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Owens' relative shares story (Tookie's first victim)
Pasadena Star-News ^ | 12/07/2005 | Sandy Mazza

Posted on 12/08/2005 1:13:19 AM PST by beaversmom

Albert Lewis Owens came to Whittier to start over.

Recently discharged from the Army and divorced from his wife, who retained custody of the couple's two daughters, he was ready for a new beginning, said his stepmother, Lora Owens.

Owens had visited Southern California as a child, and it was the first place he thought of when he decided the time was right for something new.

"The divorce was really traumatic. He wanted a new start," "He just thought, going out there, he might be able to get his life back together and make things go right again."

So Owens packed up and left Missouri, his parents, brothers, his ex-wife and his two kids for a place where he had no friends, no history and no job.

He settled in Whittier, for reasons still unknown to his stepmother, and found a job working the cash register counter at a 7-Eleven on Whittier Boulevard.

His goal was to save money and regain custody of daughters Rebecca and Andrea, said his stepmother.

Instead, the convenience store would prove to be the wrong place at the wrong time for Owens.

As the 26-year-old was sweeping the store's parking lot in the early morning of Feb. 28, 1979, four men went into the store. Owens followed them inside.

One of the men, Stanley Tookie Williams, pointed a shotgun at Owens and directed him to lie down on the floor of a walk-in refrigerator at the back of the store.

While his accomplices took $120 from the register, Williams chambered a round into his shotgun and fired into the security monitor.

He chambered a second round and fired it into Owens's back as he lay face down on the floor. Before leaving, he shot Owens again.

According to the accomplices-turned-witnesses, Owens begged for his life before being murdered. After shooting Owens, Williams joked about the gurgling sounds the young man made as he lay dying on the floor.

Eleven days later, Williams robbed the Brookhaven Motel on Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, where he murdered live-in owners Yen-I Yang, 76, his wife, Tsai-Shai Yang, 63, and their daughter Yee-Chen Lin, 43.

Now, 26 years later, as a small army of supporters, led by a host of Hollywood celebrities and activists, works diligently to persuade Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger to save Williams from a Dec. 13 execution, Lora Owens spends her days doing back-to-back media interviews.

She says she is giving her side of the Tookie Williams story - the Albert Owens story. Between her 60-hour a week job, and with little sleep, Lora Owens spends hours on the phone, talking to reporters from all over the world. She is surrounded by piles of notes and records about the case.

She pushes on with the help of her faith in God and her church, she said. The past year has been a nightmare, she said.

"At first, it was unbelievable," Owens said. "Then Hollywood decided to make a big production about it. I was like, `What? You're kidding?' Then, it became a nightmare."

She is determined that, amid the clamor for Williams' life, no one forgets the red-headed, freckle-faced boy with sparkling eyes who loved "Star Wars."

As a young man, on visits home from the Army, Albert would show off to his brothers, she recalled.

"His stepbrothers were young and he would do calisthetics," Lora said in a telephone interview. "He'd show them how he learned to do it one-handed. He was so proud to be in the military."

As a man, Lora mostly recalls Albert as a father who adored his daughters. Shortly before he was murdered, Owens had visited his daughters in Missouri. Lora remembers spending time at home with him and the family. Now, she said, his daughters barely remember their dad.

Charles Owens, Albert's father, who died in 1995, was devastated by his son's death, Lora said.

Charles often asked her to call attorneys and detectives in the case. Before Charles died, he had made a stark and lasting request of her: "You're not going to forget about Albert, are you?"

Williams' supporters argue that the Crips gang leader has been redeemed during his years on Death Row. A movie about his life, "Redemption," starring Jamie Foxx, highlighted the positive aspects of Williams' life in prison.

He co-authored anti-gang children's books and developed a peace process for rival gangs. To this day, Williams maintains he is innocent of murdering Owens and the Yang family.

"For all four victims, it was a tragic loss of life, but Stan is not guilty of those murders," said Cameron Sturdevant, spokesman for the Save Tookie Committee.

"Stan has done much more to stop gang violence than the deputy district attorney who tried the case and police involved in the investigation. I would like to know one anti-gang book title they've written, or how many gang truces they've brokered," he said.

Sturdevant said he doesn't believe the witnesses to the murders were credible, and he disputes that there was enough physical evidence to convict Williams in 1981.

For Lora Owens, the debate over whether Williams should live or die boils down to her late husband's last words to her. She believes Charles will never rest in peace until Williams is dead.

