The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


June 12, 2008

Murders of two girls makes a death penalty believer


I’m not a big fan of the death penalty, but in cases like the senseless, despicable murders of innocents like Paschal-Placker and Whitaker, I temporarily become a passionate fan of the death penalty.

A news report quoted officials as saying there were two weapons used in the murders of the girls, which, to law enforcement experts, would indicate more than one murderer.

One tentative theory is the girls accidentally stumbled upon a crime in progress, perhaps a drug deal. The only drug deals that realistically occur in the country are growing plants that become drugs and methamphetamine production. And we’re to believe the girls possibly stumbled on a meth lab being operated on top of a country road? The idea doesn’t seem reasonable, but then again cooking, selling and/or using meth are not reasonable notions either.

When our symbolically kudoed super trooper or good Samaritan or vigilante captures the girls’ murderers, the citizens in and around Weleetka perhaps might then be able to catch some decent winks of sleep. And all law-and-order loving Americans — which I believe describes the huge majority of our population — will feel a sense of justice and then divine retribution as the electrified crown is placed on top of the murderer’s shaved, wet head. (I know, Oklahoma utilizes lethal injection for its executions.)

The state-sponsored liquidation of these evil-doers, however, will not bring those two precious girls back to life.

I’m sure their parents, siblings, grandparents, close friends and other loved ones gladly would trade death penalty debates and all other hypothetical considerations in exchange for having their beloved girls alive again.

Kinnamon is online/special projects editor of the News & Eagle. Contact him at

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