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Time served, sex offender who killed 6-year-old girl has come to live in Derry
Union Leader ^ | February 1,2008 | PAT GROSSMITH AND NANCY WEST

Posted on 02/01/2008 5:53:09 AM PST by KeyLargo

Time served, sex offender who killed 6-year-old girl has come to live in Derry

By PAT GROSSMITH AND NANCY WEST New Hampshire Union Leader

DERRY – A man who strangled, then sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl and stuffed her body into a storm drain in 1981 is living near the Derry Montessori School, a park and the public library.

Douglas Allen Simmons, 47, moved into 71 East Broadway, Apt. 3, Derry, over the weekend, according to police. Yesterday, his name and photo were posted on New Hampshire's child sex offender Web site.

Simmons was a 20-year-old sailor when he lured freckle-faced Michelle Spencer, 6, into his apartment July 19, 1981, and murdered her in Norwich, Conn., according to The Hartford Courant account of his sentencing. Simmons lived with his wife in the same building as Michelle.

Simmons strangled Michelle with a paint-speckled gray telephone cord, then sexually abused her and disposed of her body in a sewer drain near her home, according to the newspaper.

Michelle was last seen playing in her front yard wearing green shorts and a red T-shirt with a "Wonder Woman" emblem on it.

At Simmons' sentencing, a prosecutor said Simmons hit the child's hand when she reached for his stereo and, when she began to cry, covered her mouth with his hand to quiet her. She collapsed to the floor. Simmons grabbed a telephone cord, wrapped it around her neck and strangled her, The Hartford Courant reported.

The 6-year-old lived in the same building as Douglas Allen Simmons in Norwich, Conn. On July 19, 1981, he strangled her with a telephone cord, sexually abused her and disposed of her body in a sewer drain, according to the Hartford Courant.

The prosecutor said Simmons then molested the girl before putting her body in a cardboard box and dumping it in a storm drain, the newspaper reported. Simmons, a Michigan native, was a fireman's apprentice aboard the USS Fulton in New London, Conn., and had just returned home from drinking with friends.

Amid controversy, Simmons was released on probation in 2003 in Connecticut after Michigan officials scuttled his attempt to move there to be near his mother, Jacqueline Dean, of Grand Rapids.

"The facts of the case suggest that Mr. Simmons is a serious predator who will likely commit similar crimes if released," Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm said at the time. A judge ordered Simmons to complete probation in Connecticut.

Simmons' mother spoke briefly with the New Hampshire Union Leader yesterday.

"He served his time. He's doing fine. He's been out of prison over five years," Jacqueline Dean said. "He just wants to live his life." Asked whether Simmons has friends in New Hampshire, Dean said she believes he does.

Simmons is free to live wherever he wants because his sentence and probation are completed; in New Hampshire, he is required to register for the child sex offender list. He came into the Derry police station Monday and registered, police said. There is no mention of his murder conviction on the New Hampshire state police site.

Simmons was never charged with sexual assault, but later admitted it. And there were errors in his original sentence when he pleaded guilty, according to Connecticut officials.

Philip Fazzino, of the New London, Conn., state's attorneys office, said the state erroneously added probation to Simmons' murder sentence, so he was brought back to court in 2003 and re-sentenced on a new indictment of second-degree kidnapping in connection with Michelle's murder.

Simmons essentially ended up with a 35-year sentence and five years probation, but earned time off for good behavior because of laws in effect when he was sentenced, Fazzino said. Simmons served about 22 years in prison and completed probation.

Yesterday, people in Derry remained on edge.

Cheryl Lynch, director of the Derry Public Library, said security at the library is already tight. "We're vigilant every day," Lynch said. "We ask the patrons to be aware of their surroundings."

Union Leader Correspondent Adam Benson contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: child; deathpenalty; killer; predators; rape; released
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This is the result you get when there is no death penalty.
1 posted on 02/01/2008 5:53:15 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Do the crime....do the time. And then you’re a free man. It sucks in this case but them’s the rules.


2 posted on 02/01/2008 5:57:10 AM PST by ninonitti
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To: KeyLargo

Derry? Isn’t that the location of the town in the Steven King horror novel “It”?

If so, appropriate place for a predator!


3 posted on 02/01/2008 5:58:24 AM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW!)
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To: KeyLargo
..."Douglas Allen Simmons, 47, moved into 71 East Broadway, Apt. 3, Derry"

worth repeating.

4 posted on 02/01/2008 5:58:38 AM PST by robomatik (......uh since fred and duncan are out, i think i need a new tagline. =()
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To: KeyLargo

Amen.


5 posted on 02/01/2008 5:59:05 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Being an idealist excuses nothing. Hitler was an idealist.)
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To: KeyLargo

In a saner time, the perp would’ve danced the Tyburn Jig. Unfortunately, there is a better than 50-50 chance he’ll do it again.


