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on: October 01, 2012, 10:28:37 PM 1 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / A few observations as a correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison.

When I started to work in San Quentin in 1982, I was very naïve, I knew there were bad people in prisons, but didn’t realize HOW BAD the majority of the inmates were. At the time there were only two maximum prison in California, San Quentin and Folsom. 

At that time there were over three thousand inmates at SQ, the majority were in for murder, and then there were about 170 on death row. These death row inmates were the worst of the worst, realizing this after reading their chromos. After doing routine cell searches on the row, I noticed religious materials in some of the cells.  I thought that these DR inmates aren’t using the “Found Religion”  theme to get parole I thought how can they be “religious” after the heinous crimes they committed to get to DR?

After much thought, I believe that the DR inmates that became religious must feel that the only forgiveness  for the monstrous crimes they committed is God. Maybe they had a fear of going to hell?

After being a tier officer in the protective custody section which was Badger Section at the time. I got to talk and see how different they were from most of society. Most were un- remorseful, no empathy for other people and little if no conscience. One without a conscience is a very dangerous person.

There were a few exceptions. One was a former Assistant District Attorney who was in for manslaughter. He was told that his wife was having an affair and what time her lover came to the house after he left for work. Sure enough, he came home “early” and found them together. As the lover was going out the bedroom window, he was shot and killed by this inmate. The court found there was some premeditation since he was tipped off about the time the lovers were together. He was allowed at the time as Asst. DA to carry a gun.

Now this particular inmate was very different than the most. He was remorseful, and not a “typical criminal”, and when released, I’m sure he would never murder again. Others made a one time serious mistake in their lives  and have a good possibility of getting out and never returning to prison. But I feel the great majority of the inmates there at the time could NEVER be rehabilitated . They were what is known as habitual criminals.

I hear people say there is too many people in prison. I say there isn't enough, there is too many criminals out on the streets doing harm.

What do you think?

on: October 01, 2012, 01:00:43 PM 2 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Youths serving life without parole get second chance in California Courts

 Youths serving life without parole get second chance in California
Courts can review their cases after 15 years and lower their sentence to 25 years to life

NBC News and news services
updated 9/30/2012 6:13:36 PM ET


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Sunday a measure that grants juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison without parole the chance to petition for their release after serving 25 years.

Roughly 300 inmates in California's prison system have been sentenced to a lifetime behind bars for offenses committed as teenagers, according to the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco.

Those inmates will now be eligible for parole after serving at least 25 years in prison.

The courts can review their cases after 15 years in prison and lower their sentence to 25 years to life if the juvenile offenders demonstrate remorse and work towards rehabilitation.

"The governor's signature ... is emotional for both the supporters and the opposition, but I am proud that today California said we believe all kids, even those we had given up on in the past, are deserving of a second chance," Yee said in a statement.
Juvenile murderer ruling reopens 'traumatic wounds'

The California District Attorney's Association opposed the bill, saying it applies almost exclusively to 16- or 17-year-olds convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances, and that life without the possibility of parole is an appropriate sentence for them.

Other opponents say the bill is unfair to victims' families. Allowing the possibility of parole would force the survivors to relive their experience as they fight against parole.

"Before, we had life without possibility of parole -- without," said Maggie Elvey of Sacramento, who helped organize opposition to the bill. "It's so sad that they're taking the justice away."

She said survivors like herself were told that their loved one's murderers would never be released from prison.

"It's not fair to go retroactive back to all those killers," she said.

The law will take effect on Jan. 1.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles as unconstitutional "cruel and unusual" punishment. But the ruling didn't affect California's law because it already gives judges the discretion to impose a sentence of 25 years-to-life.

on: September 27, 2012, 05:23:05 PM 3 General Crime / Crime Debate and Discussion / I scored a Victory today!

