More ET entries

January 15, 1999: The Reçak Massacre, wherein some 40 to 45 Kosovo Albanians were shot to death. This was a very controversial event and remains so to this day, with some people claiming it was the merciless slaughter of unarmed civilians and others saying it was a military action against guerrillas. Because of the conflicting statements it was pretty hard for me to research and write. Regardless, it was what finally got NATO to get involved in the conflict in Yugoslavia.

January 17, 2006: Clarence Ray Allen, who was ultimately responsible for four murders, although he didn’t commit any of them himself. One of the homicides is a Charley Project case: 17-year-old Mary Sue Kitts, who disappeared in 1974. Allen was 76 by the time of his execution and in very poor health, and his attorneys said it would be cruel and unusual to execute a sick old man. The court of appeals rejected this argument and pointed out that it was Allen’s own fault that he was a sick old man on death row; he’d been 50 years old when he ordered the murders that would lead to his death sentence, and spent the next quarter-century trying to prolong his life with endless appeals.

6 thoughts on “More ET entries

  1. Kat January 18, 2012 / 8:37 pm

    “Sick old men” are young people at one point, too. I cannot tell you how sick to death I am of the criminals in this country having more rights than the victims. It just drives me nuts.

  2. Princess Shantae January 18, 2012 / 9:43 pm

    I agree. And anyhow Allen was already in prison when he ordered those killings. If somebody commits murder or hires it done while they’re already in prison it shows they’re extra extra dangerous. At that point there’s nothing else to be done with them.

    • Meaghan January 18, 2012 / 9:57 pm

      Poster child for the death penalty, as I said.

  3. Cattt January 22, 2012 / 3:10 am

    I know it’s off topic, but there are two profiles of the same person.

    Cynthia Campbell Spragg – Missing Jan 1, 1980
    Cynthia Campbell Woolard – Missing Feb 1, 1980

    I’ve tried to send stuff via emails, but I don’t know if you are getting them.

  4. Robin Cox January 28, 2012 / 10:04 pm

    Generally, I didn’t give any sleep walking bad behavior story any credence until I started shacking up with a sleep walker. I sometimes in the middle of the night find him outside the bedroom or in strange positions — aggressive, paranoid, and acting incredibly outside of his character and unreasonable, despite being a very clever, behaved man when awake. If I added PTSD to his sleep behavior, I imagine a homicide could happen. Our home is armed with two guns, and I make sure that they’re kept outside of the bedroom, because in these episodes, I fear that he would accidentally kill me.

    • Meaghan January 28, 2012 / 10:37 pm

      Over two years ago, I wrote on this blog that I’d gone to sleep at home and when I woke up, the kitchen table had been folded up and some lights were on that I know for a fact hadn’t been on before. I was puzzled by this because I was supposed to have been alone in the house all day. I questioned relatives, asking if they’d been over while I was asleep, but they all said no.

      Someone suggested in the comments section that I’d been sleepwalking. I didn’t give this any credence and kind of shrugged off the whole incident. But then, last November, Michael was complaining about me making too much noise and said something like, “You said you were so tired last night, you were going to sleep right away, but my roommate heard you walking around later.” And I was like, “No, I totally slept all night” and went to talk to the roommate, who said he’d not only heard but seen me, right outside his bedroom, opening the fridge, rummaging around and then walking away without taking anything. I have no memory of this. So perhaps I do occasionally sleepwalk.

      As for Mr. Gnypiuk…who knows what happened. It’s not impossible that he killed her, woke up, panicked and then tried to conceal his crime. We’ll never know now.

      [EDIT: Aha, I found the entry; it is right here: The day before my birthday.]

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