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    During the last 10 years, as the number of executions has increased, the number of murders has simultaneously dropped. Political Commentator William Tucker, in the National Review Online, remarks that even more interesting is the fact that "the most dramatic decline in murders over the last decade has been precisely in those regions that have had the most executions .... "(Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas) have performed half the nation's executions ... (and) murder rates in these 4 states have fallen faster than anywhere else in the country."

    For every ONE execution in the state of Texas the murder rate (per capita)drops by over 250...

    (It is also probably the reason that "murder-for-hire" costs over 4 times as much in a DP state than a non-DP state.)


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    Ex-wife says Cameron Todd Willingham killed 3 kids in arson case

    "My ex-husband murdered my daughters, and just before he was executed, he told me he did it," Kuykendall said.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state...ngham-6640.ece


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    Kenneth McDuff is merely proof that supporters of the death penalty are acting out of fear rather then from reason. McDuff's release was an anomaly and should not have happened, but killing convicts isn't the only way to keep them from running loose to murder innocent people.
    I think most people who are not antis want to see justice served. If a jury convicts a murderer and the jury sets the punishment, most people want that punishment carried out. It takes a very long time to have a death sentence carried out with all the appeals involved. On some the sentence is never carried out.

    Justice delayed is justice denied.


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    Shameful story to tell about this horrific crime. About two yrs after Mr Byrd was murdered by this monster my boyfriend at the time asked me to join him in east Texas to visit his father, it may have been Lufkin. Upon arriving at his fathers work he expressed how excited he was to show us around and all the site seeing he wanted us to do. I sat in the back seat of this teal green Grand Prix maybe I dunno not really paying attention to much but before I knew it we were in Jasper. When I mentioned omg this is where James Byrd was dragged to death the father of the bf got excited as it was his intention to show us where this happened. My bf and I looked at each other with shock on our face. I sunk down in the back seat of that car so sick to my stomach. I never did bond w that father.
    MAY BREWER BURN BABY BURN!!


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    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nati...ml?track=icymi

    A former Texas inmate who cooked the so-called last meals for hundreds of death row inmates has offered to donate his services rather than allow condemned prisoners to do without their last meal of choice.

    ~snip~

    Price made 220 final meals, beginning in 1991, while doing time for a pair of convictions related to the abduction of his brother-in-law and a sexual assault on his ex-wife. After his release in 2003, Price wrote a cookbook about his days at the Huntsville Unit called "Meals to Die For." He now runs a restaurant at Houston County Lake in East Texas. He could not be reached by phone late Monday.
    Just striving to be average.


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    More info on the former inmate/cook:

    http://www.mealstodiefor.com/
    Just striving to be average.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairy1 View Post
    I can't imagine anything would make a condemned person's last day a happy one but this guy's "last meal" was way over the top, much as the murder for which he was convicted. When I read what he ordered, I saw it as more of a slap-in-the-face demand rather than a legitimate request. I don't suppose the arrogance of it has had quite the impact he imagined.

    I'm sorry, but I was ashamed to be an American when these white supremacist punks took it upon themselves to brutally murder an innocent man based on nothing more than the color of his skin.

    I can only hope his execution will have the intended impact on those who aspire to the evil that led to it.
    BBM.

    I am certain it has had exactly the impact he wanted it to have. Approx. 40% of Death row inmates in Texas are black, and we all know how this "man", (and I use the term loosely), felt about black people. I'm sure he's delighted, wherever he is, that he managed one last act of nastiness against them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenni979 View Post
    and rightly so... He murdered his children. Let me guess, you are going to say something about the fact that the arson report has been argued, right?

    By his own admission Willingham was woken by his oldest girl, he left her to die in his bedroom, didn't even attempt to search out his baby twins and bolted out of the house. He sat on the lawn doing nothing until a neighbor called him out & ONLY then did he tell her to call 911. He didn't attempt to enter the house again to search for his children, but he did make the effort to move his car so that it wouldn't be damaged by the heat from the flames.

    The next night be was drinking and partying & told everyone who would listen that his $$$ worries were over because now everyone would be sending them $$$. He was more upset about the fact that he had lost sit dart set in the fire than the fact that his 3 babies were dead.

    Oh yeah, and he admitted to his wife that he did it (and also a fellow inmate...) When she refused to write a letter on his bealf to the courts he told her that he was glad he killed her babies.

    ...and then at his execution he flipped her off and called her all sorts of lovely names.

    There is ZERO proof that anyone executed has ever been innocent. Willinghan is just the anti's posterboy because one report is in dispute.
    This sounds like pro-d.p. propaganda to me. The pro-d.p. crowd (I don't mean Jenni personally) will make up anything to avoid admitting the obvious, that we sometimes execute innocent people.

    As I understand it, everything about Willingham's story was eventually verified by arson experts. The one lie Willingham eventually admitted was that he couldn't bring himself to go into the younger children's rooms which were already ablaze. And as one investigator put it, people should withhold judgment as to what they would do in the face of a major fire; the instinct to flee tends to be overpowering.


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    No worries, I AM big-time pro-dp...

    The forensic investigatory tools don't point to innocence or that the fire was set accidentally, the new reports only point to inconclusive evidence on one small part of the case. The 5th Circut Court of Appeals said that even if you believe the Hurst report there was enough evidence even without the forensic evidence to convict Willingham.

    Willingham changed his story 27+ times & even his own attorney has come out and said that Willingham is/was guilty of the murders (“The real fact of the matter is that Willingham was guilty. He wasn’t innocent. He really set that fire and killed those kids.” -Martin).


    Besides, Willingham was given the DP for multiple child murder, not arson/murder.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cappuccino View Post
    BBM.

    I am certain it has had exactly the impact he wanted it to have. Approx. 40% of Death row inmates in Texas are black, and we all know how this "man", (and I use the term loosely), felt about black people. I'm sure he's delighted, wherever he is, that he managed one last act of nastiness against them.
    You're absolutely right and I thought about that after I posted. Though I truly doubt he was clever enough to devise such a far-reaching consequence, it's definitely possible.


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