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    Once targeted for death penalty, N.J. man to return to prison for killing again
    By Bill Wichert | NJ Advance Media for
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    on April 09, 2015 at 3:45 PM, updated April 09, 2015 at 4:43 PM


    George Jones

    NEWARK— After George Jones fatally shot a man in 1994, prosecutors initially sought the death penalty for him, but a judge ultimately sentenced him in 1997 to 30 years in state prison.

    But a few years after being released on parole, Jones is now slated to return to prison for killing again.

    Jones, 42, of Newark, pleaded guilty on March 31 to a reckless manslaughter charge in connection with the July 27, 2013 fatal shooting of Michael Belle on Elizabeth Avenue in Newark.

    Jones shot Belle after the two men got into an altercation, said Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. Jones has said he shot Belle in self-defense, Carter said.

    Under a plea deal, prosecutors are recommending that Jones receive a 10-year prison sentence, Carter said. Jones would have to serve eight and a half years before becoming eligible for parole. His sentencing is scheduled for May 5 before Superior Court Judge Ronald Wigler.

    Jones was released from state prison on April 21, 2009 and then remained under parole supervision until April 9, 2012, according to Matthew Schuman, spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Corrections.

    In the 1994 killing, Jones, then 21 years old, gunned down 39-year-old John Hargrove during an April 5, 1994 robbery as Hargrove was walking home from a check-cashing store on Elizabeth Avenue in Newark's Weequahic section.

    Hargrove had just cashed a $140 welfare check when he was confronted by Jones and at least one accomplice as he walked below the Interstate 78 overpass, authorities previously said.

    While the case was still pending, the prosecutor's office declared its intention to seek the death penalty for Jones. The death penalty in New Jersey was later abolished in 2007.

    Jones' case ultimately led to questions about his mental retardation and his competency to stand trial, according to previous Star-Ledger stories. His attorneys had said he suffered from severe lead poisoning as a child.

    After prosecutors sought the death penalty for Jones, Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Falcone found him incompetent to stand trial in early 1995, the news reports said. The judge ordered him to be evaluated to see whether he could be made competent.

    In April 1996, a court-appointed psychiatrist determined that Jones was incompetent, but Judge Donald Coburn, who succeeded Falcone in the case, rejected that opinion and ordered a further evaluation of Jones. That evaluation found him competent to stand trial.

    Jones ultimately pleaded guilty on Jan. 22, 1997 to an aggravated manslaughter charge. On March 7, Judge Alvin Weiss sentenced him to 30 years in prison and ordered that he serve 15 years before becoming eligible for parole.

    The judge rejected a request by Jones' attorneys for a lighter sentence and indicated that state law did not allow him the flexibility to take into account Jones' intellectual deficiency as long as he was competent to be tried.

    "I recognize that the defendant might not have the mental capacity that other people have and this may be the result of circumstances beyond his control," said Weiss, according to a Star-Ledger story on the sentencing. "However, the crime itself was brutal and horrible."

    Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Steven Farman told the judge at the hearing that the differing opinions of psychiatrists have left the extent of Jones' retardation in question, according to the news report.

    "I think it's fair to say that we don't know what his mental status is," Farman said.

    Bill Wichert may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @BillWichertNJ. Find on Facebook.

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                Ten years ago on this date, July 27, 2006, Michael William Lenz was executed by lethal injection in Virginia for the murder of his inmate, Brent Henry Parker on January 16, 2000. Please go to this previous Blog Post to learn more.


    Michael William Lenz

    Victim, Brent Henry Parker

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                On this date, 28 July 2009, two Japanese murderers, Hiroshi Maeue and Yamaji Yukio were both executed by hanging in Japan. Hiroshi Maeue was a Serial Killer, while Yamaji Yukio committed murder when he was a juvenile and he murdered again when he was released.

    Hiroshi Maeue

    Yamaji Yukio 山地悠紀夫

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                On this date, July 29, 2003, Harold Loyd McElmurry III was executed for the murders of an elderly couple on August 2, 1999. He needed a suicide assist and he gave himself up to be put to death. I am grateful that he was repentant.


    Harold Loyd McElmurry III

    "I'd like to say I'm sorry to the Pendleys. I hope they can forgive me." 
    - The last words of Harold Loyd McElmurry III

                Please go to this previous blog post to learn more about this killer.

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                In loving memory of William Wilberforce, who died on this date, July 29, 1833. I will post this Pro-Life article to remember him. 