6 posted on 02/01/2008 6:00:43 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: KeyLargo

Why single him out?

http://www.familywatchdog.us/

A quick search of Derry shows multiple sex offenders in the city.


7 posted on 02/01/2008 6:02:11 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: KeyLargo
This guy should never, ever have been let out. It is sickening and disgusting and a travesty that he was ever even considered for parole at all. He should have been either hung, electrocuted, or lethally injected...and is deserving of such a state sentence to this day for what he did to that beautiful little girl. He lures her into his outse, she touches his stereo and so he strangels her to death and then sexually molests the body. My God! No way should he have ever seen the light of day.

Being the father of five children, three of them girls, which my wife and I have raised to maturity, I believe if I had been the Dad of this little girl that I would have had some temporary insanity go on and this aniumal would have never been in any position to be freed. His next tribunal would have been before a non-earlthy bar.

8 posted on 02/01/2008 6:03:38 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: KeyLargo

I can’t imagine how anyone in their right mind could believe that children will ever be safe around this man. The parents of Derry must be horrified.


9 posted on 02/01/2008 6:04:09 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Vigilanteman

And when he does it again, there will be a lot of hand-wringing, and “oh what could have been done differently” musings. And then we’ll let another one out and repeat the process.


10 posted on 02/01/2008 6:08:32 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: KeyLargo

In theory this idiot should have been hanged. Problem is, at this point in time, a death penalty in America would simply amount to handing the Mike Nifongs and Ronnie Earles of the land licenses to kill people; those three lacrosse players could easily be dead. I’d have to have some very major changes in the entire system before I could support a death penalty in America. The job of DA would have to be abolished and the entire “adversarial” system of justice bagged in favor of some sort of an “inquisitorial” system such as you see in France in which the common incentive of all players is to figure out what happened and who if anybody is guilty of what. NOBODY should have any sort of a career or money incentive to simply put people in prison or hang them.


11 posted on 02/01/2008 6:09:29 AM PST by jeddavis
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To: JimRed
Derry? Isn’t that the location of the town in the Steven King horror novel “It”?

Yes that is where "It" takes place (and others I think). But all of King's novels take place in Maine. This is New Hampshire.

12 posted on 02/01/2008 6:10:36 AM PST by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: trisham
The parents of Derry must be horrified.

I bet not all of them. I know of a liberal mother of two, who, when she was sent a link to the database of sex offenders, got angry b/c she felt that it was an "invasion of privacy" against the offenders and she "wouldn't want to discriminate". Liberals are so PC'ed and dumbed down that they no longer have a self preservation bone in their bodies.
13 posted on 02/01/2008 6:10:55 AM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: socialismisinsidious
I bet not all of them. I know of a liberal mother of two, who, when she was sent a link to the database of sex offenders, got angry b/c she felt that it was an "invasion of privacy" against the offenders and she "wouldn't want to discriminate". Liberals are so PC'ed and dumbed down that they no longer have a self preservation bone in their bodies.

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You're right.

14 posted on 02/01/2008 6:13:04 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: KeyLargo
He served his time. He's doing fine. He's been out of prison over five years," Jacqueline Dean said. "He just wants to live his life."

What about the six-year-old child he strangled and abused? Can she 'live her life'?

15 posted on 02/01/2008 6:14:10 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: ninonitti

and when the gov’t lets felons vote, I’ll bet he registers and vote as Democrat


16 posted on 02/01/2008 6:16:56 AM PST by RexFamilia
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To: socialismisinsidious

That’s worse; that’s not even self-preservation, but protection of their kids. If their liberal idiocy spills over to abandoning the safety of their children, then they’re one sorry excuse for a human being.


17 posted on 02/01/2008 6:18:17 AM PST by kenth
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Hussein Obama opposes the death penalty and, in the Illinois Legislature, fought to kill it. Worth remembering.
18 posted on 02/01/2008 6:18:18 AM PST by Godwin1 (merican restaurant.)
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To: KeyLargo
WAIT A MINUTE! He murdered someone, got out on good behavior after 22 years and he's described only as a sex offender? This is not the typical situation where yet another sex offender scumbag who should never see the light of day is let out of prison.

No, this is a murderer! Calling him a sex offender makes him sound like Aqualung leering at Cross-Eyed Mary. He's not, he's a cold-blooded killer. He took a precious child and strangled her with a telephone cord. The poorly written article we have here sets the sexual assault as after the murder, yet it seems to be the dominant theme and concern. I don't understand.

19 posted on 02/01/2008 6:22:31 AM PST by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: socialismisinsidious
" Liberals are so PC'ed and dumbed down that they no longer have a self preservation bone in their bodies."

Not unlike the liberal mother of that girl, Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped.

That mother told her husband to hire this homeless grifter to help him paint the house or something. She felt sorry for him. The grifter does the work, sees the girl, comes back and kidnaps her.

