Showing posts from September 16, 2012

Kimberly McCarthy Execution Date Set

Kimberly McCarthy is 51. She has been on death row since her 1998 murder conviction of her 71 year old neighbor, Dorthy Booth. She is scheduled to be murdered herself on January 29, 2013.

I do know Kimberly and have written to her since 2005. We have talked about her conviction and the circumstances that surround it.

The state says that on July 21, 1997, McCarthy entered the residence of Dr. Dorothy Booth, 70, in Lancaster with the intent to rob her. A struggle took place and Booth was stabbed numerous times resulting in her death. McCarthy was found with Booth's credit cards and her car.

A statement taken by a Dallas police detective violated her constitutional rights and her death penalty conviction was overturned by the state's highest criminal court.

She was retried and resentenced to death. Her most recent appeal beginning in 2002 was denied this year.
In the several years I have known her we have talked about a lot. She is close friends with Darlie Routier, she worries …

Martha Place Executed in NY

Martha Place was executed in NY in 1899. She threw acid in the face of her step daughter and then smothered her. Afterward she attacked her husband with an ax and nearly killed him.Gov. Theodore Roosevelt refused to pardon her and she was executed.
The New York Times wrote of the incident: “The straps across her face were quickly buckled on, the pad drawn over the eyes, the signal given, and the current turned on. … The body scarcely moved. The prayer book in the woman’s left hand twisted across the wrist and slipped partly out when the muscles relaxed. Her thin lips merely tightened.”
Warden Sage reported to his superiors: “The execution was entirely successful. There was no revolting feature.”Martha Place was described by the press as “homely, old, ill-tempered, not loved by her husband,” before her execution.
At age 23 she was struck in the head by a racing sleigh and family members said she was never the same.

It 'Aint Happening in California

I'll just tell ya folks.... California 'aint gonna kill no one. Cynthia Coffman least of all. California will not kill any of the women currently sitting on their death row. I mean, think about it. How long has Richard Ramirez been there?
Oh it's still on the books but they haven't killed anyone in quite some time and wont either. No one supports it anymore No one has been executed since 2006. Natural causes executed 57 of them and suicide took another 20.

November brings Californian's the Prop 34 initiative wherein they have the chance to abolish the death penalty and place life without parole in its stead.

They will vote this into existence because of a few reasons.
A. They should
B. The death penalty is no deterrent
C. So so so many DNA exoneration's years to late
D. Its expensive

Its just time to smarten up.