"I'll be standing at the execution in the name of Albert," Lora said. "I think Albert would've expected me to be there. And if I'm the only person in the room, I won't be alone."

Lora Owens said. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com

(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: crips; deathpenalty; frytookie; stanleywilliams; tookie; tookiewilliams

1 posted on 12/08/2005 1:13:20 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

I doubt that was even close to his FIRST victim


2 posted on 12/08/2005 1:21:39 AM PST by GeronL (Leftism is the INSANE Cult of the Artificial)
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To: GeronL

That's true.


3 posted on 12/08/2005 1:22:55 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
If I could, I'd pull the switch myself. I believe the dead are very much aware of the living do. If you've seen the ending of the Cold Case TV show episodes where the detective sees the victims smile back when justice is done, yeah, I think its exactly like that. Justice brings honor to society and allows the dead to finally rest in peace.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

4 posted on 12/08/2005 1:28:27 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: beaversmom
Eleven days later, Williams robbed the Brookhaven Motel on Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, where he murdered live-in owners Yen-I Yang, 76, his wife, Tsai-Shai Yang, 63, and their daughter Yee-Chen Lin, 43.

At least 4 people are known to have been murdered by this POS. Give him the big jab now!

5 posted on 12/08/2005 1:38:37 AM PST by Prince Charles
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To: beaversmom
I have always thought justice should be swift and sure.
If a criminal wants to have an appeal, he should first under go all possible means to prove he did not do the crime by using all types of truth serums.
This would lower the amount of innocents in prison and might clear up other crimes.
This would also save the vast amount of money paid to lawyers who make a career out of filing endless appeals for these scum!
6 posted on 12/08/2005 1:43:27 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Giving power and money to Congress is like giving liquor and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O'Rour)
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To: beaversmom
He hasn't redeemed himself as he hasn't confessed to what part he played in the murder of 4 innocent people. It matters not what he appears to have done since being put in prison. What matters is for him to provide answers to the loved ones of the deceased.

He was found guilty and sentenced by a jury of his peers. After being sentenced he's worn a facade to cover the evil of the man he is and was. He gave no thought to the good of the people he murdered so why should we allow him a weigh-in?

Every action has a reaction. It's past time he experience the reaction of his murderous actions. At least he has the comfort of knowing why he's being put to death. The people he murdered and their loved one's don't even have the answer to why.
7 posted on 12/08/2005 1:53:13 AM PST by Sally'sConcerns (Native Texan, now in SW Ok..)
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To: Prince Charles
At least 4 people are known to have been murdered by this POS. Give him the big jab now!

I wonder if any of Tookie's celeb supporters would be willing to take the needle for poor Tookie.

8 posted on 12/08/2005 2:20:27 AM PST by cowboyway (My heroes have always been cowboys.)
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To: beaversmom

-----Hurry up and get rid of this trash. He doesn't deserve to breathe the same air as normal people do.


9 posted on 12/08/2005 2:42:46 AM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man)
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To: cowboyway

We can only hope...


10 posted on 12/08/2005 2:53:39 AM PST by Prince Charles
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To: beaversmom
....."A movie about his life, "Redemption," starring Jamie Foxx, highlighted the positive aspects of Williams' life in prison. He co-authored anti-gang children's books and developed a peace process for rival gangs. To this day, Williams maintains he is innocent of murdering Owens and the Yang family. "For all four victims, it was a tragic loss of life, but Stan is not guilty of those murders," said Cameron Sturdevant, spokesman for the Save Tookie Committee."

blah, blah, blah, blah--put this piece of crap down for crying out loud says RushLake, spokesman of the Slay Tookie Committee.

11 posted on 12/08/2005 3:00:39 AM PST by RushLake (Baghdad minus saddam hussein = Detroit)
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To: beaversmom

I don't care if tookie monster grew wings and flew around his cell...GET RID OF THIS FILTH NOW!


12 posted on 12/08/2005 3:01:10 AM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death"( Al-Qaeda & Democratic Party)
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To: goldstategop

"Cold Case " TV shows? Something new? I've been overseas for 20+ years. Never heard of this one.


13 posted on 12/08/2005 3:09:58 AM PST by Shery (S. H. in APOland)
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To: beaversmom

The man was voted the death penalty by a jury..Carry out the sentence the jury gave him. It's long past time to carry out the sentence.


