Category Archives: Death Penalty

A Sexual Sadist Makes His Plans

When he was 24 years old and a strapping ex-Marine, George Nulph saw an attractive older woman who worked at Osburn’s Grocery in Cannon Beach, Ore., and told a friend, “I’d like a piece of that.” The next day he raped and murdered Frances Christians. He stalked her, found her eating lunch in her car, […]

Crime and Apathy

Winston Moseley died last week in a New York prison, and in an unusual twist it was his victim’s name that people instantly remembered – not his. And his victim wasn’t even a celebrity. Kitty Genovese was a 28-year-old bar manager in New York City and had just gotten off work early one morning in […]

San Bernardino: America’s Future?

SAN BERNARDINO – This hellhole used to be my playground. It says something about this city that in the days after 14 people were killed and 21 injured in a terrorist attack, some folks here were hoping the media attention might help San Berdoo turn around. A year from now when the media revisit for […]

Not All Lives Matter

It takes nine pounds of pressure to separate a man from his genitalia. I learned that once in a self-defense class. “Then why aren’t they nicer to us?” someone in the class called out. We all laughed, including me, even though I didn’t think it was funny. The class was taught by a Vancouver, Wash., […]

A Narrative Without Moral

Which is the bigger journalistic sin – a media celebrity embellishing a war story to appear more heroic, or a journalism professor lying to free a murderer? Without a doubt, the first receives a lot more publicity. Who hasn’t heard about Brian Williams? But how many people know what David Protess did? If you haven’t […]

The Luxury of Some Americans

A few times in my life I’ve had to kill a black widow spider. Normally I have a live-and-let-live attitude with spiders. They’re interesting creatures. But the bite of a black widow can cause illness and, occasionally, even death. Killing a black widow is nothing to celebrate. Kill it, clean it up, and make sure […]

Our Misplaced Outrage

White supremacist groups probably score a few more sympathizers every time the American media explode in outrage over a racist comment. What must a white guy think when he finds that even private, negative thoughts about blacks are not allowed? It could make a guy seethe. Especially if he can’t find a decent job, can’t […]

Sacrificing the Small Fry

Neither murderer Gary Haugen nor Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber understand the nature of sacrifice. In Kitzhaber’s case it’s surprising. He used to be an emergency room doctor. Certainly he realizes that some people are worth trying to save, and some are not. His efforts on behalf of Haugen not only cost the state of Oregon […]

Questions for the Living

If you were murdered, would you want your killer executed? Murder can be a terrible way to die. Even if it’s quick – and it often isn’t – murder is a crime that is stuck on rewind. The killer can revisit his victim’s final moments in his mind anytime he wants to. He can relive […]

Haugen’s Media Super Bowl

Hunter S. Thompson wasn’t on Death Row, so he had to take matters into his own hands. No attorneys, no media circus. Just a gun and a suicide note entitled “Football Season Is Over.” Thompson’s last words: “No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is […]