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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Death Becomes Him

Have you heard of the idiot, Paul Warner Powell? You may have seen a Law & Order-type show that had an episode based on his case. The good news? The MFer died March 18th by the State of Virginia's hands...or chair, to be specific.

I used to be neutral when it came to the death penalty. I am a bleeding heart to the core and in me, I empathized with the family of the murderers. But at some point, I decided the actual murderers did not need the empathy...the survivors (including, perhaps, the murderers' kin) were the ones I still sympathized. And the crimes themselves were not anything to be sympathetic about.

Powell's case is exactly why I believe in the death penalty.

Powell brutally killed a 16 year old girl in 1999. There are gory details to the crime that can be read on several websites. And actually, those gory details can be read from Powell's own confession. You can find one letter he wrote to the prosecutors here.

Not only did he kill the 16 year old...he also attempted to rape her...but that's not all. He waited - while drinking tea and smoking cigarettes in the 16 year old's house - for her younger 14 year old sister, where he then raped and attempted to kill her.

By the grace of a higher power, or just pure luck, the 14 year old survived and nabbed this asshole for the crime.

He was originally sentenced to death for the crime of murder of the 16 year old, and the rape and attempted murder of the 14 year old sister. About a year later, the death sentence was overturned because the Virginia Supreme Court felt that the prosecution lacked evidence that a rape (or robbery) occurred with the murder...which is what qualifies for the death penalty: a *second* felonious act committed in conjunction with the murder of the 16 year old...and not include the rape and attempted murder of the 14 year old.

Powell, AKA the man who could've been a lawyer instead of a killer, thought that by this action - overturning his death sentence - protected him ("double-jeopardy") from being sentenced to the death penalty *ever* *again*.

So, he fessed up to his crime.

He wrote letters to the prosecutor, mocking the prosecutor's stupidity. Here is an excerpt (supposedly) from one letter:
Since I have already been indicted on first degree murder and the Va. Supreme Court said that I can't be charged with capital murder again, I figured I would tell you the rest of what happened on Jan. 29, 1999, to show you how stupid all of y'all mother f*ckers are.

And then he spews out the vicious act he did to the 16 and 14 year old...in gruesome detail. This was enough to charge him with a NEW charge: murder in the commission of an attempted rape of the 16 year old *only*.

I don't know if death penalty opponents will find this a valid point. I have found my footing in this debate and I am very comfortable with my "kill 'em all" attitude. However, I am also very comfortable in my belief that people are "innocent until proven guilty" and feel there are more innocent people on death row (and in prison) than guilty. So, by my book, if you are guilty of murder, you need to die.

So, Thank You State of Virginia. And Thank Goodness we got another worthless POS off the planet.

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