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    FL - Danny Rolling, Gainesville Ripper, 8 known victims LA/FL 1989-90

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, JEB BUSH, as Governor of the State of Florida and pursuant to the authority and responsibility vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of Florida, do hereby issue this warrant directing the Warden of the Florida State Prison to cause the sentence of death to be executed upon DANNY HAROLD ROLLING, in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the State of Florida.

    http://www.wcjb.com/news.asp?id=14201

    DEATH WARRANT




    WHEREAS, DANNY HAROLD ROLLING, did on the 24th day of August, 1990, murder Sonya Larson; and



    WHEREAS, DANNY HAROLD ROLLING, did on the 24th day of August, 1990, murder Christina Powell; and



    WHEREAS, DANNY HAROLD ROLLING, did on the 25th day of August, 1990, murder Christa Hoyt; and



    WHEREAS, DANNY HAROLD ROLLING, did on the 27th day of August, 1990, murder Manny Taboada; and



    WHEREAS, DANNY HAROLD ROLLING, did on the 27th day of August, 1990, murder Tracy Paules; and



    WHEREAS, DANNY HAROLD ROLLING, did on the 15th day of February, 1994, enter a plea of guilty to five counts of First Degree Murder; and



    WHEREAS, DANNY HAROLD ROLLING, on the 20th day of April, 1994, was sentenced to death for the murder of victim Sonya Larson; and

    WHEREAS, DANNY HAROLD ROLLING, on the 20th day of April, 1994, was sentenced to death for the murder of victim Christina Powell; and

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    It has been 16 years since these grisly murders. Those young people would probably gotten married and had children of their own...if they were able. Rolling took their lives...it is time for him.

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    Rolling Execution Date Set
    9/22/2006

    Serial killer Danny Rolling will be executed October 25th at 6 PM by lethal injection. Rolling was responsible for the murder of five Gainesville-area college students in 1990. On February 15th, 1994, Rolling admitted his guilt:





    "Your honor, I've been running from first one thing then another all my life, whether it be from home or the law, but this being one of those things you just can't run from."

    Governor Jeb Bush signed the death warrant Friday afternoon. The governor's office had been waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the execution of Clarence Hill before signing any more warrants. The high court refused to delay that execution. Hill died by lethal injection on Wednesday

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    Its about time this guy gets the big sleep.

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    I used to think the death penalty was wrong and it sure doesn't bring back the dead, but I'm to the point now where there's just too much evil and too many of then get out. Plus it helps control prison over crowding!

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    Is this the guy that broke into one of his victims house, cut off her head and placed it on a book shelf to shock whoever discovered it?

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    Yes, that would be this guy.

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    Why wait a month. Flip the switch this afternoon, heck, I will fly to FL and do it myself.
    "It seems that this is larger than I am. More than I can handle. Yet I know that I am being carried, for I am not strong enough to carry myself. I do not have the answers now but one day I will know and understand and maybe one day I will help to carry another." Joanne Cacciatore~

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    Cool Finally!

    My taxes have paid for this monster far too long - however - I do enjoy the fact that Jeb's name is the one on the dotted line! I have a very good feeling that had we not had all of those pesky little matters concerning our Death Penalty and how it is applied......Gov Bush would have signed far more than this particular one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by detecto
    Is this the guy that broke into one of his victims house, cut off her head and placed it on a book shelf to shock whoever discovered it?
    Excuse me??? Oh my gosh. Yeah, that would provide shock value alright, and a lifetime supply of nightmares, prescriptions for nerve pills and trips to the psychiatrists office. Did he give a reason for this behavior, not there could ever be a good one.


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    I think there's a book on the "Gainesville killings". I remember when that was going on. I was scared to death.

