Skip to comments.Reporter's Eyewitness Account of Allen's Execution
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."
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
..."Mr. Allen finally received the justice he deserved tonight,"...
It pleases me that this turd did not get to die peacefully.
How poetic and transcendent it must have been. I wonder how he murdered his victims? Did they get a feather and chanting too?
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.
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.
33 minutes???? I thought they said they were delivering many times lethal dosages...
Was the "Save Tookie" crowd there?
I agree..........It was cruel and unusual punishment for the taxpayers!
As somewhat Tslagi myself, I really resent it when someone plays noble, oppressed, Native American, as an excuse for animal behavior.
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.
Liberalism is a mental illness.
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.
Oh, right. I think I know the answer.
How can you write a story about an execution and not detail the condemned's last meal?
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.
Give my regards to Tookie, you scum bag.
I didn't know Indians had feathers...
Sometimes the condemned don't get a last meal...they just unceremoniously remove their feeding tubes.
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.
Good...the land of the fruits and nuts executes another killer/murderer....
It sounds like he wasn't perhaps as incapacitated as it seemed ... and that his "Indian" attributes were picked up while in prison.
Another one bites the dust...another one bites the dust...for some odd reason want to sing that old but popular song...oh yea
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.
I guess the USSC was right. He wasn't too old or sick to die.
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.
[sigh] All this costly drug induced execution.... pfffft. Nitrogen narcosis is far cheaper, painless, effective and much quicker.
Obviously, Allen was a member of the Indian Tribe known as the Frend-Lee nation who dance to the chant of ......
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
Sounds like more Ward Churchill Sittingbullscheiss
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.
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.
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.
I SMELL AGENDA. Well, more accurately, I smell the Stench that is San Francisco...
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'.
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!
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.
I prefer "Gabba Gabba Hey."
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.
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.
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.
Honey mustard or BBQ? Inquiring minds ...