 :( I posted my comments today, on an ANTI- DEATH PENALTY article in the Orange County Register »

"Death penalty: Victims often want an eye for an eye 3 hrs ago
ANAHEIM HILLS - Don't tell Steve Herr a death sentence takes too long to carry out, costs too much or does not offer some closure.His son, Samuel Herr, 26, an Afghanistan war veteran, was shot, his body … More »"

This is the article they pulled!  :P It was there. I was the first to comment. And this is my comment:

There is a simple truth for family's of victims: NOTHING, can repair the damage done to their lives. For those most heinous and violent offenders? Another simple truth: NOTHING can be done for them, either. These monsters chose to leave behind their HUMANITY ! No matter what sentence is given, the family's of VICTIMS will never feel anything but EMPTY ! To say eye for an eye? Our MURDERER, William Gary Simpson, is facing the Death Penalty for his attack upon our family. Even if it is given to him, he will be given a simple drug... Yet, he brutally murdered our 18 year-old daughter here in our home. And in his mass-murderous rampage, went on to try to kill us, as he had come to do... And all this, in front of my 13 year old child! No, it is not an eye for an eye. It simply keeps the rest of YOU SAFE - from someone who chose to become INHUMAN!

Always, the same one-sided rhetoric about the suffering of MURDERER'S... With no mention, to their VICTIMS! VICTIMS have been tortured (mentally, physically and emotionally) and for victims such as ME? I speak for ALL victims when I say we will remain TORTURED until DEATH!
I am Catherine Burke - MOTHER OF A MURDERED CHILD, VICTIM OF A HEINOUS AND VIOLENT CRIME... And as long as there are articles printed like this, I will continue to post my story, to SCREAM OUT LOUD right back at them!

I would have never thought, I would find myself to be the mother of a murdered child, the victim of a heinous, violent crime. We were good, moral parents, who raised our children in a very loving home. Our murderer, coveted the love we had… Our murderer, was a friend of our son's - a friend to our family, for over 10 years... Ten years of birthday parties, Christmas vacations, summer sleepovers and pool parties. Ten years of classes with our son, fieldtrips, lunches and recess... Ten years, of paintball games and 4th of July fireworks, of hanging out and playing Rock Band in our living room... Our murderer was raised by his mother in a privileged home, attended the same good schools as our children, and he received good grades. I could have never thought he would plan for almost 1 year, to come into our home 4 days before Christmas (after hiding in a foreclosed home waiting for all our children to come home), to murder us all! He slashed and stabbed my daughter to death, when she went downstairs for a bottle of water at 4am... Our entire house awoke to her screams! My husband and another child were stabbed… I fought with him to take the murder weapon… My 13 year old daughter stood on the steps, hearing and watching all of this!

I will forever, be tortured by the sound of her screams, by her murder! Our life – WHO WE WERE? It was all taken from us on that morning! This man had been a friend of our son, a friend to our family, for over 10 years! And his reason, to kill? Was simply because we were such good, kind and loving people! He coveted what he saw in us, and decided that if he could not have this from his own family, no one should! He came to kill us all, and even though he only murdered Saskia, he did - murder ALL of us! We are all tortured souls now, a torture that truly is too "INHUMANE" to be forced to live with. I hope people can open their eyes, to see what it is to be a VICTIM, and extend to VICTIMS the same understanding, compassion, and HUMANITY offered to MURDERERS!

Please let me introduce you to Saskia Savana Burke! 11-6-93 to 12-20-11
" I value my happiness. I value how happy and content I am with my life. I value the memories that have made my life as happy as it is. I value my friends and family who make me happy and share my happiness with me. I value all the things that make me happy, like fun and relationships, but what I value most is the fact that I am happy because there are so many people who are not that lucky. I value my happiness the most because the friends and items that you have may change, and circumstances may change, but the fact that

Saskia was academically brilliant, scoring the perfect 600 on the state testing twice, yet humbled by how easy this was for her, and how difficult school was for others! Saskia went out into the world, with love and a special insight for all things and changed the world in the most positive ways! Saskia was open and caring and giving to everyone, always! She was truly the most angelic creature any of us will ever encounter here in this life. How many people can you say are truly genuine? Saskia was. And she infected each one of us with her passion for life, her kind and loving nature, her ‘real’ and ‘true’ happiness, the simple sound of her oh-so-contagious laughter!

We made it through the prelim Friday, September 14, 2012...
As they put up all the bloody pictures, of the crime scene that is my home... As they put up the pictures of my daughters bloody, mutilated body and explained which stab wounds were the fatal ones...

"Murrieta police Detective Jeffrey Ullrich, who attended the autopsy of Saskia Burke, said the woman suffered seven stab wounds. Two of the wounds, one to the right side of her face that severed her jugular vein and another to the center of her chest, were not survivable, Ullrich said"

The force of the knife going into her right cheek severed her artery, her tongue, cut through the muscle and tendons in her jaw, broke out her teeth, and went out through her left cheek... After PULLING THE KNIFE OUT, he then stabbed her in the chest - severing both her lungs and the ventricle to her heart... She lived long enough for us to helplessly watch her die!

