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Reporter's Eyewitness Account of Allen's Execution
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 17, 2006 | Kevin J. Fagan

Posted on 01/17/2006 9:28:37 AM PST by KingofZion

The oldest man to ever enter California's execution chamber met his doom Tuesday the way he'd wanted to: With the faint lilt of Native American chants ringing in the air around him, and loved ones mouthing "I love you" to him as his damaged vision slowly faded to black.

A symbolic Indian feather lay on quadruple murderer Clarence Ray Allen's chest for the entire 33-minute execution, rising and falling until the lethal poisons piped into his veins through intravenous tubes stopped his breathing and he at last lay completely still.

"Hoka Hey, (an Indian saying meaning) it's a good day to die," Allen, who turned 76 on Monday, wrote in his last statement.

Those whose lives he savaged by ordering up the shotgun deaths of their loved ones in Fresno in 1980 looked as if they couldn't have agreed more.

Patricia Pendergrass, whose 27-year-old brother Bryon Schletewitz died when Allen's hitman blasted him in the head, kept her hands clenched together and her lips pursed tightly from start to finish -- and then, as the official notice of his death was read off, she allowed herself the slightest hint of a smile. Five chairs to her right in the ring of witnesses sitting at a railing alongside the death chamber, prosecutor Ward Campbell lifted his chin as if in victory.

"Mr. Allen finally received the justice he deserved tonight," Campbell said a half-hour after the execution. "I was always confident this day would come. I am just very glad to have it finally be done."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: allen; capitalpunishment; clarencerayallen; deathpenalty; execution; protestors; tookie
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Another weepy liberal anti-justice portrayal of a vicious murderer's final moments. He did get one thing right: It was a good day for Allen to die. As were any of the last 7665 while his case was on appeal.
1 posted on 01/17/2006 9:28:42 AM PST by KingofZion
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To: KingofZion

..."Mr. Allen finally received the justice he deserved tonight,"...

It pleases me that this turd did not get to die peacefully.


2 posted on 01/17/2006 9:30:29 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: KingofZion

How poetic and transcendent it must have been. I wonder how he murdered his victims? Did they get a feather and chanting too?


3 posted on 01/17/2006 9:30:56 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: KingofZion

One of his "save the criminals" lawyers had the nerve to try to bring an appeal saying that 23 years on death row was cruel and unusual punishment.


4 posted on 01/17/2006 9:31:44 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Of course, the REASON he was on death row for 23 years was BEAUSE of appeals.

BTW, I think Kevin Fagan's writing constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.


5 posted on 01/17/2006 9:34:18 AM PST by Christian4Bush (Over THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE lost their 'civil liberties' on September 11, 2001.)
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To: KingofZion
the entire 33-minute execution

33 minutes???? I thought they said they were delivering many times lethal dosages...

6 posted on 01/17/2006 9:34:34 AM PST by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† | Libs: Celebrate MY diversity! | Iran Azadi 2006 | Is it February yet?)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Was the "Save Tookie" crowd there?


7 posted on 01/17/2006 9:35:23 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("We don't need POLITICIANS...we need STATESMEN.")
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To: KingofZion
And the people he killed have been in the black since he killed them. He should have been killed long ago and not allowed to live and enjoy his life with our tax dollars going to pay for his health care and food for these many years.

The problem is he did not die the same way he killed his victims. This is a disgrace he should have been axed not put to sleep.
8 posted on 01/17/2006 9:35:29 AM PST by YOUGOTIT
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To: Blood of Tyrants
23 years on death row was cruel and unusual punishment.

I agree..........It was cruel and unusual punishment for the taxpayers!

9 posted on 01/17/2006 9:36:17 AM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: KingofZion
"Hoka Hey"

They should hang that over the doorways of all death chambers.
10 posted on 01/17/2006 9:37:18 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Learn from the past, don't live in it.)
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To: KingofZion

As somewhat Tslagi myself, I really resent it when someone plays noble, oppressed, Native American, as an excuse for animal behavior.


