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11 -  General Crime / Crime Debate and Discussion / Re: Meanwhile 22 years later, the monster who murdered our baby still lives

Started by Granny B - Last post by Granny B on: January 22, 2015, 04:35:31 PM

Jase, for the most part, we are focused on our other living grandchildren and our great granddaughter, who will soon have a baby brother or sister to play with.

When Brandon's Death Day rolls around each year, our whole family re-lives the trauma of his loss and the pain comes back as fresh as if it were yesterday again.  We miss him.  There is no good reason for his senseless death.  I still can't understand why she did it or what pleasure she got from the murder of our Baby Brandon.  Here we are so many years later, and she still does not have to tell us a thing, nor has she. 

No, we have lived our lives as best we could, trying not to dwell on his death, or think about her, or what she does or does not do, or have.  We try to forget the many hurts she and PP and her legal team and murderer followers have dealt to us.

We still have lives we live in spite of her and her monstrous shadow on our lives, ignoring it the best we can.......January 21st each year, the day she killed him, the 22nd which was the 1st birthday of our granddaughter who is now in Vet school, and the day we learned Brandon was missing.  February 1st, the birthday of a niece who is now deceased too, was when Cathy was found in Independence, Mo. and brought back to Austin.  February 4th, my sister's birthday, was the first court hearing to try to get the map to where she buried Brandon's body.  February 8th my daughter-in-law's birthday was the day of the court decision to force her attorney to turn over the map to his body, later that evening his body was dug up.  February 10th, was the services in Austin for Brandon.  The 11th we flew his body back home for burial.  Brandon's services were held on the 12th here where we live.  On the 13th Eryn and Melissa flew home.  Valentine's day, the 14th we tried to resume our lives.

Yes, this is a tough time of year for us, the birthdays bring back what happened on those days and the feelings we were feeling during that time.  Believe me, if I could go into hibernation and skip this time of year, I surely would, but I can't.  Like the rest of my family, we are living our lives without our baby, carrying on from day to day.  Trying to forget, not succeeding in forgiving.

12 -  General Crime / Crime Debate and Discussion / Re: Meanwhile 22 years later, the monster who murdered our baby still lives

Started by Granny B - Last post by phlebbb on: January 22, 2015, 04:21:45 PM

Ida, while I agree the monster should be worm chow right now, it isn't and thanks to the pp and her minions, will most likely get life in prison. The only way in my mind to look at this is, she may be alive, but, she will not be free. She will always be told what to do, what to wear and will never be allowed to walk "free" again. She will always be under the watchful eye of her warders and be told what she can do. And in then end , when she stands before St. Peter, she hasn't got a prayer because of what she has done....she may have b.s.'ed the law here on earth,but, she will in time face the Ultimate law and there she has no defence. 8) 8) 8) :-* :-*

13 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Richard Eugene Glossip - OK - 11/20/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by Jase on: January 22, 2015, 02:41:50 PM

From that photo above it looks like he has a window. I hope that is just in the visiting room he is in. He doesnt deserve a window!!!

14 -  General Crime / Crime Debate and Discussion / Re: Meanwhile 22 years later, the monster who murdered our baby still lives

Started by Granny B - Last post by Jase on: January 22, 2015, 02:33:05 PM

It is always so clear in the way you write that the pain is still so fresh and strong for you. My hope for you is that things progress quickly and you can finally find a focus for your emotions other than that woman who is so undeserving of your passion!!!

15 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Marcellus Williams - MO - 1/28/15 - Stayed

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: January 22, 2015, 01:54:44 PM

Supreme Court stays execution for man who fatally stabbed former Post-Dispatch reporter

 The Missouri Supreme Court has issued a stay of execution for Marcellus Williams, who had been scheduled to die on Wednesday for the fatal stabbing of former Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle at her home in University City in 1998.

 Williams had argued that he was entitled to additional DNA testing, and the high court put off the execution to give his claim time to be heard.

 Williams killed Gayle, 42, at her home in the gated Ames Place neighborhood on Aug. 11, 1998. Williams was burglarizing the home when Gayle, who had been taking a shower, surprised him. He stabbed her repeatedly while she fought for her life.

 A jury convicted Williams at a trial in 2001. He was sentenced to death by St. Louis County Circuit Judge Emmett M. O'Brien.

 The judge also ordered Williams to serve consecutive terms of life in prison for robbery, 30 years for burglary and 30 years each for two weapons violations.

 Before sentencing, Williams told the judge he lacked jurisdiction — that only God had that authority. (Boy that's rich)

 Gayle was a Post-Dispatch reporter from 1981-92. She left the paper to do volunteer social work with children and the poor.

16 -  General Crime / Crime Debate and Discussion / Re: Meanwhile 22 years later, the monster who murdered our baby still lives

Started by Granny B - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: January 22, 2015, 12:54:11 PM

Rest assured Granny B...on the day of judgment she will be forced stand tall before her maker.  LI will seem like sweet kisses compared to eternity in hell.