    William Wilberforce’s famous quote

    Wilberforce didn’t give up, and neither should we

    Abortion is a reality that must not remain in a stagnant state of concern. We must remain in forward motion. To live in comfort while acknowledging yet neglecting the genocide around us is the utmost in selfishness.

    1. “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

    Concern, void of action, will eventually lead to apathy, and where apathy becomes comfortable, the issues are inevitably forgotten. And that is a tragically hopeless state to be in.

    I had a friend challenge me once to consider every way I treated people that day. Then he said to imagine everyone I saw the next day wearing a shirt labeled “image-bearer of God.” God did not see a baby being formed and then decide to assume responsibility for it. He loved that child long before a cell held any form of their identity. When we look away, we look away from an image-bearer of their Creator – OUR Creator. 
    This isn’t a guilt trip– it’s a reality check.

    2. “We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible…so we will do them anyway.”

    Wilberforce spent 28 years combatting the slave trade. He knew the mirage of the impossible. He saw it, heard it, and feared it. But his persistence proved the impossible to be nothing but a lure towards his victory.

    Wilberforce faced two forms of opposition from his fellow legislators: political and personal. Members of parliament supported the slave trade because their constituents demanded it. But members of parliament also had slaves of their own. Giving up slavery would mean sacrificing the desires of their constituents and thus likely their career, but it also meant surrendering their own personal conveniences.

    Politicians support abortion because their constituents demand it…but politicians aren’t regularly having abortions. It’s political, not as much personal. That’s a barrier we do not have to cross that Wilberforce did. Also, not all of us are carrying a terminal ailment that Wilberforce carried with him throughout his journey.

    3. “God Almighty has set before me two Great Objects: the suppression of the Slave Trade and the Reformation of Manners.”

    Wilberforce ran on a platform of justice. But his ferocity was not his own, nor did he take the credit. Instead, he credited God with this assignment and it was his reverence towards God that prompted his obedience to follow. He elaborates on reformation of mannersto mean the moral compass of society. He admitted that a victory of abolition wouldn’t be possible by votes alone but that his pursuit must be supplemented by changing the hearts of his fellow men. This is important. Many pro-choice, and even some quasi pro-life advocates, will condemn pro-life legislation and instead push for creating a culture where abortion, though legal, wouldn’t be an issue because people would be responsible.

    While this is part of Wilberforce’s conviction, he didn’t push for moral reform at the sacrifice of legislative efforts. His strategy consisted of a hybrid approach of change and law.

    The idea of no women wanting an abortion is rather dystopian and ultimately unrealistic. To be fair, I don’t think anyone is suggesting otherwise. However, even if we get to a point in society where we reduce abortions by 90% due to a change of heart, that 10% of babies still matter and there must be legislative security for their right to life. It will take a long time to change the hearts of such a stubborn culture that we live in. No baby should have to die at the expense of society’s inability to learn quickly the value of life and the horror in killing the innocent.

    This generation can see the demise of abortion. WE can do this. 

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                On this date, July 30, 2015, the National Assembly of Chad adopted an anti-terrorism law that provided for the death penalty and increased the punishments for lesser terrorism offences from the previous maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment to life.

    Chad Parliament Brings Back Death Penalty for Terrorists


    The national parliament of Chad has unanimously approved a rigorous anti-terrorism bill that reintroduces the death penalty just six months after its abolition.

    Along with reinstating capital punishment, the new law—passed Thursday by a vote of 146 out of 146—beefs up prison sentences and gives the police greater leeway in cases of suspected terrorism.

    Penalties for less serious terror offences have been increased to life from the previous maximum of 20 years, and police may now hold terror suspects without charge for 30 days, renewable twice, up from 48 hours prior to the bill.

    Opposition groups and civil liberties associations have criticizedthe new legislation, saying it could be used to curtail civil rights.

    On June 17, Chad banned the wearing of burqas, or full-face veil, after two Boko Haram suicide bombers killed more than 30 people. Despite the ban, on July 11 a male suicide bomber dressed in a burqa blew himself up in the capital’s main market, killing 15 people.

    Chad has suffered two suicide bombings in the last month, and last week, Boko Haram slaughtered 16 Christian fisherman in northern Nigeria, all of whom were citizens of Chad, by slitting their throats.
    Earlier last week, authorities announced the creation of a new 8,700-man regional task force to fight against the jihadist group Boko Haram, which has killed thousands of people in the region.

    The Multi-National Joint Task Force is made up of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Benin.