11 posted on 01/17/2006 9:38:01 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (MAY I DIE ON MY FEET IN MY SWAMP)
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To: KingofZion

gotta love the "Goldilocks defense"(a term coined by David Kopel used to describe the anti-gun crowd). IE: they're too young/they're too old.
with guns, it's they're too small and concealable/they're
too big and powerful. there's never any gun that's "just right" and there's never anyone who's evil enough to die for their crime.


12 posted on 01/17/2006 9:38:36 AM PST by Rakkasan1 (Peace de Resistance! Viva la Paper towels!)
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To: KingofZion

Liberalism is a mental illness.


13 posted on 01/17/2006 9:40:12 AM PST by TheForceOfOne
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To: KingofZion

I am sure some liar (lawyer) retired on this case.
Justice should be swift and sure.

I suggest before a convicted felon gets a free lawyer to muck up justice, the felon should have truth serum and the best types of lie detection.
This might clear up old cases and give a chance for the few innocents to be freed.


14 posted on 01/17/2006 9:41:46 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (“Don't approach a Bull from the front, a Horse from the back, or a Fool from any side.”)
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To: KingofZion
Geez, this guy is too old, teenagers are too young. For what age cold blooded murderer does the criminal-coddling left think the death penalty is just right?

Oh, right. I think I know the answer.

15 posted on 01/17/2006 9:44:17 AM PST by white trash redneck (Everything I needed to know about Islam I learned on 9-11-01.)
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To: KingofZion

How can you write a story about an execution and not detail the condemned's last meal?


16 posted on 01/17/2006 9:44:55 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: KingofZion
Then while in Folsom prison for that murder, Allen sent a hitman after Schletewitz and seven others who testified against him -- and when the killer finally caught up with his first mark as he closed out his shift at Fran's Market one night in 1980, Rocha and White had the awful luck of also being on shift.

For all those death penalty critics who say life in prison without the possibility of parole is punishment enough: if the death penalty had been in effect after Allen's first murder and taken place in a reasonable amount of time after conviction, three innocent people would be alive today.

17 posted on 01/17/2006 9:46:38 AM PST by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: KingofZion

Give my regards to Tookie, you scum bag.


19 posted on 01/17/2006 9:48:57 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: KingofZion
"A symbolic Indian feather lay on quadruple murderer Clarence Ray Allen..."

I didn't know Indians had feathers...

20 posted on 01/17/2006 9:49:49 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Semper Paratus
"How can you write a story about an execution and not detail the condemned's last meal?"

Sometimes the condemned don't get a last meal...they just unceremoniously remove their feeding tubes.

21 posted on 01/17/2006 9:51:04 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I think it is outrageous that they took this old man in a wheelchair to the death chamber. It would have been much more appropriate to drag his carcass to where he would assume room temperature.


22 posted on 01/17/2006 9:53:27 AM PST by at bay
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To: KingofZion

Good...the land of the fruits and nuts executes another killer/murderer....


23 posted on 01/17/2006 9:53:56 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: at bay
"I think it is outrageous that they took this old man in a wheelchair to the death chamber."

I agree completely, especially when one considers the plight of the California Condor...


24 posted on 01/17/2006 9:57:14 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: KingofZion

It sounds like he wasn't perhaps as incapacitated as it seemed ... and that his "Indian" attributes were picked up while in prison.


25 posted on 01/17/2006 10:00:10 AM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: KingofZion
Re California Death Row:

NEXT !

26 posted on 01/17/2006 10:01:58 AM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit! There are people in Africa sober!.)
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To: So Cal Rocket

Needs repeating.


27 posted on 01/17/2006 10:04:42 AM PST by packrat35 (The America hating bastards at the NYT must spend their entire life with their heads in the toilet)
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To: llevrok

Another one bites the dust...another one bites the dust...for some odd reason want to sing that old but popular song...oh yea


28 posted on 01/17/2006 10:06:19 AM PST by way2cool01
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Was the "Save Tookie" crowd there?

Sorry, but this guy was missing certain characteristics that inspire that gang. For instance, melanin deficiency syndrome. But at least they are consistent in their inconsistency.

29 posted on 01/17/2006 10:08:52 AM PST by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: KingofZion
Hoka Hey, (an Indian saying meaning) it's a good day to die.