17 -  General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Mark A. Christeson - MO - 10/29/14

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by turboprinz on: January 22, 2015, 12:41:17 PM

Supreme Court gives Missouri death row inmate another chance
January 20, 2015

 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that went against a Missouri death row inmate who claims his lawyers abandoned him, putting off the imminent threat of execution.

The Supreme Court had earlier showed interest in Mark Christeson's case by blocking his execution on Oct. 28 so he would have time to file new court papers. He will now get another chance to argue his case.

Christeson was convicted of killing Susan Brouk, her 9-year-old son and her 12-year-old daughter in 1998 near her home in southern Missouri.

He and his cousin broke into the home and raped Brouk, according to court documents. They then took the Brouks to a pond where Christeson cut the throats of the mother and son and threw them into the water. They suffocated the daughter and threw her into the pond, according to court documents.

Christeson's attorneys argued in an appeal to the Supreme Court that his court-appointed attorneys had failed to meet a key deadline for filing court papers in 2005 and then refused to cooperate when the mistake came to light.

The failure to meet the deadline means Christeson's conviction in state court was never reviewed by a federal judge, which is the usual practice.

In an unsigned opinion, the Supreme Court said Christeson's claim should be heard.

The case is Christeson v. Roper, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 14-6873.

18 -  General Death Penalty / Texas Death Penalty News / Re: Texas Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by turboprinz on: January 22, 2015, 12:35:52 PM

Man on death row for Houston murders loses Supreme Court appeal
January 20, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a man convicted and sent to Texas death row for the fatal shootings five years ago of his estranged wife and her 15-year-old daughter.

The high court made no comment Tuesday rejecting the appeal from 44-year-old Jaime Piero Cole, who's identified in prison records as a native of Ecuador. Justices rejected Cole's automatic appeal following his conviction and death sentence. A similar appeal was turned down last year by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Cole was condemned in 2011 for the slayings of 31-year-old Melissa Cole and her daughter Alecia Castillo. Both were shot repeatedly at their Houston apartment. Cole drove off with the couple's 2-year-old son and was arrested about 50 miles away in Wharton.

19 -  General Death Penalty / Delaware Death Penalty News / Re: Delaware Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by turboprinz on: January 22, 2015, 12:32:30 PM

Delaware court overturns murder conviction, death sentence
January 21 2015

DOVER, Del. — The Delaware Supreme Court has overturned the conviction and death sentence of a Kent County man charged in a 2010 drug-related killing outside a Dover bowling alley.

The court ruled this week that 27-year-old Isaiah McCoy, who was convicted of killing 30-year-old James Mumford, is entitled to a new trial because of errors by the judge and prosecutor in his 2012 murder trial.

The justices said the trial judge erred in improperly denying the challenge of McCoy, who is black, to the seating of a white juror whose wife had worked at the state prison where McCoy was an inmate.

The Supreme Court also said the prosecutor erred in vouching for the credibility of a key state witness, and also cited what the justices called the prosecutor’s “pervasive unprofessional conduct.”

20 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Richard Eugene Glossip - OK - 11/20/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by turboprinz on: January 22, 2015, 12:29:46 PM

Richard Glossip, Death Row Inmate Set To Die Next Week: 'I Think About Just Being Able To Hug My Family'
Posted: 01/22/2015

Richard Glossip wakes up each day knowing that at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29, he's going to die.

The 51-year-old has been on death row ever since he was convicted of first-degree murder nearly 17 years ago on the testimony of a single witness. Glossip has maintained his innocence from the start, and now he's hoping that a last-minute reprieve from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) -- or the White House -- can spare him from becoming the 196th person to be put to death by the state of Oklahoma.

Justin Sneed, a young contract handyman who worked and lived at the Best Budget Inn that Glossip managed in Oklahoma City, confessed to beating motel owner Barry Van Treese to death with a baseball bat on Jan. 7, 1997. Prosecutors said Glossip feared losing his job and recruited Sneed to kill his boss. Sneed would later testify that Glossip promised him $10,000 to commit the crime. Both men were convicted of first-degree murder. In exchange for his testimony, Sneed received a life sentence without parole; Glossip received a death sentence.

A judge told Glossip that if he admitted his involvement in Van Treese's death, he would be sentenced to life in prison and eligible for parole in 20 years. Glossip said he refused to perjure himself by admitting to something he didn't do.

Last month, Glossip went on a hunger strike, which drew more attention to his case. He had already brought several anti-death-penalty advocates into his corner, including Sister Helen Prejean, the nun and clemency advocate behind the memoir Dead Man Walking. A petition calling for Fallin to spare Glossip's life has garnered more than 11,000 signatures.

If Glossip is executed as planned, he'll leave behind four children: Christina, 35; Erica, 32; Tori Lynn, 28; and Richard Jr., 26, as well as two grandchildren, ages 14 and 8. The Huffington Post spoke to him by phone earlier this week.