The DA Mr. Smith said:
"He went into the home to kill those people," Smith said. "Paul Burke and Connor McCormack are not dead because they had the strength to fight back."
Saskia Burke did not have a chance, Smith said.
"(Simpson) slaughters her," Smith said. "He stabbed her in the face, in the heart, in the back."

I live in a horror, too absolute to breathe...

His intent, to slaughter my entire family - and the heinous way in which he slaughtered my daughter, well - during a break in court, even his defense lawyers approached us and apologized for what happened... Apologized for it being their job to defend him...

“The Riverside County district attorney decided in April to seek the death penalty for William Gary Simpson, who also is charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with the stabbings of Burke's father, Paul, and her boyfriend, Connor McCormack, then 17. Simpson also faces several special allegations including lying in wait and committing his crimes during a burglary.
The charges against William Gary Simpson Jr., 19, the alleged killer of Saskia Burke, were upheld by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Kelly Hansen following a day-long preliminary hearing.
Simpson is charged with first-degree murder and a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a burglary in the Dec. 20, 2011 fatal attack at the Burke home, in Murrieta.
He is also charged with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait, as well as two counts of attempted murder and multiple great bodily injury and weapons allegations.”

I stand with ALL VICTIMS in support of the Death Penalty. I stand beside you, as the Parent of a MURDERED CHILD - AND - the Victim of a VIOLENT CRIME. I am sorry, that it is our eyes that have been opened to the fact that monsters do exist! And from this mothers heart, I am so truly sorry our children have been taken in such heinous ways! Together we will find the strength, take a stand - and say NO to proposition 34!

And then I proceeded to post this same type of comment on 11 other articles...  With a little help from Karen Weinholdt Bearman!  I am honing my word skills, and using them as weapons!  ;)

on: September 20, 2012, 10:41:43 PM 4 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / New to the Forum

Hello Everyone,

I was just admitted to this forum and so glad I can express my opinion with the same like minded people.
I live in San Jose, CA and have written several letters to the editor of the San Jose Mercury News which all were not published.
Yesterday I saw their list of what they support that included the measure that will be on California’s  November ballot.  I wasn’t surprised to see that they the support the bill to eliminate the Death Penalty.

My letter to the editor was:

One important point is what the opponents of the death penalty DON’T SAY, the extreme cost of the appeal process that goes on for decades.  Compare California’s cost per inmate to Texas’s.  This malfeasance of justice needs to be fixed. This State saves millions of dollars per year with plea bargains  on capital cases that will not go to trial because of the death penalty threat. An effective tool to receive confessions of the guilty. Never before in history with the science of DNA that it is more certain that an innocent person does not receive the death penalty and the guilty do. Don't throw out the car because it needs a tune up. Yes, there needs to be an appeal process, but end the costly, unreasonable, never ending appeal process that serves as a miscarriage of justice.
Back in the 80’s I was a correctional officer at San Quentin where all of the death sentences are performed in California. I had the opportunity to actually work on the row for a few weeks.

I’ll contribute some of my observations in my following post.
Thanks for having me.

on: September 05, 2012, 04:43:38 AM 5 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / How long it REALLY takes to get a last minute stay

From the NY Times - dated September 3rd 2012

To Beat the Execution Clock, the Justices Prepare EarlyBy ADAM LIPTAK
Published: September 3, 2012

WASHINGTON — John Balentine was an hour away from being put to death in Texas last month when the Supreme Court granted him a stay of execution.

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.The unseemly and unsettling spectacle of a last-minute legal scramble in the shadow of the ultimate deadline, with the condemned inmate waiting for word of his fate just outside the death chamber, may suggest that the Supreme Court does not render considered justice when it is asked to halt an execution.

But it tries. Indeed, the court goes to extraordinary lengths to get ready, and its point person is a staff lawyer named Danny Bickell.

“Cases where there is an execution date,” he said with a sigh, “that’s where I come in.”

Mr. Bickell’s formal title is emergency applications clerk, but capital defense lawyers have an informal title for him, too. They call him the death clerk.

In remarks at a conference of lawyers specializing in federal death penalty work at a hotel here last month, Mr. Bickell provided a rare inside look at the Supreme Court’s oversight of the machinery of death in the United States.

