Mary Phillips was raped and murdered by Jack Harold Jones, Jr. Her 11-year daughter was raped and beaten with the butt of a BB gun. He also murdered Lorraine Anne Barrett in a separate incident.
Marcel Williams was convicted of kidnapping, rape and capital murder for the death of Stacy Errickson, a 22-year-old mother of two. He also kidnapped and raped a UALR student in a separate incident.
Bruce Earl Ward was convicted of capital murder in the slaying of 18-year-old Rebecca Lynn Doss. He had already served time for voluntary manslaughter.
Stacey Eugene Johnson murdered of 25-year-old Carol Heath.
Don William Davis is responsible for the execution-style slaying of 62-year-old Jane Daniel.
Ledell Lee was tried, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 26-year-old Debra Reese. He was also convicted of raping two other women.
Kenneth Dewayne Williams killed Dominique Hurd and Cecil Boren and Jerrel Jenkins in separate incidents.
The scheduled executions of the men listed above have caused a national outrage. Even actor Johnny Depp came to town and mumbled a few unintelligible things at a protest rally.
I had to search high and low to find the names and information about the victims but I had no problem finding the names and photos of the alleged murderers. There has been no outrage over their barbaric murders, only the proposed executions.
The people they killed were moms, dads, daughters, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles: people who are still missed today. Imagine the horror of getting that phone call that your loved one was savagely and randomly murdered. Worse yet, imagine learning that your loved one had to face that murderer in a dirty bathroom while being raped and strangled to death. The details are gory.
I am not sure the condemned men don’t deserve to die. They are monsters. Some claim to be born again Christians and, according to scripture, they will be forgiven just as the thief on the cross was forgiven.
But I am sure that we have overlooked and forgotten the victims. So while we are feeling shame for the proposed executions, we should perhaps feel more shame for not remembering the innocent victims who didn’t get to live their entire lives.
All of these men were scheduled to die by lethal injection between April 17 and 24. But now, the executions will be delayed. Maybe as soon as tomorrow.
The entanglements are complex, including disputes with the drug companies that supply the drugs that make up the lethal cocktails, the inappropriate and inexcusable behavior of Judge Wendell Griffen and rulings by the Arkansas Supreme Court.
“Justice delayed, is justice denied.”
What if cooler heads had prevailed on United Airlines Flight 3411?
What if United Airlines had merely stalled the flight or moved on to another passenger and offered the compensation for giving up their seat? What if Dr. David Dao had acted like an adult instead of a 5-year-old insisting that the only way he would leave that plane would be kicking and screaming? Both parties were wrong. Dr. Dao will probably be awarded a huge sum of money and United Airlines will have to struggle to regain its brand and stock value.
Sometimes it’s better to take a deep breath, count to 10 or even 100 and think before you do something stupid.
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
The title above is taken from a classic 1963 comedy film directed by Stanley Kramer. It starred almost every working comedic actor in the business. It inspires today’s list of the “madness” surrounding us:
The amount of attention given to the United flight and the obnoxious passenger who was dragged from the plane.
President Trump’s flip-flops on most everything.
North Korea would like to have a war with the United States.
The Pepsi debacle. Selling sugar water came to a new low with Pepsi’s ridiculous commercial promoting soda pop has the “answer” to something.
Sean Spicer: the mouth that just won’t quit. After his Hitler comment, what do you say? Just like his boss, his filter is broken.
Self-driving cars. I trust them more than some drivers I’ve seen
April the giraffe. Over a million people watched the highly anticipated birth. Mother and child are both doing well.
Rick’s Farm Stand is open
I am elated that Rick’s Farm Stand (located across Maumelle Boulevard from McDonald’s) reopened for the summer last week. Almost everything on sale there — except the Arkansas strawberries — is from Florida, but it all looked great. I bought some berries, Vidalia onions and a few tomatoes. The offerings cost more than vegetables in the grocery store, but were worth the difference. I immediately sliced a tomato and onion and scarfed them down. Welcome back, fresh veggies; I’ve missed you!
See you on the Boulevard.
Neal Moore is a public relations and advertising consultant and freelance writer. If you have a community concern, news tip or if you’re just irritated about something, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.