That's not Indian. That's Klingon!!! (Stupid Indian time-traveler thieves!)
30 posted on 01/17/2006 10:10:19 AM PST by macamadamia (The great dangerous non-sequitur du jour: oil-independence will stop terrorism.)
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To: KingofZion

I guess the USSC was right. He wasn't too old or sick to die.


31 posted on 01/17/2006 10:16:16 AM PST by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: way2cool01

great song but they are pikers.....

Hunstville Texas ROCKS......We need to limit the appeals and start catching up with Huntsville.....5 years and you're out.


32 posted on 01/17/2006 10:17:16 AM PST by halfright (3 Days post Hanoi (Jihadi) Jane... 2200hrs meeting to urinate on her grave...Semper Fi !)
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To: KingofZion

33 min?????

[sigh] All this costly drug induced execution.... pfffft. Nitrogen narcosis is far cheaper, painless, effective and much quicker.


33 posted on 01/17/2006 10:18:37 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: KingofZion
"Hoka Hey, (an Indian saying meaning) it's a good day to die," Allen, who turned 76 on Monday, wrote in his last statement."

Obviously, Allen was a member of the Indian Tribe known as the Frend-Lee nation who dance to the chant of ......

"Hey-Hah-Wah-Yah, Hey-Hah-Wah-Yah!

34 posted on 01/17/2006 10:20:34 AM PST by albee ("Those that bite the hand that feeds them will lick the boot that kicks them!" - Eric Hoffer)
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To: macamadamia
"Hoka Hey, (an Indian saying meaning) it's a good day to die"

I knew that sounded familiar:

"Meka Leka Hi Meka Hiney Ho" - Magical incantation used by Jambi the Genie (John Paragon) on the Saturday morning children's program PEE WEE'S PLAYHOUSE/CBS/1986-91. Jambi lived in a purple box with two jewel studded doors that sat on a tabletop inside Pee Wee Herman's playhouse. He had blue skin and wore a red turban but all the audience ever saw was his head which floated inside the box bathed in a glow of blue light. Once a jabbering green monster came into the playhouse. "What's he saying Pee Wee?" said Chairy (a talking chair). "I wish I knew" replied Pee Wee. Suddenly the doors of Jambi's jewel covered box opened. "Wish? Did somebody say wish?" Jambi then said "Monster, Monster, I command, Speak so we can understand. Now everyone repeat after me. Meka leka hi, meka hiney ho!" Suddenly, a halo of light filled the room and everyone could understand the monster's language. The deed done, Jambi said "The wish is granted. Long live Jambi." and the doors to his box closed. source

35 posted on 01/17/2006 10:21:43 AM PST by steelcurtain
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To: KingofZion
Allen was referred to as a white man when he went to prison, but his Choctaw and Cherokee roots took on great important in the final years of his life

Sounds like more Ward Churchill Sittingbullscheiss

36 posted on 01/17/2006 10:23:33 AM PST by Alouette (The Anti-Borg - You Will NOT be Assimilated!)
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To: YOUGOTIT
This is a disgrace he should have been axed not put to sleep.

I will never understand this sickness that some FReepers bring to these execution threads. I find it disturbing when the good guys are as depraved as the bad guys.

37 posted on 01/17/2006 10:25:19 AM PST by Melas (What!? Read or learn something? Why would anyone do that, when they can just go on being stupid)
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To: albee

If you read the part that I was forced to excerpt, you'll discover some nice info that was never previously reported, to wit:

(1) HE WAS NOT BLIND AND INFIRM! He got up out of his chair, looked over at the "audience", waved goodbye, etc.
The whole wheelchair bit was just a ploy and no doubt egged on by his lawyers, who knew he didn't have an iota of a chance on his "I didn't do it" appeal.

(2) HE WAS NOT AN INDIAN. His intake form said "white" - the whole native american routine was again concocted years later by his lawyers. No doubt he had some choctow blood, but he didn't discover his "heritage" until late in the game.


38 posted on 01/17/2006 10:27:01 AM PST by KingofZion
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To: KingofZion

I'm completely disgusted that there were 200 people protesting this thing's execution but 2000 protesting "Tookie's". Why were people upset over "Tookie" and not over this creep?
When I have the answer to that, I'll finally understand liberals.


