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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:22 AM

AP/Yahoo!: Va. killer shows bits of humanity before execution

Va. killer shows bits of humanity before execution


JARRATT, Va. (AP) — He gave a nod and a wink before he sat down in the electric chair, then he uttered two statements as contradictory as the man himself: a Gaelic expletive and "God bless."

Robert Gleason Jr. was playful and vicious, a protector and a predator. He was likeable and reprehensible. He sent Christmas cards and made me laugh on a bad day.

He was also a killer. And on Wednesday night I watched him die.

I couldn't help but smile as Gleason strung together his last words, a mix of movie and song references that baffled the men in dark suits that lined the death chamber and the citizens and reporters with me listening intently from our green and white plastic chairs. He and I had talked several times over the past three years about what he'd say when he got there. It changed a few times. It got much shorter as the day drew closer, as he feared he'd trip over his own meticulously chosen words.

In the end, he settled on lines from the Johnny Cash version of "Jackson," which reminded him of the woman he regretted losing, and "Take it to the Limit" by the Eagles because it represented the final motorcycle ride he never got to take. I knew the expletive was coming — he'd repeated it often in his thick Boston accent. I must say I was surprised by the "God bless," though.


More at: http://news.yahoo.com/va-killer-shows-bits-humanity-execution-151056427.html

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OmahaBlueDog Jan 2013 OP
NYC_SKP Jan 2013 #1
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #4
Squinch Jan 2013 #6
MrSlayer Jan 2013 #2
Laochtine Jan 2013 #3
MyTwoSense Jan 2013 #5
Squinch Jan 2013 #7
MyTwoSense Jan 2013 #8
Squinch Jan 2013 #9

Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:25 AM

1. Disgusting. Capitol Punishment is SO Wrong!

I'm ashamed of our country, of the hypocrisy.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 02:42 AM

4. +1...

capital punishment appeals to our basest emotions.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:46 AM

6. It also costs a bloody fortune.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:42 AM

2. Good riddance.

 

An unrepentant killer that made good on his threats to continue killing until the state put him to death.

No sadness here, this dude was scum.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:57 AM

3. I think

That we should be better than that

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:44 AM

5. So what should be done?

 

A man murders another man and is sentenced to life. While serving his time, he murders another inmate. While awaiting sentencing for this second murder, he murders yet another inmate, his third victim. Seems the life sentence wasn't much of a deterrent. For those opposed to the death penalty, how would you keep him from murdering again? His own words were “The only way to stop me is put me on death row.”

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Response to MyTwoSense (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:47 AM

7. Solitary, if that's what is needed.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 07:03 PM

8. Well, he was in solitary...

 

He was in a solitary exercise cage and still managed to murder another inmate.

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Response to MyTwoSense (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 07:07 PM

9. How does that happen?

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