Sunday, May 18, 2014
#Grandstand: The Actual "Power of Hashtag"
The story continued to grow because of her murderer, Winston Moseley, who was apprehended soon thereafter. He quickly admited to the murder in his interrogation ("I chose women to kill because they were easier and didn't fight back.") Initially he received a sentence of death, the judge proclaiming that he was against the death penalty but would make a notable exception in Moseley's case, even to the point of "pulling the switch" himself. (Such fuzzy principles often give way when confronted by reality.) The sentence was later commuted to life with the possibility of parole due to an insufficient argument for "medical insanity".
Moseley escaped shortly afterward during a medical transport, overpowering a guard and taking his pistol. He took a couple hostage, binding the husband and raping his wife, until an FBI agent broke into the apartment and confronted Moseley, guns drawn on each other for half an hour while the agent negotiated with Moseley, who finally surrendered. Moseley went on to participate in the famous 1971 Attica Prison riot.
My heart bleeds ...
Considering the similarity of their circumstances, there is no word whether he has been in correspondence with celebrity cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. If only his defenders would limit themselves to an equally useless hashtag campaign.