Vote No on Proposition 34: The Evil that Lurks Among Us

The psychopath lacks conscience, empathy and the ability to love or relate to people on a human level. They can kill in the morning and get on with their day.

At the time of his final act of savagery he was 38 years old, bulky of frame and his arms and torso were covered in tattoos. His name is Richard Allen Davis and he possesses qualities that are both unique and rare to mankind. He lacks conscience and receives great joy from inflicting pain and suffering upon others.

Such great joy in fact, that his final bloodlust was only satisfied after he had kidnapped, raped, and murdered twelve year old Polly Klaas. He disposed of her remains by dumping her on a garbage pile off a freeway-off ramp, hiding her slight lifeless body under a piece of plywood, hoping that his crime would not be discovered. But it was.

Davis was not regurgitated from Hell into Petaluma so that he could kidnap Polly in the late evening of Friday October 1, 1993. He had been weaving his web of perversion around Polly’s home for quite some time. Witness after witness testified that they had seen him in the weeks prior to the crime.

One boy observed the killer vomiting in Wickersham Park on an early September. He asked the sick man if he needed help. “Get the hell out of here you stupid kid,” was his only response. An artist deliberately avoided the gaze of the man with the scary, darting eyes and the prison tattoos. A teacher, moonlighting as a house painter, unsuccessfully attempted to engage the man with the frightening demeanor in conversation on several occasions as the killer wandered aimlessly around Polly’s neighborhood in early August.

The unbelievable, but all too common criminal history of Polly’s killer spans more than two decades and includes incidents of kidnapping, robbery, assaults with shotguns, handguns, knives and fireplace pokers.

Always, the victims were women, who were alone and vulnerable. Often times they would escape, notify authorities and Davis would return to prison. Finally, he could take it no more.

He had to find a victim that could not, would not, fight back. A small victim that he could control over — perhaps a little girl, under the veil of darkness, where he could hide in the shadows and deny his crimes.

Polly is not dead simply because Davis wanted to eliminate witnesses to his crime. If it were that simple, he could have hidden his face behind a mask. Instead, he leveled incalculable violence upon a little girl who was afraid of the dark and feared the boogeyman.

It was only in the throes of this massive perversion that he was able to achieve the sexual release that was the goal of his attack. Had he not been captured he would have repeated this scenario again, and again, and again.

How do I know these things to be true? Fifteen years ago I spent six months sitting in a courtroom as prosecutors built the case against my daughter’s killer. I listened to psychiatrist after psychologist detail the mind of a sexually sadistic psychopath.

Their arguments were so convincing that he was sentenced to death. He still sits on death row and as he told psychiatrist Lewelen Jones, he “masturbates twice daily and thinks of tying up female victims of past crimes.”

I can think of no better justification for the death penalty.

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Cat Burke September 21, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I live in a horror, too absolute to breathe...
Cat Burke September 21, 2012 at 04:20 AM
“The Riverside County district attorney decided in April to seek the death penalty for Simpson, who also is charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with the stabbings of Burke's father, Paul, and her boyfriend, Connor McCormack, then 17. Simpson also faces several special allegations including lying in wait and committing his crimes during a burglary. The charges against William Gary Simpson Jr., 19, the alleged killer of Saskia Burke, were upheld by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Kelly Hansen following a day-long preliminary hearing. Simpson is charged with first-degree murder and a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a burglary in the Dec. 20, 2011 fatal attack at the Burke home, in Murrieta. He is also charged with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait, as well as two counts of attempted murder and multiple great bodily injury and weapons allegations.” http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/murrieta/murrieta-man-ordered-to-stand-trial-in-murder/article_9b39df5f-d130-5345-9824-aa8fbee7b0e6.html http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/man-to-stand-trial-in-murrieta-triple-stabbing?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001
Cat Burke September 21, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Mr. Klaas, I stand with you in support of the Death Penalty. I stand beside you, as the Parent of a MURDERED CHILD. I am sorry, that it is our eyes that have been opened to the fact that monsters do exist! And from this mothers heart, I am so truly sorry our children have been taken in such heinous ways! Thank you, for finding the strength to lend your voice, take a stand - and say NO to proposition 34!
candi mcknight October 05, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I am crying for you Mrs. Burke, your family and your baby girl, Saskia. When she passed, It must have felt like rain when ten thousand Angels cried. I am so very, very sorry and sad for your loss.
Ada Eschen October 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM
No on proposition 34. For Polly, for Saskia, for Michael, for Sierra, for Daniel, for all of the victims, for all of the victims families. Don't let any statistics, any dollar amounts, any comparisons to other states, any arguments of inability to determent, nothing, let nothing get in the way to serve justice in the manner it needs to be served for those that have committed these horrible acts upon another innocent life. Be firm, be convicted, vote NO on 34!


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