After claiming his innocence for over two decades, William Happ finally confessed to murder as he was put to death by lethal injection in the US state of Florida. News reports said Happ took over 15 minutes to die, as his body repeatedly made convulsive movements, as the state corrections system used a new lethal chemical for the first time. He was pronounced dead at 6:16 pm Tuesday (2016 GMT,) said Misty Cash, a spokeswoman for the state prison system. Happ, 51, had spent 24 years on death row for the murder of a young woman named Angela Crowley in
Comments: Article does not include comments from the anti-capital punishment groups which likely took up his case, nor does it mention who will reimburse the state for 24 years of accomodations and lawyers fees associated with his appeals...rocket dockets for trials, appeals and executions...
Convulsive movements for 15 minutes?! And they forced the change to lethal injection because they said it was more "humane". We can avoid the convulsive movements by hanging, firing squad, electrocution with high voltage(15kV), guillotine. All would be near instantaneous.
Happ got what he deserved, but nonetheless confessed that he was indeed the murderer, and apologized for deceiving capital punishment opponents into believing in his innocence. I wonder what is going through the minds of those credulous folks this morning. Anything?
I´m sure the 15 minutes of convulsing was less time than it took for that poor girl to be kidnapped, raped and strangled. It was certainly alot less than the time her family and friends have spent re-living her death with each and every appeal.
At least in the end, he told the truth for the sake of the family. He gets credit for that in my book.
As for those he conned into believing he was innocent, his statement is a bitter pill. Contrary to popular opinion, death penalty cases tend to be amongst the strongest for the State. They´re not going to put the time and effort into questionable cases.
Wow, he really stuck it to the anti capital punishment groups. He was probably the poster child for their fundraising efforts in the lead up to the execution. His statement sounded as if it had been written by a lawyer, so it probably wasn´t spontaneous.
I´m curious. Why can´t the State use the same drug that doctors give patients who want to kill themselves? The media has never complained that those drugs are harmful or inhumane, as a matter of fact, members of the media celebrate when a state or country legalizes ´Death with Dignity.´
I believe the Chinese don´t use chemicals they use elements. Lead if I´m not mistaken. One tiny pill to the back of the head and then they charge the relatives for the cost. I also think their appeals process is quite a bit shorter.
Sensibly enough, the condemned man waited until the very last moment to confess. A stay of execution was a possibility to which, however remote, he could always cling. When he saw that there would be no last second reprieve, he did the right thing. He confessed. He did more than confess: he consoled. His confession cannot have been other than sincerely meant, for he recognized what his refusal to admit his crime had done to others, and also what his confession could do to restore them, at least somewhat. At the last, the very last instant, at the portal of death, he spoke the truth.
I salute him, the murderer and the long-time liar, for his final act. It was a noble deed, however wicked or ruined his life to that point may have been.
How many such instances of last minute confessions of guilt have been recorded? I have no idea. I know of none.
Good for the murderer. He deserves our respect for his last words.
The victim in an early morning shooting in Walker County has been identified as Ronald Westbrook, a 72-year-old Alzheimer´s patient. Westbrook was shot outside the home of Joe Hendricks on Cottage Crest Court about 4 am. Westbrook lived about two-and-a-half miles from where he was shot and had apparently wandered away from home. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said Hendricks has not been charged. However he said the investigation continues and did not rule out the possibility of charges in the future. The sheriff said Hendricks heard a suspicious sound outside the house and called 911.
The sister of a U.S. marine stabbed to death by a British man in Thailand said she hopes ´someone kills him slowly and painfully in prison´ as the killer was today jailed for 25 years. Lee Aldhouse, 30, from Birmingham, known as ´Pitbull´ in Muay Thai kickboxing circles, pleaded guilty to the murder of 23-year-old Dashawn Longfellow in an attempt to avoid execution or life in jail. (Snip) Aldhouse admitted murdering Mr Longfellow, a decorated veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, after a fight in a bar in the seaside resort of Rawai, on southern tip of the island
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A Georgia restaurant owner has been ordered to remove the patriotic flags flying above his eatery, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. Darren Miller, owner of CJ’s Hot Dogs in McDonough, was cited on Friday by a code enforcement officer for flying flags above his restaurant that honor the military.The restaurant, Fox 5 reports, is dedicated to police officers, firefighters and those serving in the military and Miller says it’s his right to pay tribute to each group -- both inside and outside his restaurant. Three months ago, Miller put up the American flag, the Georgia state flag and banners for every
During an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl for “This Week,” Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker — while offering praise for his GOP colleagues — dismissed Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Paul Ryan as the ideal 2016 Republican presidential nominee. “I think it’s got to be an outsider. I think both the presidential and the vice presidential nominee should either be a former or current governor, people who have done successful things in their states, who have taken on big reforms, who are ready to move America forward,” Walker responded when asked by Karl to
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US Secretary of State John Kerry is to visit Israel on Friday to discuss the Iranian nuclear talks and peace with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Speaking to his ministers, Netanyahu said he would also discuss the Iran talks with French President Francois Hollande, who arrives in Israel later on Sunday, as well as with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he travels to meet him in Moscow on Wednesday. "We will also do that with the American Secretary of State of State John Kerry, who arrives here on Friday," the Israeli premier said, quoted by his office after
Arab and African foreign ministers met in Kuwait on Sunday hoping to accelerate a strategy to bolster economic cooperation, investment and trade ahead of a summit this week. The Third Africa Arab Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday will be the first meeting of its kind since 2010, when leaders met in Libya prior to the Arab Spring uprisings that toppled longstanding dictatorships there and elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East. The one-day meeting will adopt the agenda for the summit, where leaders are expected to approve a raft of new measures to upgrade economic ties between the two
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