Great job Mom! You got to feel better about yourself and what you were doing for society. Hope it was worth it for you.

20 posted on 02/01/2008 6:23:54 AM PST by libs_kma (Romney/Thompson 2008)
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To: kenth
I was incensed for her children when she first said this and then I realized that Liberals are people who support and applaud abortion, even partial birth! so the fact that she would put some perceived “right” of a pervert over her own child makes perfect sense and falls in line with her, with Liberal ideology/agendas. They are a pathetic group who believe the ends justifies the means.
21 posted on 02/01/2008 6:24:49 AM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: socialismisinsidious
Liberals are so PC'ed and dumbed down that they no longer have a self preservation bone in their bodies. It's not enough to say their passive. Liberals are active in their self destruction (and in the destruction of everything that is good and right about America.)
22 posted on 02/01/2008 6:25:17 AM PST by CDFingers (REALM: Republican Ethnic Americans Living in Massachusetts)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

ping


23 posted on 02/01/2008 6:26:11 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: KeyLargo

Douglas A. Simmons in custody in this 1981 photo, with unidentified officers, after being arrested in connection with the murder of 6-year-old Michelle Spencer in Connecticut. After serving 22 years in jail and five years of probation for the crime, Simmons moved to Derry during the weekend. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NEW LONDON (CONN.) DAY)

The victim: Michelle Spencer The 6-year-old lived in the same building as Douglas Allen Simmons in Norwich, Conn. On July 19, 1981, he strangled her with a telephone cord, sexually abused her and disposed of her body in a sewer drain, according to the Hartford Courant.

24 posted on 02/01/2008 6:26:53 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: jeddavis
In theory this idiot should have been hanged. Problem is, at this point in time, a death penalty in America would simply amount to handing the Mike Nifongs and Ronnie Earles of the land licenses to kill people; those three lacrosse players could easily be dead.

Bears repeating.

25 posted on 02/01/2008 6:27:26 AM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: JimRed

I was thinking the same thing. Derry, dead kids, storm drain.

Creepy.


26 posted on 02/01/2008 6:27:31 AM PST by Raebie
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To: AmericanMade1776

What’s even sicker than his crime is the crime against humanity committed by our legislators when they dictate that women under the age of 21 may not purchase or carry a handgun for self-defense.

Rape enablers deserve a lower circle of Hell than the rapists themselves.


27 posted on 02/01/2008 6:29:43 AM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: JimRed
"Derry? Isn’t that the location of the town in the Steven King horror novel “It”?"

Yes it is.

28 posted on 02/01/2008 6:30:44 AM PST by KoRn (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: robomatik

DOUGLAS P. SIMMONS Alias: DOUG SIMMONES Last Reported Address: 71 East Broadway #3, Derry 03038

Is this the guy?

29 posted on 02/01/2008 6:33:01 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

http://www.egov.nh.gov/nsor/display.asp?offenderID=3924


30 posted on 02/01/2008 6:34:20 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: ninonitti
Do the crime....do the time. And then you’re a free man. It sucks in this case but them’s the rules.

The rules should be that this animal ought to have been put to death. Why is it that he wasn't?
If I was the father of this young innocent victim, this guy would be dead.

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31 posted on 02/01/2008 6:35:12 AM PST by vox_freedom
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To: AmericanMade1776

bingo!


32 posted on 02/01/2008 6:37:48 AM PST by robomatik (......uh since fred and duncan are out, i think i need a new tagline. =()
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To: trisham
Liberals are so PC'ed and dumbed down that they no longer have a self preservation bone in their bodies.

And when the non-PC become the minority... they fear being labeled kooks and stay silent.

33 posted on 02/01/2008 6:38:26 AM PST by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: Jeff Head
**** Being the father of five children, three of them girls, which my wife and I have raised to maturity, I believe if I had been the Dad of this little girl that I would have had some temporary insanity go on and this aniumal would have never been in any position to be freed. His next tribunal would have been before a non-earlthy bar. ****

Ditto.
However since he is now 'free', if I was the father (or Grandfather) I 'think' I'd be in my car right now heading to 71 East Broadway, Derry, NH.

The same goes now for my Grandkids - hurt them and I will be your worse nightmare. Whatever or however long it takes, there will be a 'Reckoning'.

(no threat of violence intended, just a 'be forewarned notice' to perverts)

34 posted on 02/01/2008 6:47:06 AM PST by Condor51 (I wouldn't vote for McInsane, ever -- even if Waterboarded!)
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To: KeyLargo; Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit; pfony1; G.Mason; Hegemony Cricket; Recon Dad; Grizzled Bear; ...

So another child has to die before something is done about these guys?

Funny, I thought that NOT giving the child rapist the death penalty would give them more incentive to let the child live.

