in Iraq on 9/11 so how did the war cause terrorism again?)
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To: driftless

Agreed.


14 posted on 09/28/2005 4:20:35 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: BlackVeil

Maybe. But also remember this: to quote Steven King's THE GREEN MILE, he's square with the house now. One way or 'tother.


15 posted on 09/28/2005 4:24:19 AM PDT by Appalled but Not Surprised
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To: driftless

Yeah, guns don't kill people, guns wieled as baseball bats by evil thugs kill people....


16 posted on 09/28/2005 4:25:55 AM PDT by Appalled but Not Surprised
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To: driftless
What the lib press won't report that here was another case of a women (the murderer's spouse) who was killed because she didn't have a gun. While the libs love to print stories about accidental gun deaths or people being murdered by guns, they never consider the fact that many people are killed because they weren't armed. The ex-wife was BEATEN!!! to death by her ex-husband, not shot. Once again, the people most likely to be saved by having guns (females) seem to be the people who are most anti-gun. The simple fact is the average female is no match physically for the average male. The hand gun is the great equalizer.

Excellent post.

The poor woman depended on the State to protect her.

She paid for that misplaced faith with her life.

17 posted on 09/28/2005 4:30:37 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Gal.4:16)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Evan Bayh is a worthless little pretty boy who got elected because of his dad's name. He also spent the state blind.


18 posted on 09/28/2005 4:42:42 AM PDT by Misschuck
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To: Jet Jaguar

They ought to execute the guys who granted the furlough.


19 posted on 09/28/2005 5:05:05 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Jet Jaguar
Matheney violated the terms of his pass and an earlier court order when he left central Indiana for her home.

Who'd have imagined that he would do that????

20 posted on 09/28/2005 5:06:31 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: driftless

Whence did he get the shotgun used as a club? Perhaps it was in her house.


21 posted on 09/28/2005 5:10:12 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (No wonder the Southern Baptist Church threw Greer out: Only one god per church! [Ann Coulter])
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To: newzjunkey

It's no wonder that it costs more to execute someone than to give them life in prison. If he was executed the day after he was put on death row, a few dollars could have been saved.


22 posted on 09/28/2005 5:30:40 AM PDT by rorera
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To: Jet Jaguar
A man who beat his ex-wife to death with an unloaded shotgun ...

How much do you want to bet this was recorded somewhere as a "gun violence death"?

23 posted on 09/28/2005 5:31:45 AM PDT by MortMan (Mostly Harmless)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Alan Matheney, 54, was pronounced dead at 12:27 a.m. EST after receiving a lethal injection at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

Lethal injection???

Why wasn't he beaten to death with an unloaded shotgun by a woman??

Heck, we have hundreds of US citizens "meeting their maker" after giving themselves "lethal injections". What kind of punishment is that?

24 posted on 09/28/2005 5:34:40 AM PDT by LilDarlin (Being very feminine got me this far; it will take me the rest of the way, too!)
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To: LilDarlin
Why wasn't he beaten to death with an unloaded shotgun by a woman??

I always thought Ted Bundy got off too easily with his execution, too. He should have been beaten to death with logs from a woodpile just like he killed the two sorority sisters in Tallahassee. And for those who are against capital punishment, he could have just been beaten every day with those same logs. Would have worked for me, either way. We were living in Tallahassee at the time, and I remember the feelings of terror until the bastard was arrested.

25 posted on 09/28/2005 5:58:48 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Jet Jaguar

I do some volunteer work in a prison and it would be interesting to know why they considered the man qualified for furlough. The fact that he was only serving eight years means no one saw him as an obvious threat. What kind of treatment if any did he receive? Was he treated for drug or alcohol abuse? I ask not because I think he wasn't trated properly but in case he did receive treatment but was a socio-path who hid his true intentions. This is the kind of thing that bothers me about prisoners. I never trust them fully because a socio-path is an expert con. It is easy to sympathise and come to love the prisoners and forget to be cautious. It's possible that this case would make a very good book.


26 posted on 09/28/2005 6:12:31 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: driftless

It's very hard to beat someone to death that has a loaded Glock in their hand!


27 posted on 09/28/2005 7:14:47 AM PDT by claudiustg (Vote for one Democrat, vote for them all...)
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To: skinkinthegrass; Jet Jaguar

My thoughts, exactly!


28 posted on 09/28/2005 7:57:03 AM PDT by beachn4fun (We are not pro-war. We are pro-freedom.)
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To: Earthdweller

Thanks for that info-- we'll have to file it away for future reference during the '08 campaign.

Let's not forget what Willie Horton did for Dukakis in '88.

http://www.forerunner.com/forerunner/X0158_Dukakis__Willie_Hort.html


29 posted on 09/28/2005 11:00:44 AM PDT by zipper (Freedom Isn't Free)
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