It starts with a weekly update.

“Every Monday morning,” Mr. Bickell said, “I put out a list to the court of all the executions that are scheduled in the country in the next six or seven weeks, and that gets distributed to all of the justices.”

The Supreme Court clerk’s office is famously helpful to lawyers who have questions about the court’s rules and procedures, but in capital cases it goes further.

“As the date approaches,” Mr. Bickell said, referring to impending executions, “I will be in touch with the attorney general’s office. I will be in touch with you, if you are representing the inmate, and with the lower courts, trying to figure out what is pending below and what is likely to make its way up to the Supreme Court.

“Once we make contact about 10 days or two weeks before the scheduled execution, I will start asking you to forward me everything that you file in the lower courts. Once you forward it to me, I forward it on to the law clerks and to the justices so that they can begin reviewing the case.”

By the time Mr. Balentine’s stay application reached the court, then, the justices were up to speed on the issues presented in his case, which concerned how claims of incompetent legal work at a capital trial should be presented.

Under the Supreme Court’s rules, Mr. Balentine’s plea that his execution be stayed was addressed to Justice Antonin Scalia, who oversees the Fifth Circuit, which covers Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

But individual justices almost never rule by themselves on requests to halt executions. “I would say 99.9 percent of the time the circuit justice is going to refer the application to the full court, and all nine justices are going to act on the application,” Mr. Bickell said.

He added that the court always makes sure it can rule on such applications in time for its decision to matter, even in states not inclined to wait for word from the justices.

“The court won’t always act on it by 7 o’clock,” he said. That hour, 7 p.m., is important because it is when Texas executes people, Eastern time. The state has executed seven inmates this year.

“If we’re getting to the point where we’re short on time — it’s 6:30 or 6:15 for a scheduled 7 o’clock execution — I will call my contact” at the state attorney general’s office to see “whether they’re going to go forward with the execution while the case is pending or if they’re going to hold off and wait,” Mr. Bickell said.

If the state will not wait, the court will give itself time to think and to vote. That responsibility again falls to the justice in charge of the judicial circuit.

“If we’re told they’re going to go forward with it and they’re not going to wait,” Mr. Bickell said, “the practice of the court recently — this has happened with Justice Thomas a few times last term — is the justice will issue a temporary interim stay.” Justice Clarence Thomas oversees the 11th Circuit, which covers Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

Applications involving more mundane matters are also submitted to individual justices. The most common are requests for extra time to file briefs and other papers. Mr. Bickell said the justices take very different approaches to granting them.

Justice Elena Kagan extended the deadline every time she was asked last term, Mr. Bickell said, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Sonia Sotomayor did so more than 90 percent of the time. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy granted extensions about three-quarters of the time.

Mr. Bickell did not say how Justice Stephen G. Breyer is on this score, but he said Justice Scalia is strict.

“Anyone want to take a guess?” Mr. Bickell asked. “Four percent,” he said, and there were groans from the assembled lawyers.

“Doesn’t happen very often, so keep that in mind,” Mr. Bickell said. “These are capital cases included.”

on: August 24, 2012, 05:46:46 PM 6 Forum Rules and Information / Site Support / SORRY!!!!


For this one time only you may throw rotten eggs at me, call me goofy names, super glue my ass to my computer chair.....     go ahead...  I deserve it...    :'(

Please resume your regular posting now.................................   :(

on: August 12, 2012, 02:03:48 PM 7 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / The site is not closing... geeez

I think rumors are floating around that this site is shutting down, it is not. I am just an absent owner and will continue to be for the coming months.

I moved to florida, my granddaughter was born, I had to baker act my son, I am heading up to new york in 2 weeks for work, just a tremendous load of stressful issues going on at the moment preventing me from being here. I am so sorry but my priorities are that my family is first....   

now stop with the rumors.    ;D

on: June 25, 2012, 07:25:13 AM 8 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Again: "Life Without Parole" Isn't!

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says it's unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder.

The high court on Monday threw out Americans' ability to send children to prison for the rest of their lives with no chance of ever getting out. The 5-4 decision is in line with others the court has made, including ruling out the death penalty for juveniles and life without parole for young people whose crimes did not involve killing.

The decision came in the robbery and murder cases of Evan Miller and Kuntrell Jackson, who were 14 when they were convicted.

Miller was convicted of killing a man in Alabama. Jackson was convicted of being an accomplice in an Arkansas robbery that ended in murder.

