(KPLR) – In Monday's Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at why a serial killer, should not have been executed:
Joseph Paul Franklin was a racist serial killer who murdered at least eight people. He may have killed up to twenty. He killed Gerald Gordon outside of a Richmond Heights synagogue. He killed Bryant Tatum in Chattanooga with a shotgun. He shot down Harold Mciver in Georgia. He murdered Darrel Lane and Dante Brown in Cincinnati. They were 13 and 14 years old. He killed Nancy Santomero and Vicky Durian in Virginia. He gunned down Ted Fields and David Martin in Salt Lake City. He shot and wounded civil rights leader Vernon Jordan and Hustler publisher Larry Flint. And those are just the one's we're sure of.
So this morning a little after six am, Franklin was executed by the state of Missouri in Bonne Terre, for killing Gerald Gordon in 1979. He died by lethal injection after a federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court overruled a Kansas City federal judge. She had ruled that the execution should have been delayed, because of the drugs used in the execution. She was right. Joseph Paul Franklin was a murderous monster. And he should not have been executed.
The drug Missouri was going to use is also used in hospitals for anesthesia. It's only manufactured in Europe. The Europeans are against the death penalty. They said if Missouri killed someone with the drug, they'd stop exporting it to Missouri hospitals. So the state backed off. Instead, they came up with a mixture specially prepared by a compounding pharmacy. The mixture has never been Okayed by the FDA. It had never been tested. And there was no way of knowing whether it would result in a horribly painful death.
That was the issue, the constitution outlaws cruel and unusual punishment. But the Supreme Court overruled the lower court. Franklin was executed. The drugs worked, apparently, and he just went to sleep. But if we're going to allow the state to kill someone in all of our names, we need to make sure it's constitutional before we kill them, not afterwards. This execution should have been delayed.
I'm Charles Jaco, and that's Jacology.