I laugh all the time. I know the guards done think I flipped, completely crazy, because I laugh at the TV all the time.

I love British comedies. Especially this one called "Last of the Summer Wine." It's these three guys, these old buddies who have been friends for years and years since school. And it's about the things they enjoy, like climbing a hill and lying in the grass. They don't need cars, homes, all that fancy stuff. They just need a cup of tea or to go lie on a hill somewhere.

And you watch that, it makes you realize you didn't need all them things in life either. All you need to live is a simple life. A simple life will always be the best.

You just gotta make do with what you have. And I do. Anything funny that comes on, I'll watch, and I'll sit and laugh with it. It helps me get through every day, knowing something's there to laugh at.

It doesn't always have to be a serious thing every day that you get up. Just because you're facing being executed, don't mean you can't laugh and try to live a life as best you can while you're in your situation.

I'm proud to say a lot of people down here say I've made a difference in their lives, and it's helped them to cope with this a lot better. You gotta spend the time you have no matter where you are, make the best out of the situation.

My last cellie, Wendell Grissom -- he ended up seeing that you don't have to live every day in this place miserable. That you don't have to be mad at a guard because he does something to you that you didn't like. It's their job; you can't be getting mad and kicking on the door and screaming at people just because they decided they didn't like what you're doing at the time.

Grissom had that problem at first. Even his pen pal in England wrote me and said, "I've never seen such a big change in a person." She said his demeanor is so much better since he met me.

And that makes you feel good, knowing you could help change somebody. To make a difference. Letting it destroy your mind or taking whatever peace you have left is just crazy. You just can't let that happen to you.

I didn't realize I had that much strength to deal with this for so many years. People complain about the simple things in life that they don't have. Like a new car or this or that. I get up every day facing this and I fight. It surprises me that I have it in me. I sure didn't think I did.

I thought I'd have been a granddad many times over. I am a granddad, and I'm happy about that. But a lot is different now, that's for sure. I just thought life would be totally different.

I have two grandkids that I've never seen except in pictures. It gives you something to look forward to. That if something should happen, and this should change, I would get to see these people and get to be part of their lives. They'd get to see me, who I am, and see that this place hasn't changed me.

Every now and then I'll lie back and think about that. I really do. I just think about amazing things that could happen if I were to be set free.

I think about just being able to hug my family. Being with them at mealtimes. And I miss working so bad, it's unbelievable. I love to work. I've always loved to work.

That's one of the things I miss most in life. Being able to get up and go to work each day, and bust my ass each day, as I always have. I know it sounds strange and simple.

My oldest daughter just got back into my life. We had written each other several times since I've been locked up, but as for phone conversations, we just started talking on the phone a little over a month ago. She was so excited to talk to her dad, since we haven't seen each other for so long.

When your family starts getting back in your life and you see how much they loved you, even after all the years you've been separated from them, it helps keep you very, very strong. Especially over these last couple of weeks.

They showed up at my trial without my consent. I really didn't want them there. I didn't want them drug into this mess. That's what it was. A mess.

I didn't want them visiting me in prison, which made them very upset, for the most part. I didn't want them seeing me through the glass and cuffs and shackles. I didn't want them seeing their dad like that. I wanted them to remember me as I was.

My uncle was a preacher, so I had to grow up in the church. But I've never really been away from the church for long periods of time. I've always believed.

I think [being on death row] makes you a lot stronger in your beliefs. Or you better let it make you a lot stronger in your beliefs, that's for sure. When you get down close to where I'm at now, it's a comfort to know that you've made peace with everything. Especially God.

A lot of people ask if I hate [Sneed]. I don't hate him. Hatred ain't gonna do anything for you. I don't know what people believe in the afterlife, or what's going to happen. I don't even know, to be honest with you 100 percent, what I believe. But I do believe that there is something after this life, and that I don't want to be going through it hating everybody.

I don't give up hope in any way, shape or form. Because until they lay you on that table and stick them needles in you and you're completely dead, you always have hope. I'll never let them take that away from me, no matter what.

I'm not afraid of dying. Everybody dies. It's just a part of life: You're born, you die, that's it. But I do want people to know that I'm innocent.

Everybody's skeptical when you first tell them you're innocent. When you're on death row and in prison, people come up and say, "I'm innocent; I didn't do it." But when you look into the case and start seeing for yourself, "Hey, something ain't right here," then it really kind of bugs some of these people that I'm not more angry than I am. That I'm taking this like I am. But I'd rather take it like this than be miserable every day up until that day.

A lot of reporters have asked me, "If you got out tomorrow, would you be bitter toward all of the things that have happened to you?" I told them, "No, I wouldn't." I'm not a bitter person now, and I don't want to be a bitter person ever. Things happen. It's unfortunate that they do. But all I can do now is fight.

My friends say, "You just can't seem to catch a break." Maybe now I'll catch the break. Who knows. It's not over till it's over.

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