39 posted on 01/17/2006 10:28:05 AM PST by BooksForTheRight.com (what have you done today to fight terrorism/leftism (same thing!))
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To: Blood of Tyrants
One of his "save the criminals" lawyers had the nerve to try to bring an appeal saying that 23 years on death row was cruel and unusual punishment.

Then we should give judges a pistol and some ammo...
40 posted on 01/17/2006 10:29:05 AM PST by ricer1
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To: steelcurtain
Meka Leka Hi Meka Hiney Ho


LOL!
41 posted on 01/17/2006 10:30:45 AM PST by macamadamia (The great dangerous non-sequitur du jour: oil-independence will stop terrorism.)
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To: KingofZion
Isn't this article written by the same Kevin J. Fagan that claimed to have seen a tear gently roll down "Tookie" Williams' cheek?

I SMELL AGENDA. Well, more accurately, I smell the Stench that is San Francisco...

42 posted on 01/17/2006 10:32:16 AM PST by detsaoT (run bsd)
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To: BunnySlippers
"... It sounds like he wasn't perhaps as incapacitated as it seemed ... and that his "Indian" attributes were picked up while in prison."

So it appears. The warden says that the allegedly 'legally blind', 'nearly deaf', and incapacitated wheelchair-bound Allen has been walking around his cell reading his own mail for months prior to the execution. His hearing was good enough that he could identify those in the witness chamber who called out to him as he rose under his own power to get to the gurney.

When he entered prison, he was a 'White man' and then later embraced his part Indian heritage so that his supporters in the anti-Capital Punishment movement could refer to him as a 'person of color'.

43 posted on 01/17/2006 10:38:06 AM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: KingofZion
"(2) HE WAS NOT AN INDIAN. His intake form said "white" - the whole native american routine was again concocted years later by his lawyers. No doubt he had some choctow blood, but he didn't discover his "heritage" until late in the game.

Please re-read my post and you will see that my comments were meant to be sarcasm.

I wouldn't trust any word that came out of that scumbag's mouth!

44 posted on 01/17/2006 10:41:05 AM PST by albee ("Those that bite the hand that feeds them will lick the boot that kicks them!" - Eric Hoffer)
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To: Melas
Point taken, but it's not the criminal that elicits the emotions you're reading. It's the debate over the issue of capital punishment.

I think that it's not so much a celebration of a criminal's demise, but another 'victory' (if you will) over the anti-capital punishment activists.

It's their way of insulting them back.

45 posted on 01/17/2006 10:49:51 AM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: steelcurtain

I prefer "Gabba Gabba Hey."


46 posted on 01/17/2006 10:52:50 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Semper Paratus

It was reported yesterday that he enjoyed a last meal of KFC chicken nuggets, buffalo meat, and some other items. My sources tell me he only took one bite from each item and pronounced it "good."

Hopefully they did not waste the remaining food but saved some taxpayer $$ by recycling it for some of his death row buddies.


47 posted on 01/17/2006 12:04:51 PM PST by KingofZion
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To: detsaoT
Isn't this article written by the same Kevin J. Fagan that claimed to have seen a tear gently roll down "Tookie" Williams' cheek? I SMELL AGENDA. Well, more accurately, I smell the Stench that is San Francisco...

Not only that, but he continues to call the administered drugs "poisons". They are not poisons, but drugs that are regularly administered in medicinal use (thiopental, for oral surgery; muscle relaxer, etc.) They just aren't used in lethal doses in everyday life. His bias seeps out just in the descriptions he uses.

48 posted on 01/17/2006 3:40:01 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Over THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE lost their 'civil liberties' on September 11, 2001.)
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There are good arguments against the death penalty, but this old scumbag is the best argument for the death penalty , as he successfully murdered three people whilst in jail.


49 posted on 01/17/2006 8:54:49 PM PST by at bay
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It was reported yesterday that he enjoyed a last meal of KFC chicken nuggets

Honey mustard or BBQ? Inquiring minds ...

50 posted on 01/17/2006 9:03:02 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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