UPDATE II (8/2/11) — Hank Skinner has been given a new execution date: 11/11/11. I’ve closed comments to this post (as it already has over 200 comments) and have posted a new post here for new comments.
UPDATE: 3/24/10 — The Supreme Court of the United States has blocked the execution of this triple-murdering monster.
I’ll make a deal with all of you gloating anti’s and murderer-worshiping wackos — if the DNA tests that Skinner is requesting are run and he’s found not guilty, I’ll donate $100 to the ACLU or some other anti-DP cause. If he’s still guilty, you each donate $25 to the charity of my choice. Deal?
Henry Watkins “Hank” Skinner was convicted and sentenced to death for killing his girlfriend and her two mentally-retarded sons on New Year’s Eve in 1993.
Tomorrow, sometime shortly after 6:00 p.m. Huntsville, TX Time (HTT), Hank Skinner will pay for those brutal murders (and a lifetime of abusive, physical violence and drug abuse) with his life.
Another Anti-Death Penalty Darling
Hank’s case has drawn world-wide media and lunatic anti-death penalty hand wringers out of the wood work because they believe Hank might just be innocent of these three brutal murders. They are begging the courts to spare Hank’s life and to investigate an alternative suspect and conduct new blood spatter analysis. These appeals have been denied by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Our own local “unbiased” and “totally-objective” but otherwise totally Liberal Texas Tribune has done an entire series of stories (start with this one, and then click on the Related Content to read the other 6 stories on Skinner, all written by the same writer.) on Hank Skinner, including an interview with him from death row. Funny, but I couldn’t find any interviews from the Trib writer, Brandi Grissom, with family members of the victims. Or any mentions of the evidence that was used to convict Skinner.
Instead, she comes across pretty much like one of the star-struck groupies of Hank Skinner, pretty much like the media and celebrity fawning over cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. If I find out she cries on the night of his execution, I won’t be at all surprised.
Hank’s also pretty much a rock star over at the PrisonTalk Groupie forum, where there are (currently) 6 pages of crocodile tears being shed for a man, who if he lived with any one of these insane women (oh, don’t they dream of that…) would beat and abuse them, too, just like he’s done to every other woman in his life.
The idiots at Reason mag have this headline: “Is Texas About To Execute Another Innocent Man? State officials would rather kill a prisoner than give him a DNA test.” — Two things here, moron: 1) Skinner is guilty, and 2) Texas has not executed any other innocent man. Would you care to name one (Todd Willingham is not innocent. He is dead. But he had not, nor will he ever be, found innocent).
Guilty Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt
There is no need for any further test or investigations because the evidence used to convict Hank Skinner was more than substantial enough to prove that he was guilty beyond any reasonable doubt of the crimes he was accused of. A jury of his peers thought so, and more than one appellate court has agreed.
From the Office of the Attorney General:
Shortly before midnight on December 31, 1993, Twila Busby was strangled and bludgeoned to death and her sons, 20-year-old Randy Busby and 22-year-old Elwin Scooter Caler, were stabbed to death in the home they shared with Hank Skinner in Pampa, Texas.
At midnight, a Pampa police officer was dispatched to investigate a stabbing at an address located across the alley from Twila’s residence. He arrived to find Elwin, in blood-stained underwear, sitting on the porch of a neighbor’s house with stab wounds. Elwin was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.
Investigating Elwin’s stabbing, police went to Twila’s home and found Twila dead on the living room floor near the family’s Christmas tree. She had been strangled and beaten on the head with a blunt object at least fourteen times. A bloodstained axe handle leaned against the couch near Twila’s body while a plastic trash bag containing a knife and bloody towel lay nearby.
Police found Randy stabbed to death in the bedroom he shared with his brother. Police also found Skinner’s bloody hand prints in the house.
Around midnight, roughly the same time officers found Elwin, Skinner arrived at the home of his former girlfriend in blood-soaked shirt and pants. He explained he had been stabbed and shot. Skinner removed his shirt, but the ex-girlfriend found no injuries except for a cut on the palm of his hand, which she bandaged for him.
Over the next three hours, Skinner made many inconsistent statements about the causes of his injury and the course of events. The ex-girlfriend tried to call police, but Skinner threatened to kill her and her children if she did. Skinner also refused to let Reed call Twila to see if everything was alright. Skinner eventually offered to tell Reed what really had happened if she would promise not to tell anyone; she promised, and Skinner told her he thought he had kicked Twila to death.
Suspecting Skinner in the triple-murder, police sought and found him at 3 a.m. at his ex-girlfriend’s house standing in a closet wearing heavily blood-stained jeans and socks, and bearing a gash on the palm of his right hand. A toxicology test on Skinner at 5:48 a.m. revealed alcohol and codeine. Skinner was arrested.
DNA testing showed that blood on the shirt Skinner was wearing at the time of his arrest was Twila’s blood, and blood on Skinner’s jeans was a mixture of blood from Elwin and Twila.
Skinner’s ex-wife testified that Skinner verbally and physically abused her when he was drunk. She said she left Skinner after he threatened to use an ax handle to beat her to death.
You might recall that Skinner killed Twila Busby by smashing her skull in…with an ax handle.
Hank’s defense? He was so fucked up on drugs and alcohol at the time of the murder, that there’s no way he could have committed the crimes. You know…because drunk and high people never murder anybody…
Hank Skinner’s sick, twisted Web Site, run by one of his Euro-trash groupie girlfriends, doesn’t even bother to address Hank’s blood soaked clothing — which was DNA tested and showed that the blood belonged to his victims (and that bloody hand prints at the crime scene belonged to Skinner, too).