    “Any moment from now, the operations or the Task Force will be manifest. In other words, we may not tell you, you will just see it,” said Nigeria’s military spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade.
    Chad’s new anti-terrorism legislation thus forms part of an ongoing attempt to draft the measures necessary to effectively put a halt to Islamist atrocities.

    The secretary general of the government, Abdoulaye Sabre Fadoul, said that the executive remains in favor of abolishing the death penalty in principle, but revised its position taking into account “public concern.”

    Follow Thomas D. Williams on Twitter @tdwilliamsrome


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                On this date, 31 July 1945, one of Adolf Hitler’s Reich Bishop, Ludwig Müller, committed suicide.


    Reichsbischof Ludwig Müller shook hands with Adolf Hitler

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  • 08/01/16--14:02: HITLER OATH

  •             On this date, Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany following the death of President Paul von Hindenburg. I will post information about the Hitler oath from Wikipedia.


    The ceremonial swearing-in of the Reichswehr to the new Reich President Adolf Hitler! Aug. 1934. The teams with mourning ribbons swear oaths to the new Reich President Adolf Hitler.
    The term Hitler oath refers to the oaths of allegiance, or Reichswehreid, sworn by the officers and soldiers of the German Armed Forces as well as civil servants of Nazi Germany between the years 1934 and 1945. The oath pledged personal loyalty to Adolf Hitler in place of loyalty to the constitution of the country.


    On the day before President Paul von Hindenburg'sdeath on August 2, 1934, Hitler's cabinet had enacted a law combining the offices of Chancellor (the head of government) and President (the head of state); Adolf Hitler would henceforth be known as Führer und Reichskanzler (Leader and Chancellor) and was both head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces. The day of the Hindenburg's death, the cabinet ordered a plebiscite for August 19 for the German people to approve the combination of the two offices.

    Although the popular view is that Hitler drafted the oath himself and imposed it on the military, the oath was the initiative of Defence Minister General Werner von Blomberg and General Walther von Reichenau, the chief of the Ministerial Office. Indeed, Hitler was surprised by the oath. Before Hitler took office, the military swore the Reichswehreidto the German constitution and president. The intention of Blomberg and Reichenau in having the military swear an oath to Hitler was to create a personal special bond between him and the military, which was intended to tie Hitler more tightly towards the military and away from the NSDAP. Years later, Blomberg admitted that he did not think through the full implications of the oath at the time.

    Germany's voters went to the polls and 89.9% voted their approval for Hitler to assume complete power over Germany. The following day, August 20, 1934, the cabinet decreed the "Law On The Allegiance of Civil Servants and Soldiers of the Armed Forces", which superseded the original oaths. Prior to the decree, both members of the armed forces and civil servants had sworn loyalty to "the People and the Fatherland" (Volk und Vaterland); civil servants had additionally sworn to uphold the constitution and laws of Germany. The new law decreed that instead, both members of the armed forces and civil servants would swear an oath to Hitler personally.

    Text of the oaths

    Wehrmacht oath

    Die Vereidigung der Wehrmacht auf Adolf Hitler, 2.8.1934

    "Ich schwöre bei Gott diesen heiligen Eid, daß ich dem Führer des Deutschen Reiches und Volkes Adolf Hitler, dem Oberbefehlshaber der Wehrmacht, unbedingten Gehorsam leisten und als tapferer Soldat bereit sein will, jederzeit für diesen Eid mein Leben einzusetzen."

    The Wehrmacht Oath of Loyalty to Adolf Hitler, 2 August 1934

    "I swear to God this sacred oath that to the Leader of the German empire and people, Adolf Hitler, supreme commander of the armed forces, I shall render unconditional obedience and that as a brave soldier I shall at all times be prepared to give my life for this oath."

    Civil servant oath

    Diensteid der öffentlichen Beamten

    Ich schwöre: Ich werde dem Führer des Deutschen Reiches und Volkes Adolf Hitler treu und gehorsam sein, die Gesetze beachten, und meine Amtspflichten gewissenhaft erfüllen, so wahr mir Gott helfe.

    Service oath for public servants

    I swear: I will be faithful and obedient to the leader of the German empire and people, Adolf Hitler, to observe the law, and to conscientiously fulfil my official duties, so help me God!

