Brock and I pride ourselves on getting each other addicted to new and twisted internet sites. For example, Brock recently introduced me to THIS. (Dibs on January.)
To make it up to him, I brought Brock THIS.
Yep, you guessed it. Clemecy reports for people on Death Row in Ohio.
I stumbled upon this (and really, I'm not being dramatic) LIFE-CHANGING site via some SFGate article about some dude in Ohio who claimed they couldn't kill him because he was too fat. They killed him anyway. Naturally, I clicked the link to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and wandered around. Oh, clemency reports. That sounds interesting.
Name, crime(s), victim(s), backround, whole story, victim's version, witness' version...it's amazing. Now, some of them are kind of boring. I just started clicking on names that sounded interesting. Who knew you could get the death penalty for killing another inmate over changing the TV channel? Snooze. But uh, check out Robert A. Buell, executed September 25, 2002.
Jesus Christ. This is on the internet? Seriously? God, I'm going to have nightmares. Thank you Freedom of Information Act.
Then I got to Jeffrey Lundgren, executed October 24, 2006. Page 5 (not that every page isn't a turner) starts off with, "The Cult."
I'd never downplay any loss of life, but just scroll down (each report is a PDF) to the list of crime(s) and victim(s) and see if it's worth checking out. Murder with a firearm and burglary or robbery with a firearm are kinda boring. Held up a gas station, someone died...what else is new. You can kinda tell when it might be dicey: young victims, certain kinds of assault, multiple dates of murders, etc.
Aside from being horrible and sad, the "Details of the instant offense" are really goddamn interesting, for example, "...he nearly cut off her leg before abandoning the effort." Then it gets pretty fucking wrong, mainly because John Hicks is a fucking psychopath and thus, no longer with us.
Anyway, I'm still torn on the death penalty. Intellectually, I think it's a stupid idea. Let these asshole rot in jail forever. It's cheaper and they'd be denied all this attention and drama. On the other hand, if anyone hurt any of you fine people, well...I'd bring back drawing and quartering...