Life Without Parole will only exist until someone is successful in suing to overturn it.  If it can be done for juveniles, it's only a matter of time before a court rules the 8th amendment prevents keeping adults in prison without the possibility of parole.

The death penalty is not a deterrent; it never will be.  It does, however, absolutely (and irreversibly) protect society against a psychopath murdering an innocent victim again.

on: June 23, 2012, 03:37:57 AM 9 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / An open letter to Jerry Sandusky

Dear Jerry Sandusky,

Good luck in jail, you will need it you sick SOB...I hope you have to put up with 20 tickle monsters named 'Bubba' in the pokey. Rot in hell  >:( >:( >:( you twisted POS.  :D :D :D :-\ :-\ :-\



on: May 19, 2012, 05:00:18 PM 11 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / And now for something completely different....

After an evening of ingesting "adult" beverages, and the resultant effects of the next morning(hangover from hell) I felt it necessary in the scheme of things to offer these views toward said drinking.... ::) ::) ::) ::)

on: May 18, 2012, 07:43:05 PM 12 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / JeffB, where you at, bro?

I mean, where did you go?  Stop and say good munch. You must be busy  :)  Miss your postage. Just say hello, been busy.... hope all is well friend.

on: May 11, 2012, 01:11:27 PM 13 Forum Rules and Information / Introductions / Menewa Intoduction

I have been here for a while reading and listening.  I think I should tell a few things about myself so that others may be able to understand my positions.  I don’t post often, I really don’t know why.  Maybe I am shy—dunno.

I have worked in the public sector for 32 years.  I have witnessed or participated in over 75 post-mortem examinations in addition to other work.  My first autopsy was a person I knew.  That is a tough way to start a new career.  I have seen the full array of human depravity and this has molded some of my opinions on the Death Penalty.   Also there are two very personal instances in my life I may share someday.

After all these years I have determined in my own mind that prison  is for punishment  I do not deny nor debate the fact that prison has corrective and redemptive value for some inmates – it clearly does.  The deterrent value of prison is obtained when that punishment is viewed by the general public.  Prisoners in general population should do public works.

I place a high value on life.  I do not wish to inflict unnecessary pain and suffering on anyone, even those condemned to death.  For me to be confined to a small cell for even a short period of time would be sheer torment.  LWOP would not be an option for me; give me death.

I do think the victim and the victim’s family have the right to expect justice.  I pity them and grieve for them.  I do feel pity for the condemned inmate and their families; however that does not negate the punishment.  The inmate is the  cause of their pain.

So there is the problem I have.  Murderers should be punished and punished quickly.  They can never replace the life that was taken and LWOP is not acceptable to me personally, therefore, death is the only solution. 

Well that is a start.  I won’t post often but this should be enough for you to gain some insight into my thoughts.  Perhaps I can articulate my feelings completely over time.

on: April 21, 2012, 01:51:14 PM 14 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Why? Some general questions and thoughts


i am new in this forum and have read many threads before this posting.

First of all some info about me:
My name is Klaus, 48, living in Germany (near Heidelberg) (german nationality). Therefore English is not my mother language and sometimes it could be hard for you to understand what i mean. My apologizes for that. ( is my friend ;-) )
Around 25 years ago my 1st girlfriend was killed. The murder gets 15 years and was free after 14 years.

In Germany:
Death penality = not existing (what a shame!)
life = about 15 years
if the guilt is heavy than life can be more than 15 years (depence on the case)

I viewed many cases and some question came up.

Why are murders are not executed after latest 20 years in prison?
He is since 35 years on the death role....

Personally i think the effect of death penality is not so good as people live more than 20 years in prison before possible execution

I would prefer: 100% guilty killers should be executed within 1 year after sentence to death (this could have a positive effect to others to avoid killing others.)

Additional question: What are the costs for a death row inmate per day or month?

Why are people sentenced to death which have not murdered self?

There are some woman on death rows. Why are less woman executed? (it seems to me that the goverment does not like to execute woman)

It would be great if you can give me some feedback for my better understanding.

Thank you!

on: April 08, 2012, 08:07:38 AM 15 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Giggle EASTER BUNNY

Happy Easter BUNNY * * * * * Those arent raisins * * * on the sidewalk *  leading to your front porch. *  *  *  *            *    *  *   DONT EAT THEM
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