It takes a real ignoramus to get the death penalty in a state that doesn't have the death penalty and has never executed anyone.
Michigan resident Marvin Gabrion killed another Michigan resident in Michigan. Gabrion, furious with a young woman for accusing him of rape, kidnapped her and her infant. Gabrion transported Rachael Timmerman to the Manistee National Forest, handcuffed her to cement, and threw her alive into a lake. Her infant Shannon has never been found.
If Gabrion had any sense at all, he might have noticed the national in "Manistee National Forest." That's how the feds got hold of him -- he committed a capital crime on federal land.
In the federal court in Michigan, Gabrion was sentenced to stretch hemp, or however they do it these days. Last week the sentence was upheld.
Note to defendants undergoing the penalty phase of a capital trial: do not beat your lawyer in the head in front of the jury.
Photo: Marvin, from his whiny plea for pen pals. Do not write to this shit. That flower belies an evil mind. He has taunted his victims' families by implying that the baby is still alive, and he is suspected in several other deaths.
He is brutal. Dumb. Most of all dumb, bestially stupid; the executioner is a most appropriate remedy.
Though I don't think too many folks would mind if they strung him up in, oh, say, Indiana.
For more on Michigan's death penalty history see this post.
Thanks to Robert Waters for the link.