    Public figures who refused to take the oath

    In alphabetic sequence:
    • Karl Barth (Swiss theologian); Consequences: loss of professorship
    • Martin Gauger (probationary judge as a state prosecutor in Wuppertal); Consequences: forced retirement of his position as a state prosecutor
    • Franz Jägerstätter (Austrian conscientious objector); Consequences: execution in 1943; beatified in 2007
    • Josef Mayr-Nusser (from Bozen), after call-up for duty in the Waffen-SS; Consequences: Death penalty, died on the way to the Dachau concentration camp
    • Joseph Ruf (de) („Brother Maurus“ of the Christkönigsgesellschaft (rel.)), Consequences: Death penalty followed by execution
    • Franz Reinisch (Pallottines padre from Austria), after call-up for duty in the German Wehrmacht; Consequences: execution by beheading in 1942

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                On this date, August 3, 2015, Cathy Henderson, a woman who murdered an infant on January 21, 1994, died in prison. I will post information about this wicked witch from several internet sources. Do not forget the victim, Baby Brandon Baugh and remember Ding Dong the wicked witch is dead

    Cathy Henderson
    (December 27, 1956 to August 3, 2016)

    Baby Brandon Baugh
    (October 16, 1993 to January 21, 1994)

    Cathy Lynn Henderson

    General Information:
    • Date of Birth - 12/27/56
    • Date of Offense - 1/21/94
    • Age at Time of Offense - 37
    • Prior Occupation - Babysitter
    • Education - 12
    • Prior Prison Record - None
    • Location of Crime - Temple, Texas
    • Co-defendants - None
    • Race and Gender of Victim - White male
    Crime Committed:Convicted in the abduction and murder of 3-month-old Brandon Baugh. Henderson had been babysitting the young boy and his 2 1/2-year-old-sister Megan, for three months prior to the murder without incident.

    Henderson later told police that Brandon died after she dropped him accidentally on his head. She said she panicked, buried the boy, and fled to her native Missouri, where she was later arrested.

    Using a map drawn by Henderson, authorities found Brandon's body in a cardboard box in a shallow grave outside of Temple on Feb. 8, 1994. An autopsy determined Brandon died of a fractured skull. 


    Cathy Henderson’s file
    Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

    Cathy Lynn Henderson

    On the morning of January 21, 1994, the parents of Brandon Baugh delivered their three-month-old baby to Cathy Lynn Henderson, the infant’s daily caregiver, at Henderson’s home near Austin, Texas.
    Tragically, Brandon died of massive head trauma later that day when, according to Henderson, he fell from her arms and struck his head upon the concrete floor of the home. 

    Henderson had nursing experience, but when her efforts to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation did not succeed, Henderson panicked, buried the infant’s body near Waco, and fled to Missouri.
    On February 1, 1994, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Henderson in Kansas City on federal and Texas kidnapping warrants. 

    F.B.I. Special Agent Michael Napier promptly initiated custodial interrogation, beginning with the familiar Miranda warning. Henderson first denied knowledge of the child's whereabouts and stated that she had left him with his grandmother, but the Agent persisted and later, through leading questions, Napier elicited from Henderson a confession that she killed the baby. 

    He asked her, “When you say the whole thing, are you talking about that Brandon is dead, that you know where the body’s located, that it was an accident, that you’re sorry? She responded by nodding her head. Later, Napier said, “Brandon’s dead. It was an accident.” To this statement, Henderson replied, “Yes.” Napier asked, “Did you bury him?” She responded, “Of course I did. He’s just a baby.”
    Henderson Agent Napier then asked Henderson to sign a written statement, to tell him the specific location of the infant’s gravesite, and to draw a map depicting that location. The Agent’s persistence doubtless brought home to Henderson both the seriousness of her circumstances and the significance of the Miranda admonition he had delivered only moments before. 

    Henderson therefore refused to sign any statement, refused to disclose the location of the gravesite, refused to draw the map requested by Agent Napier, and asked instead for the assistance of an attorney. Napier then terminated his interrogation.


    Henderson then met with Assistant Federal Public Defender Ronald Hall, the attorney initially provided in response to her request for the guiding hand of counsel. She spoke with him privately and in confidence, telling Hall where she had buried the body of Brandon Baugh, and drawing for Hall a sketch-map of that location as a means of reducing her words to paper. 

    After Henderson agreed to extradition to Texas, attorney Hall sent the map and other confidential information to a Texas attorney, Nona Byington, who agreed to represent Henderson until the State court appointed a criminal law specialist to assume Henderson’s defense. 

    After State officials learned that Henderson had exercised her Miranda rights and refused to draw a map for Agent Napier, but that attorney Byington now had the map drawn for attorney Hall, they turned the heat upon Ms. Byington. 

