Danny Rolling: Buh Bye!
First, look at this picture that's in The St. Pete Times today. Is that not nasty? I mean, who thought this looked yummy? It's a green apple with the Bubonic Plague!!! Gack!
OK, on to Danny Rolling, may-he-not-rest-in-peace. As my grandmother would have said, "Good riddance to bad rubbish".
I had just left Gainesville when Danny Rolling struck. He killed multiple people during his little crime spree; raping and mutilating them terribly. The object was to terrorize, and he did. It's rather hard to return to college when your next-door neighbors were hacked up, with various pieces artfully displayed throughout their blood-spattered apartment.
As with many criminals, Danny apparently experienced a "conversion" in jail and died singing a self-penned hymn and quoting scripture. If he's lucky, the conversion was genuine. But if his victims are lucky, it wasn't. You see, I believe in a heaven and hell and it gives me comfort in times like these, because a simple, painless death was much, much less than he deserved. But, at least we don't have to continue to foot the bill that kept him alive and well-fed.
One person said "No matter how heinous his crimes were, for us to do the same thing — to kill him — it doesn’t make sense." You're right, buddy. You know what? It doesn't make sense to keep him artificially caged like an animal, either! How about we just let him go? I know! Let's let all the criminals go! That would make a lot more sense, right?
People who advocate keeping Death Row Criminals alive should have a higher tax rate so that it's their money that goes to keeping these guys alive. The cost to keeping one Florida Death Row Inmate alive is $80 per day. But heck, Danny's worth it, right? Until it comes out of your pocket.
Buh bye, Danny Rolling. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.