Skip to comments.Ind. woman sentenced to die at 16 to be released [stabbed victim 33 times with butcher knife]
Posted on 06/17/2013 11:54:05 AM PDT by grundle
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) An Indiana woman put on death row at age 16 for killing an elderly Bible school teacher is scheduled to be released Monday after serving a prison term that was shortened after the state Supreme Court intervened.
Paula Cooper's death sentence at such a young age sparked international protests and a plea for clemency from Pope John Paul II. Now 43 years old, Cooper is being given a second chance at her life.
Cooper was 15 when she and three other teenage girls showed up at Ruth Pelke's house on May 14, 1985, with plans of robbing the 78-year-old Bible school teacher. Pelke let Cooper and two of the teen's companions into her Gary home after they told her they were interested in Bible lessons.
As the fourth teen waited outside as a lookout, Cooper stabbed Pelke 33 times with a butcher knife. Then she and the other girls ransacked the house. The four girls fled with Pelke's car and $10.
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The perp was one of Holder’s people.
If there is any justice in the universe, the next time she kills the victim will be a liberal judge.
“There comes a time in the history of every people when they become so pathologically soft and tender that they actually side with those elements of their society that harms them; i.e. criminals”-A Great Historian 1888
“...wait and see and give her a chance,” Labroi said. “Give her an opportunity.”
I wonder if the victim pled for an opportunity or a ‘chance’ while being stabbed to death?
Maybe she gets run over by a gas truck and drinks her own blood.
And the victim?
Which great historian?
She will be arrested for something within a few months.
The Bible School teacher is still dead and the family still suffering the loss? No matter, I suppose.
Lookrf it up. Appears to be Nietzsche, who AFAIK wasn't a historian at all, much less a Great One. Though he was arguably a great philosopher.
Hopefully she will resist arrest.
She would have been released (pardoned) anyway by the sockpuppet’s handlers before he left our White House anyway, so what’s the diff’.
The POTUS can only pardon federal offenses, not state ones.
‘Appears to be Nietzsche, who AFAIK wasn’t a historian at all’
actually,he was a historian. His doctorate was in historiography.
“... and the family still suffering the loss?”
While I’m sure the family is still suffering the loss, they actually forgave the defendant long ago and asked that she not receive the death penalty. At the time, Indiana law did not have a provision for life without parole. The maximum sentence for Murder was 60 years, with credit and good time credit the sentence was cut in half.
I was a young deputy prosecutor when the crime was committed and can still recall the case as it went through the courts.
I have little expectation that Paula Cooper will ever be a productive citizen, and if making book at a casino, would bet that she commits a new crime before the year is out. Regardless, she served the sentence required by the law at the time.
i remember when this happened... how disgusting that she is being given another chance...
“I have little expectation that Paula Cooper will ever be a productive citizen”
That’s right. She’ll get all kinds of welfare and free stuff from the government. Hell, here in NY they give full Section 8 housing, food stamps, Medicaid, etc. to sex offenders when they are released from prison.
Philology, I spoke to soon. Still was a historian.
Tell that to the Americans citizens who've have the Constituteion shoved up their a$$e$. These White House clowns will do whatever they feel like and no one, not even cry-baby Boehner will stop them.
Give them a break from the approved topics; slavery and the Holocaust.
Almost as bad in Virginia. My local violent sex offender (nontrivial offense) got himself onto disability. He is definitely not disabled.
One glance and you can tell that old lady was a sweetheart.
“Almost as bad in Virginia. My local violent sex offender (nontrivial offense) got himself onto disability. He is definitely not disabled.”
Exactly. In the old days, garbage like this used to just “disappear”.
Oh, well, the old woman would have died soon anyway of natural causes. What difference does it make? /bitter sarcasm
I remember this case. I believe the victim was praying to God while she was being stabbed to death.
The murderer came in asking to use the phone or get a glass of water and the victim was kind enough to let her in.
The wrong person involved died.
Probably a few days. The hard criminals get arrested again in as little as a few hours after being released.
“may yet contribute to society”... “Maybe she’ll do some wonderful things”. Even though she has a terrible record, even in prison.
Another crime spree has just been given the green light.
She ain’t gonna contribute to society. She will have trouble fitting in. Think of how the world has changed since she was incarcerated.
When she went in, no iPods, no rap music, no EBT cards. She’s got a lot of catching up to do.
I agree completely.
“Even though she has a terrible record, even in prison.
Another crime spree has just been given the green light.”
It would be great if we could hold judges and parole boards criminally liable for any of her future misdeeds.
Anyone that can consciously stab someone 33 times needs to be either taken off the count or locked up forever.
I’ve seen statements that his doctorate was in classical studies.
Probably first degree murder.
I always find it interesting when family members forgive people who murdered someone else. How can you forgive someone who didn’t murder you? Also, does the person have to apologize to be forgiven?
It just seems so inconceivable that anyone of any age would even consider brutally murdering a kind, godly, elderly woman just for a few measly dollars.
Another civics-challenged Freeper? The presidential pardon only applies to federal crimes. The state governors have pardon powers over state
“Months!? I’ll give her a few weeks.”
Naaa, she’ll spend weeks or months on the talk show circuit, then a few more working on book deals. When the money from all that runs out, we will find out if she has been rehabilitated.
"Sympathy for the guilty is treason to the innocent" -Ayn Rand
THIS KIND OF CRAP TENDS TO UNSETTLE DECENT PEOPLES' STOMACHES...
Sorry, but with this out-of-control, anti-Constitutional White House with a derelict racist in our White House and in the DOJ, they'll do whatever they damned well please. I am not the slightest civics-challenged . . . our federal government is. Don't hold your breath.
Yep. She’s like every lady in my Bible studies class. Sweet, silver haired angels all. God is just. His justice will not sleep forever.
Killing a Christian is points in her favor for the libs.....it’s why they loves them some muzzies so much.
Applying for Welfare in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. . .
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