    A grand jury subpoenaed Byington, and the local Sheriff demanded that she hand over the map. When Ms. Byington refused, the Sheriff had her arrested on a charge of “tampering with evidence,” and his officers searched her office and automobile, albeit to no immediate avail. The Sheriff also defamed Ms. Byington to an eager press, labeling her an “accomplice to an ongoing crime.” 

    This whipped-up public frenzy well summarized in THE TEXAS LAWYER’S edition of February 14, 1994: Anyone listening to the radio call-in shows in Austin recently had no doubt who was the most hated lawyer in central Texas. Austin’s Nona Byington, three years out of law school and representing a woman accused of abducting a missing 3-month-old boy, endured five days of vilification for refusing to give authorities the maps her client had drawn showing the location of the infant’s body. 

    On February 7, 1994, the grand jury issued another subpoena demanding that Ms. Byington relinquish her client’s map. But the hated and vilified Ms. Byington continued to stand her ground; she refused to comply, asserting the confidentiality of the privileged communications and her client’s rights under the fifth, sixth, and fourteenth amendments. 

    The State immediately sought a court order compelling attorney Byington to surrender the map, on pain of jail if she refused. An evidentiary hearing on the State’s motion was held the same day. Consistent with the Sheriff’s inflammatory defamations, the State chiefly argued that by withholding the map, attorney Byington was facilitating the “ongoing crime” of kidnapping, and that the crime-fraud exception to the attorney client privilege therefore trumped Henderson’s assertion of the privilege.

    However, after considering all the evidence presented to him at the hearing, the presiding judge rejected the “ongoing kidnapping” argument, saying, “I’m convinced that the child is deceased, and since I’m convinced the child is deceased, I really don’t see how it can be an ongoing crime.”
    The next morning (February 8, 1994), however, the judge nevertheless ordered Ms. Byington to surrender the map, saying that the map was not a confidential communication because, at the time she prepared it for attorney Hall, Henderson harbored the subjective intent of assisting the authorities in locating the infant’s body. 

    Ms. Byington reluctantly capitulated to the court’s order and, using the seized map, State authorities located the body of Brandon Baugh on the evening of February 8. 

    On February 9, 1994 the State charged Henderson with the capital murder of Brandon Baugh. Before trial, the same judge revisited his ruling of February 8, this time under a defense motion to suppress the evidence to which the seized map had led the State. 

    The motion was denied on the same ground of nonconfidentiality, and also upon the ground that the crime-fraud exception to the attorney client privilege nullified Ms. Byington’s refusal to betray her client’s confidences. The judge ignored his prior finding that the child was dead, and revived the “ongoing kidnapping” rationale that he refused to invoke at the hearing on February 7-8, 1994. He then added that if the child were dead, the crime-fraud exception for “abuse of corpse” came into play.
    Trial was held in May 1995, and the jury convicted Henderson on the sole charge of capital murder of an infant, in violation of TEXAS PENAL CODE § 19.03(a)(8).

    Cathy Henderson

    She says it was an accident but the jury believed otherwise, making babysitter Cathy Henderson the only Travis County woman currently on Texas Death Row.

    On Texas Death Row: 

    Cathy Henderson, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Number 999148, was received at TDCJ on June 1, 1995. After three months of babysitting Brandon and Megan Baugh, Henderson abducted, murdered, and buried 3-month old Brandon, later telling police that the baby's death was an accident.

    About Cathy Henderson: 

    A petite 37 year old blond with no prior criminal history, Cathy Lynn Henderson had been babysitting the Baugh children for about 3 months before the January 21, 1994 abduction and murder. Originally from Missouri, Henderson had been living in northeast Travis County and was the babysitter for Megan and Brandon Baugh in 1993/94. Upon the disappearance of Henderson and baby Brandon, a nationwide search ensued. Henderson was found in Missouri.

    About Brandon Baugh: The body of 3-month old Brandon Baugh was found in a box buried in a shallow grave outside Temple, Texas on Feb. 8, 1994. He had died days earlier on January 21. An autopsy revealed he died from head injuries that, according to the medical examiner, were not consistent with a fall from the babysitter's arms as Cathy Henderson had claimed. At the time of his death Brandon also had a 2 1/2 year old sister, Megan.


    Cathy Lynn Henderson cries during an interview on Texas women's death row
    in Gatesville, Texas, on April 17, 2007.
    (Photo LM Otero/AP photo)

    By Crimesider Staff AP August 4, 2015, 3:21 PM
    Woman convicted of killing infant dies 2 months after plea

    AUSTIN, Texas - A woman who spent nearly two decades on Texas death row for killing an infant has died in prison, less than two months after she pleaded guilty to murder ahead of a new trial.

