A former Florida police officer was scheduled to be executed Tuesday for the murder of nine people in a 1986 rampage over three months.
The execution by lethal injection of 56-year-old Manuel Pardo was set for 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke. A federal judge denied Pardo’s request for a stay Monday.
Officials said most of Pardo’s victims were involved with drugs. Pardo contended that he was doing the world a favor by killing them in 1986.
“I am a soldier, I accomplished my mission and I humbly ask you to give me the glory of ending my life and not send me to spend the rest of my days in state prison,” Pardo told jurors at his 1988 trial.
Pardo’s attorneys are trying to block his execution, arguing in federal appeals that he is mentally ill, something his trial attorney believed more than two decades ago.
I’ll concede that he’s insane. Sane people don’t become serial killers. And, just like all dangerous, rabid animals, he needs to be put down. For his own good as well as ours.
It’s a damned shame that it’s taken this long to kill a without-a-doubt serial killer. Guy should have been dragged out behind the courthouse immediately after his sentencing and hanged from the nearest tree.
But you can bet your ass that the hybristophiles will be out in force for this guy:
Pardo was dubbed the “Death Row Romeo” after he corresponded with dozens of women and persuaded many to send him money.