I guess someone forgot to tell this scum.


35 posted on 02/01/2008 6:47:55 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Dahoser
He murdered someone, ...

Oh, how far the Union Leader has fallen since the days of William Loeb.

In fact, it would be appropriate to describe him as a murdering pedo-necrophile, would it not?

36 posted on 02/01/2008 6:49:20 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Dahoser

I couldn’t agree more, and guess what? As far as I know there is not a convicted murderer list to warn the neighbors.


37 posted on 02/01/2008 6:49:24 AM PST by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: KeyLargo

So much for the theory that inmates kill/maim child rapists/murderers in prison.


38 posted on 02/01/2008 6:49:51 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: socialismisinsidious
I know of a liberal mother of two, who, when she was sent a link to the database of sex offenders, got angry b/c she felt that it was an "invasion of privacy" against the offenders and she "wouldn't want to discriminate".

I have a problem with sex offender databases, but it's got nothing to do with discrimination. Rather, I think the databases get diluted (for lack of a better word) with the addition of offenders who shouldn't be included in them. Offenders like the guy in this article should be listed because they are a genuine threat to society. But when these guys are lumped in with teenage boys who fooled around with their underage girlfriends, it's hard to tell from the database who's dangerous and who is not.

39 posted on 02/01/2008 6:53:14 AM PST by Huntress (“When you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk.”--Tuco)
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To: CDFingers
the destruction of everything that is good and right about America

IE, traditional western culture, values, and traditions.

Yes, they work ACTIVELY to destroy our culture, with the idea in mind that they will replace it with their dystopia when it's gone.

40 posted on 02/01/2008 6:55:31 AM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: KeyLargo

Sure would be a shame if something happened to him.


41 posted on 02/01/2008 6:58:14 AM PST by Anonymous Rex ( For Rent)
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To: metmom
You'll get no argument from me.

He should have been executed.


Anyone else find it strikingly insane that the enemy Democrat Party, in particular, and all leftists in general, fully support executing the unborn, while railing against the death penalty?


Yet their constant montra is "do it for the children".

42 posted on 02/01/2008 7:02:35 AM PST by G.Mason (And what is intelligence if not the craft of out-thinking our adversaries?)
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To: Hoodlum91; KeyLargo; All

Thanks very much for the link, Hoodlum91. Looking at it in my area I recognize a person that used to work where I work, AND 2 people (students at the time) I remember when I was substitute teaching back in the early-mid 90’s. (I have only looked at a couple of the multiple pages of offenders in my area. WOW!

Thanks for posting this article, Key Largo.

Be Aware BUMP!


43 posted on 02/01/2008 7:09:19 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Hoodlum91
Why single him out? He lives right across the street from a library and a park that is used all the time for city hosted events, kid concerts, Etc.. and 100 yards from a Montessori school and of course I live right around the corner as well with an 7 year old son who plays in our backyard with full view of the apartments that he lives in.
The town is hosting a Emergency meeting tommorow at 4 pm at the Municipal Center for all residents concerned about this matter. I will defnitely be there voicing my outrage of how this pile of human waste should still be in prison and that the law must be changed about how he was not charged for sexual assault because the girl was already dead.
44 posted on 02/01/2008 7:14:45 AM PST by SeabeeDet01 (OOORAH SEABEE!!)
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To: metmom

Our government education is based upon the survival of the fittest.... and their methodology has filtered right down to the dregs of all society.


45 posted on 02/01/2008 7:17:02 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: SeabeeDet01

Did you look at the others in town? You may have another that lives closer.


46 posted on 02/01/2008 7:17:38 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: Huntress

I agree that the ‘sex offender’ registry is too broad and almost silly with who gets put on it.....

Like you said, a 20 y/o with a 15 y/o gf will get lumped in, as well as a guy who pees in public, gets drug and passes out on a park bench with his pants down etc. They aren’t a threat.

The guys who seek out children to molest and often murder are the threats.


47 posted on 02/01/2008 7:20:20 AM PST by najida (I am so grateful that stupid isn't contagious.)
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To: Jeff Head

Mega Ditto! He murdered the most innocent of human beings — a six year old girl. He should have been hanged, drawn and quartered! If I were related to the victim, I would think seriously about complete justice for her.


48 posted on 02/01/2008 7:20:38 AM PST by thomasjefferson1215
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To: Hoodlum91

Yes I did!
Thanks for the link! HE is the closest one and the most violent one too.


49 posted on 02/01/2008 7:24:09 AM PST by SeabeeDet01 (OOORAH SEABEE!!)
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To: Huntress
I agree, it's diluted. It took me a bit of time wading through pages of guys who aren't a threat (the underage girl, teen boy thing) to find the one true child molester in my area. He lives next to a park where the township plays little league baseball. nice/s
50 posted on 02/01/2008 7:28:20 AM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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