    Cathy Lynn Henderson, 58, died Sunday at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, Travis County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Lisa Block said.

    Henderson's attorney, Jon Evans, told the Austin American-Statesman she was hospitalized for breathing difficulties about two weeks after accepting a plea deal June 12 where she avoided a retrial and took a 25-year prison sentence. She was being treated for pneumonia and then a stroke, Evans said.

    Travis County prosecutors decided not to pursue a death sentence at a trial that had been set for September, but she could have received a life term if convicted.

    Under the June plea agreement, credit for time she already served meant she could have been released in four years.

    Henderson was just days away from execution in 2007 when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted her punishment for the 1994 death of Brandon Baugh, a 3-month-old child she was babysitting. The same court subsequently granted her a new trial.

    Henderson had insisted she dropped the child while caring for him at her Pflugerville home.

    Henderson said she performed CPR but didn't call 911, panicked and fled. She wrapped him in his blanket, stuffed him in a wine cooler box and traveled north, burying him in a field 60 miles away. Then she drove to her native Missouri where she was later arrested.

    At her trial, then medical examiner Roberto Bayardo testified it was "impossible" to attribute Brandon's head injury to an accidental fall.

    But Bayardo recanted his testimony in 2007, saying advances in the understanding of pediatric head injuries found that relatively short falls onto a hard surface could produce injuries similar to those he discovered during Brandon's 1994 autopsy. Bayardo concluded he could not determine if the boy's injuries were the result of "an intentional act or an accidental fall." 

    Henderson had been moved from state prison to custody of Travis County authorities in January 2013 and was at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle when she became ill.

    Block said while there's no evidence of foul play in Henderson's death, an autopsy was planned.

    Cathy Lynn Henderson, babysitter convicted of murder, dies in hospital
    8:53 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 | Filed in: Crime


    Cathy Lynn Henderson, who dominated national headlines in 1994 for the the killing of 3-month-old Brandon Baugh, died Sunday after a month of hospitalization, her lawyer said Monday. She was 58.

    Once just two days away from execution, the former babysitter spent nearly two decades in prison before winning a new trial in 2012. On June 12, just months before her case was to go to trial a second time, Henderson hobbled into the courtroom on crutches with the help of her lawyers and pleaded guilty to murder. She was sentenced then to 25 years in prison, but with credit for time served, she could have been released in four years.

    Henderson was taken to the hospital on June 24 after she had trouble with her breathing. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and had a stroke during her stay.

    “Cathy Lynn Henderson passed away last night, at peace and without pain,” her lawyer, Jon Evans, told the American-Statesman. “In the last few weeks of her life she was relieved of a 21-year burden. Her version of the events of the tragedy of Brandon Baugh finally was given the proper respect and credence it deserved. She passed with that satisfaction.”

    A sharply divided Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Henderson’s capital murder conviction and sentence in December 2012. The court upheld a recommendation by District Judge Jon Wisser that she have a new trial based on new scientific discoveries into the nature of head injuries.

    Henderson claimed that Baugh died after slipping from her arms and falling about 4 feet to the concrete floor in her home in the Pflugerville area. She said she panicked, burying the boy’s body in a Bell County field before fleeing to Missouri, where she was found and arrested 11 days later.

    Some supporters of the Baugh family said they were relieved to see Henderson plead guilty after years of lies and denials. But Brandon’s parents, grandmother and sister said they had been surprised and disappointed to learn she would not face a jury once more.

    “I have no doubts that your plea today is not an act of contrition but another act of selfishness in order to gain your freedom,” Brandon’s father, Eryn Baugh, told Henderson on the witness stand on the day she took her plea.

    Follow Jazmine Ulloa on Twitter: @jazmineulloa


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    On this date, August 4, 2005, a Cop Killer, George Everette Sibley Jr.  was executed by lethal injection in Alabama for the October 4, 1993 murder of Sergeant Roger Lamar Motley. His partner-in-crime, Lynda Lyon Block was executed by the electric chair in that State on May 10, 2002. It was Double Justice for the Fallen Cop’s families! 

    George Everette Sibley Jr.

    Roger Lamar Motley

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                On this date, August 5, 2004, James Barney Hubbard (March 7, 1930 – August 5, 2004) was sentenced to death by the state of Alabama in 1977 for the murder of Lillian Montgomery, with whom he was living after having been released from prison. Hubbard had served a 20-year sentence for murder and called police to report a shooting on January 10, 1977. He said Lillian had shot herself at her home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She died as the result of three gunshot wounds, one to the face, one to the head, and one to the shoulder. He was executed by lethal injection 27 years after the murder. At age 74, he was the oldest American to be executed in decades.

