Letters to the Editor

Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:45pm

Governor is Owens’ last hope

The Tennessee Supreme Court may soon set an execution date for Gaile Owens. If so, the only person who can intervene is Gov. Bredesen.

One of my employees, Deborah Knapp, served time with Gaile in prison. She too was a badly abused wife who murdered her husband. Unlike Gaile, however, Debbie was allowed to accept a plea bargain and was sentenced to life in prison and paroled after serving 21 years. She has since used her experience to teach other baltered women that there is a nonviolent solution to their problems.

Both Debbie and Gaile were convicted during a time when the courts didn't truly recognize the psychological state of abused women as a defense. I urge Gov. Bredesen to commute Gaile's sentence to life in prison. The world would be a lesser place if Debbie were still in prison, and I'm sure this is also true of Gaile, who seems to have touched the lives of many people.

Sharon D. Nelson
Fairfax, Va.

 

Parole, don’t execute

I’ve known countless numbers of battered women who have been trapped in violent marriages with nowhere to turn. Gaile Owens seems to be an eminently worthwhile individual and she deserves to be paroled not executed.

Michael Tierra
Ben Lomond, Calif.
 

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: Gaile Owens

124 Comments on this post:

By: dooley on 4/2/10 at 2:50

Gail's husband didn't have any one to appeal to spare his life did he ?

By: dargent7 on 4/2/10 at 5:27

What exactly has Owens done to characterize her as "eminently worthwhile individual"?
Too bad see didn't have the lawyers Mary Winkler had as counsel to have her only spend 3 months in jail and 6 months in the funny farm for a grand total of 9 months for shooting dead her pastor husband in the back while he slept. Those clowns were geniuses.

By: idgaf on 4/2/10 at 5:41

Sharon has class outing her employee as a murder to bad its all low.

One has to wonder why someone from Va and Ca would be reading this paper.

I don't see any plus from offing this lady. If she wants to live then commute her sentance Phil.

By: Loner on 4/2/10 at 5:46

Good morning, Nshville!

Don't lnow the Owens story, so i won't comment except to say that the states with the most born-agains seem to be the states that employ capital punishment the most... Apparently Jesus was also a big fan of state-administered executions - it's good to remember that today, Good Friday, otherwise one might get the idea that Christ eschewed capital punishment.

By: bfra on 4/2/10 at 5:52

Her husband, if possible, would surely like his death sentence, that she had carried out, be overturned, so he could come back to life.

By: dargent7 on 4/2/10 at 5:55

idgaf: I read your 1st line 3x now and I have a question: What language are you speaking? Is that Norse? Or Cheech & Chong?

By: govskeptic on 4/2/10 at 6:21

I'm amazed at how every woman who has been slapped around
by her husband or mate automatically jumps to the conclusion
in these cases that there is justification. While not knowing this case the Mary Winkler case was the perfect example!
I'll bet the 6" white heels in that case was purchased new from
some store months after the shooting took place with a
manufactured story to go with them.

By: dargent7 on 4/2/10 at 6:38

The only possible silver lining in the Winkler saga is that witch will have to explain FOREVER why she killed their daddy. Every time she looks the kids in the eye she'll know she killed in cold blood.
Then there's always facing the Big Guy in the eye.
OJ worries about that Day.

By: Kosh III on 4/2/10 at 6:50

Ah yes, Good Friday, in celebration of our Executed God.

"love one another"

Ya'll have a great weekend!

By: house_of_pain on 4/2/10 at 6:54

Take a hike, Kosh...

By: dargent7 on 4/2/10 at 7:09

House: How's you and your adrenal glands doing today?

By: house_of_pain on 4/2/10 at 7:17

Gonna be a good day...or else.

By: dargent7 on 4/2/10 at 7:23

BTW, do you southern hillbillies STOP what you're doing between noon and 3:00pm to reflect on Jesus? We did it up north.
Or, do you just continue to wax your pistols and arm yourselves waiting for Gadot?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/2/10 at 7:36

house, what are you doing up this early?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/2/10 at 7:37

dargent, the Gadot comment is going to go over their heads. the Tennessean is written on an 8th grade reading level so as to accommodate it's readership.

By: localresident2 on 4/2/10 at 7:54

I don't know the facts of THIS case, but I do believe in the "battered wife syndrome" is real and, on the other hand, that it is also used as a bogus defense, and I'm kinda torn on the whole death penalty issue in general.