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    s_finch----a reason for his behavior? I read the true crime book on this animal---Danny Rollings was hated the day he was born by his father---his father never wanted anything to do with him,and beat him countless times--perhaps enough beatings to cause pre-fontal lobe brain damage?--pre-fontal brain governs empathy and imulsiveness---the family was from Mississippi, I think--the father was a cop--Rollings was not only beaten himself but witnessed his mother being beaten also---Finally,Rollings could not stand it anymore and shot his father in the face,his father survived with scars and permanent deafness in one ear--Rollings fled to Florida,lived like an animal in the central florida woods for a long time---his reasons for breaking into the dorm rooms and viciouslykilling the students are unclear--some have speculated that the 30 yr old Rollings saw the lives of these students,with their promising futures,as something he never had chance to do himself,and the lower-middle class Rollings developed a seething poisonous envy towards the students--at any rate,speculation must end and justice carried out for the poor families--this human monster's time on earth is up,time to send him to hell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Hamilton
    s_finch----a reason for his behavior? I read the true crime book on this animal---Danny Rollings was hated the day he was born by his father---his father never wanted anything to do with him,and beat him countless times--perhaps enough beatings to cause pre-fontal lobe brain damage?--pre-fontal brain governs empathy and imulsiveness---the family was from Mississippi, I think--the father was a cop--Rollings was not only beaten himself but witnessed his mother being beaten also---Finally,Rollings could not stand it anymore and shot his father in the face,his father survived with scars and permanent deafness in one ear--Rollings fled to Florida,lived like an animal in the central florida woods for a long time---his reasons for breaking into the dorm rooms and viciouslykilling the students are unclear--some have speculated that the 30 yr old Rollings saw the lives of these students,with their promising futures,as something he never had chance to do himself,and the lower-middle class Rollings developed a seething poisonous envy towards the students--at any rate,speculation must end and justice carried out for the poor families--this human monster's time on earth is up,time to send him to hell
    I believe he did damage in Louisiana too. My memory is hazy on that though but he may have been from Louisiana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Hamilton
    s_finch----a reason for his behavior? I read the true crime book on this animal---Danny Rollings was hated the day he was born by his father---his father never wanted anything to do with him,and beat him countless times--perhaps enough beatings to cause pre-fontal lobe brain damage?--pre-fontal brain governs empathy and imulsiveness---the family was from Mississippi, I think--the father was a cop--Rollings was not only beaten himself but witnessed his mother being beaten also---Finally,Rollings could not stand it anymore and shot his father in the face,his father survived with scars and permanent deafness in one ear--Rollings fled to Florida,lived like an animal in the central florida woods for a long time---his reasons for breaking into the dorm rooms and viciouslykilling the students are unclear--some have speculated that the 30 yr old Rollings saw the lives of these students,with their promising futures,as something he never had chance to do himself,and the lower-middle class Rollings developed a seething poisonous envy towards the students--at any rate,speculation must end and justice carried out for the poor families--this human monster's time on earth is up,time to send him to hell
    THanks for the information. I guess I didn't phrase my post correctly. I never believe that there is an acceptable "reason" why these people do what they do, I guess I wondering what Rollings take on it was/and or his personal history, which you have now provided. Thank you.

    Not that it matters, but Abnormal Psychology has always fascinated me and in reading forensic psychology books I'm struck by the very abnormal ways in which their brains do function. I've read a book before (forget the name) about CT scans done on violent offenders and that often their frontal lobes show signs of trauma. Not surprising that this would also be the case with Rollings.

    I do believe in the death penalty for these people, but at the same time I continue to be intrigued with how the wiring and chemistry in the brain can become so warped that it turns men into a Rollings, a Bundy, a Peewee Gaskins, etc... It's a 3 pound part of the human body, but yet look at the horror and tragedy that comes from the actions of an criminal brain.

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    I have heard also that the frontal lobe of the brain is much smaller in violent criminals.

    The environmental influences are very real, and I suppose beating the head could disturb this part of the brain, but it has to boil down to 'do you want this person living among the regular population' even though his story is a sad one.

    It is awful to see this, a child of parental abuse, but what helps me is knowing that Danny could have had the perpensity towards violence before he was abused.

    Scandi

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