                He was another example of a recidivist murderer that had committed murder and was released more than 15 years later only to murder again. 


     James Hubbard

     James Hubbard

                Please go to this previous blog post to learn more about this recidivist killer.

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                On this date, August 5, 2008, Jose Ernesto Medellinwas the second of the three convicted killers of Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena on June 24, 1993 to be executed by lethal injection in Texas. Sean O’Brien was the first one and Peter Cantu was the third person to die by lethal injection. I wish there was a Joint Enterprise Law and all six of them would have been executed.  


    José Ernesto Medellín

    Elizabeth Pena and Jennifer Ertman

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  • 08/05/16--09:08: LITTLE BOY
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  • 08/05/16--09:08: THE ELECTRIC CHAIR


    Execution by electrocution, usually performed using an electric chair, is an execution method originating in the United States in which the condemned person is strapped to a specially built wooden chair and electrocuted through electrodesplaced on the head and leg. This execution method, conceived in 1881 by a Buffalo, New York dentist named Alfred P. Southwick, was developed throughout the 1880s as a humane alternative to hanging and first used in 1890. This execution method has been used in the United States and, for a period of several decades, in the Philippines(its first use there in 1924, last in 1976).

    Historically, once the condemned person was attached to the chair, various cycles (differing in voltage and duration) of alternating current would be passed through the individual's body, in order to cause fatal damage to the internal organs (including the brain). The first more powerful jolt of electric current was designed to pass through the head and cause immediate unconsciousness and brain death. The second less powerful jolt was designed to cause fatal damage to the vital organs. Death may also be caused by electrical overstimulation of the heart.

    Although the electric chair has long been a symbol of the death penalty in the United States, its use is in decline due to the rise of lethal injection, which is widely believed to be a more humane method of execution. Although some states still maintain electrocution as a method of execution, today it is only maintained as a secondary method that may be chosen over lethal injection at the request of the prisoner, except in Tennessee where it may be used if the drugs for lethal injection are not available, without input from the prisoner. As of 2014, electrocution is an optional form of execution in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia. They allow the prisoner to choose lethal injection as an alternative method. In the state of Kentucky the electric chair has been retired except for those whose capital crimes were committed prior to March 31, 1998 and who choose electrocution; inmates who do not choose electrocution and inmates who committed their crimes after the designated date are executed by lethal injection. In the state of Tennesseethe electric chair is available for use if lethal injection drugs are unavailable, or otherwise if the inmate so chooses if their capital crime was committed before 1999. The electric chair is an alternate form of execution approved for potential use in Arkansas and Oklahoma if other forms of execution are found unconstitutional in the state at the time of execution. On February 8, 2008, the NebraskaSupreme Court determined that execution by electric chair was a "cruel and unusual punishment" under the state's constitution. This brought executions of this type to an end in Nebraska, the only remaining state to retain electrocution as its sole method of execution.

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                On this date, August 6, 1890, at Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair. I will post information about this executed killer from Wikipedia and other links.


    The execution of William Kemmler, August 6, 1890
    William Kemmler

    William Kemmler, American murderer

    May 9, 1860
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    August 6, 1890 (aged 30)
    Auburn Prison, Auburn, New York
    Produce merchant
    Criminal penalty
    Death by electrocution
    Criminal status
    Tillie Ziegler (common law wife)


    William Francis Kemmler (May 9, 1860 – August 6, 1890) of Buffalo, New York, was a convicted murderer and the first person in the world to be legally executed using an electric chair.


    Early life

    William Kemmler was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both of his parents were immigrants from Germany and both of them were alcoholics. His father died from an infection that he received after a drunken brawl and his mother died from complications of alcoholism. Kemmler worked in his father's butcher shop after dropping out of school at age 10, having learned neither how to read nor write. After his parents died, he went into the peddlingbusiness and earned enough money to buy a horse and cart, although at this point he was becoming a heavy drinker. In one episode involving him and his friends after a series of drunken binges, he said he could jump his horse and cart over an eight-foot fence with the cart attached to the horse. The attempt was a failure, and his cart and goods destroyed in the incident. He was known to friends as "Philadelphia Billy" due to his drinking binges that were very well known around the saloons in his Buffalo neighborhood. Kemmler was reportedly slender, with dark brown hair. He spoke both Englishand German.