14 posted on 12/08/2005 3:17:11 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Shery

http://www.aetv.com/tv/shows/coldcasefiles/
This one is about real cases

I think this one is the one he refers to

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/cold_case/


15 posted on 12/08/2005 3:44:56 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: MEG33
Yep. The CBS one. Kathryn Norris is pefectly cast as the beautiful avenging angel. Although in real life its more likely a guy who's likely to keep following the case. And cold cases rarely get solved as easily depicted on TV.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

16 posted on 12/08/2005 3:48:08 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Neither is forensic evidence as plentiful as on CSI.


17 posted on 12/08/2005 4:01:58 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: beaversmom
"Stan has done much more to stop gang violence than the deputy district attorney who tried the case and police involved in the investigation. I would like to know one anti-gang book title they've written, or how many gang truces they've brokered," he said.
Well, isn't that special.
18 posted on 12/08/2005 4:05:59 AM PST by samtheman
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To: MEG33
I enjoy CSI. I know it ain't real but its entertaining. I like how the evidence is put together to nail the suspect. If the show and its spin-offs could be summed up in a catchy phrase, it would have to be: "Its the DNA, stupid!"

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

19 posted on 12/08/2005 4:22:26 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: samtheman

It doesn't overcome the murders he committed in cold blood.
Libs love "reformation" that does not even include admission or repentance for the crimes he was convicted of!
He repents other things but does not own up to the murders.


20 posted on 12/08/2005 4:32:04 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: cowboyway

Even more, I wonder if they would welcome him to their posh neighborhood.....without their beefy security guards around.


21 posted on 12/08/2005 4:44:02 AM PST by Guenevere
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To: MEG33
He repents other things but does not own up to the murders.
yup
22 posted on 12/08/2005 4:46:44 AM PST by samtheman
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To: MEG33

If he confessed to a rebirth through Jesus Christ the Hollywood libs wouldn't touch him.


23 posted on 12/08/2005 5:05:35 AM PST by em2vn
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To: beaversmom
"Tookies" supporters should be on death row with him.
24 posted on 12/08/2005 8:12:33 AM PST by monday
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To: beaversmom

I spent a little time browsing on tookie.com. This is what he regrets:

"I also didn't expect the Crips to end up ruining the lives of so many young people, especially young black men who have hurt other young black men. . . . So today I apologize to you all -- the children of America and South Africa -- who must cope every day with dangerous street gangs. I no longer participate in the so-called gangster lifestyle, and I deeply regret that I ever did.

As a contribution to the struggle to end child-on-child brutality and black-on-black brutality, I have written the Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence children's book series."

There isn't a word of sympathy for his victims, or other innocent victims of gang crime. His sympathy is for the gang members. He regrets their -- and his own -- self-destruction -- that is all.

I think Tookie is still the same racist he was when he murdered whites and Asians in cold blood, laughed about their suffering, and stated that he wanted to kill all whites.


25 posted on 12/08/2005 8:37:14 AM PST by lady lawyer
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To: lady lawyer

In other words, Tookie's reformation is really just self-pity, extending to those he views as being like himself.


26 posted on 12/08/2005 8:38:16 AM PST by lady lawyer
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To: beaversmom

The evil of the MSM is apparent in the utter lack of reporting of the crimes and victims, and the non-stop propaganda in favor of clemency.


27 posted on 12/08/2005 9:09:22 AM PST by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: beaversmom
Why is it that you need to peel away the media layers before you read a quote from a family member instead of Snoop Doggie Dog and Jessie Jackson? Oh! that's right it's our mainstream media. I think they should execute Tookie and 3 of his family members to make things equal, and do it with a shot gun in the back from point blank range.

Speaking of the mainstream media: Tookie is to the Nobel Peace Prize as Dan Rather is to the Peabody award.
28 posted on 12/08/2005 1:33:27 PM PST by jackieaxe (English speaking, law abiding, taxpaying citizen)
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To: beaversmom
As a man, Lora mostly recalls Albert as a father who adored his daughters. Shortly before he was murdered, Owens had visited his daughters in Missouri. Lora remembers spending time at home with him and the family. Now, she said, his daughters barely remember their dad. Charles Owens, Albert's father, who died in 1995, was devastated by his son's death, Lora said.

It's criminal that Albert's Dad died heartbroken in '95, 16 years after Tookie brutally mudered him and Tookie continued living. Also, Albert's kids barely remember him. How can you ever think of not putting this POS down?

Mike Farrell, grow a f'en brain, butthead!
29 posted on 12/08/2005 1:39:37 PM PST by jackieaxe (English speaking, law abiding, taxpaying citizen)
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