    Murder, trial, and appeals

    Further information: War of Currents

    Kemmler was accused of the March 29, 1889 murder of Matilda "Tillie" Ziegler, his common-law wife, who had been killed with a hatchet. He was tried and convicted of murder on May 10, 1889. On May 13 he was sentenced to death. As of January first of that year New York had instituted death by electrocution, the first such law ever. Kemmler's sentence was to be carried out at New York's Auburn Prison via the new electric chair, a device invented in 1881 by Buffalo, New York dentist Alfred Southwick which, after nine years of development and legislation, was ready for use. Kemmler's lawyers appealed, arguing that electrocution was cruel and unusual punishment.

    The attempt to carry out Kemmler's execution was pulled into the AC/DC war of currents between George Westinghouse, the largest supplier of alternating current equipment, and Thomas Edison, whose company ran their equipment on direct current. The alternating current that powered the electric chair (a current standard adopted by a committee after a demonstration performed at Edison's laboratory by anti-AC activist Harold P. Brown showing AC's lethality) was supplied by a Westinghouse generator surreptitiously acquired by Brown. This led to Westinghouse actively supporting Kemmler's appeal, trying to stop what seemed to be Brown and Edison's attempt to try to portray the AC used in Westinghouse electrical system as the deadly "executioners current". The appeal failed on October 9, 1889 and the U.S. Supreme Court turned down the case on the grounds that there was no cruel and unusual punishment in death by electrocution.


    The First Execution by Electrocution in Electric Chair:
    Kemmler's Death by Torture
    Twice the Current Was Sent through the Murderers Quivering Frame
    New York Herald 7 Aug 1890

    On the morning of his execution, August 6, 1890, Kemmler was awakened at 5:00 a.m. He dressed quickly and put on a suit, necktie, and white shirt. After breakfast and some prayer, the top of his head was shaved. At 6:38 a.m., Kemmler entered the execution room and Warden Charles Durston presented Kemmler to the 17 witnesses in attendance. Kemmler looked at the chair and said: "Gentlemen, I wish you all good luck. I believe I am going to a good place, and I am ready to go."

    Witnesses remarked that Kemmler was composed at his execution; he did not scream, cry, or resist in any way. He sat down on the chair, but was ordered to get up by the warden so a hole could be cut in his suit through which a second electrical lead could be attached. This was done and Kemmler sat down again. He was strapped to the chair, his face was covered and the metal restraint put on his bare head. He said, "Take it easy and do it properly, I'm in no hurry." Durston replied, "Goodbye, William" and ordered the switch thrown.

    The generator was charged with the 1,000 volts, which was assumed to be adequate to induce quick unconsciousness and cardiac arrest. The chair had already been thoroughly tested; a horse had been successfully electrocuted the day before.

    Current was passed through Kemmler for 17 seconds. The power was turned off and Kemmler was declared dead by Edward Charles Spitzka.

    However, witnesses noticed Kemmler was still breathing. The attending physicians, Spitzka and Carlos Frederick MacDonald, came forward to examine Kemmler. After confirming Kemmler was still alive, Spitzka reportedly called out, "Have the current turned on again, quick—no delay."

    In the second attempt, Kemmler was shocked with 2,000 volts. Blood vessels under the skin ruptured and bled and some witnesses erroneously claimed his body caught fire. The New York Times reported instead that "an awful odor began to permeate the death chamber, and then, as though to cap the climax of this fearful sight, it was seen that the hair under and around the electrode on the head and the flesh under and around the electrode at the base of the spine was singeing. The stench was unbearable." Witnesses reported the smell of burning flesh and several nauseated spectators unsuccessfully tried to leave the room.

    In all, the entire execution took approximately eight minutes. The competitive newspaper reporters covering the Kemmler execution jumped on the abnormalities as each newspaper source tried to outdo each other with sensational headlines and reports. A reporter who witnessed it also said it was "an awful spectacle, far worse than hanging." Westinghouse later commented: "They would have done better using an axe."



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    Ten years ago on this date, 8 August 2006, a Satanist Killer, Darrell Wayne Ferguson was executed by lethal injection in Ohio. He was convicted of stabbing to death 3 people between December 25 to 26, 2001. He showed no remorse and requested for a suicide assist. Good radiance that he is gone to end his reign of terror. I bet no abolitionists can even rehabilitate him. 

    Darrell Wayne Ferguson

    Please go to this previous Blog Post to learn more about this killer.

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