Having said all that, my real purpose of this post is GOSSIP. Mary Winkler now lives in Murfreesboro, TN with her female "freind" whom I will not name (not that there is anything wrong with that, if you aren't a cold blooded murderer). Just an FYI. And my two cents says she was guilty as sin and s/b in jail for life at the least. Her husband may (MAY!) have been an asshole, but he didn't beat her, so she could've just left.

By: localresident2 on 4/2/10 at 7:56

That s/b "friend" not "freind."

By: house_of_pain on 4/2/10 at 7:57

Still had to get the munchkin to daycare...then Cracker Barrel with wifey-poo.

By: bfra on 4/2/10 at 7:59

house - Bet munchkin wanted to go to Cracker Barrel, too!

By: dargent7 on 4/2/10 at 7:59

House: You remind me of the Mafia hit-man wanna-be who wanted to be "made".
Your itinerary today sounds like your were "maid".

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/2/10 at 8:02

i could go for a cracker barrel breakfast right about now.

By: dargent7 on 4/2/10 at 8:06

Nazix2: This is TCP isn't it? And 8th grade comprehension level is pushing it.
Bend-O cannot show everyone he's a genius if the bar isn't set at 4th grade.

By: house_of_pain on 4/2/10 at 8:07

The key is to mix your fried eggs with the hashbrown casserole & hot sauce.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/2/10 at 8:15

dargent, the brain dead posters on this forum are overflow from the Tennessean.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/2/10 at 8:16

hot sauce is good for breakfast! i ordered some thai chili peppers and holy basil so that i can grow my own stuff this year. can't wait to get it.

By: dargent7 on 4/2/10 at 8:28

Nazi: I really think they're two separate groups. There's a different "feel" to TCP. Kinda like family, Charles Manson style, but a family.
The lunatics over at the Tennessean are racist, white supremacist, niggar haters.
The "comments" are sickening.
Here, I at least get to know what's on sale at Kroger and which beer goes with grits.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/2/10 at 8:32

By: dargent7 on 4/2/10 at 9:28
Here, I at least get to know what's on sale at Kroger and which beer goes with grits.

1. Asparagus is on sale at Kroger
2. Stroh's goes best with grits

By: Captain Nemo on 4/2/10 at 8:55

Good morning

Anybody we know?http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/jko/lowres/jkon58l.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 4/2/10 at 8:57

Good morning

Anybody we know?http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/jko/lowres/jkon58l.jpg

By: bfra on 4/2/10 at 8:58

Would recognize that face anywhere, Nemo Tee Hee!

By: Captain Nemo on 4/2/10 at 8:58

Sorry Sorry

By: Captain Nemo on 4/2/10 at 9:05

I am in Bristol Va visiting my daughter. She had oral surgery this morning and I am staying with her for a day or so.

By: house_of_pain on 4/2/10 at 9:06

Nemo, you're a regular party animal.

By: bfra on 4/2/10 at 9:09

Nemo - Hope everything goes well with your daughter. Don't get into any trouble there in VA!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/2/10 at 9:13

how's the weather in VA, Nemo?

By: Captain Nemo on 4/2/10 at 9:16

It appears that the end of page 4 and all of page yesterdays post was infested with crazy.
http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/cza1484l.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 4/2/10 at 9:18

She is asleeping now and the weather is sunny and nice.

By: bfra on 4/2/10 at 9:20

Nemo - Sheep to shore fits one! The ostrich that forgot to "drop & roll" fits the other.
Post well done!

By: brrrrk on 4/2/10 at 9:22

Loner said

"it's good to remember that today, Good Friday, otherwise one might get the idea that Christ eschewed capital punishment."

Consider the symbol of Christianity.... an instrument of capital punishment.

By: brrrrk on 4/2/10 at 9:24

dargent7 said

"idgaf: I read your 1st line 3x now and I have a question: What language are you speaking? Is that Norse? Or Cheech & Chong?"

Mistranslated Vulcan maybe?

By: Captain Nemo on 4/2/10 at 9:24

Sure thing, house
http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/how-to-draw-cartoons-102.jpg

By: house_of_pain on 4/2/10 at 9:25

"I will not buy this record...it is scratched."

By: Captain Nemo on 4/2/10 at 9:33

I think you all know how I feel about capital punishment. State run Cold Bloody Murder.

By: house_of_pain on 4/2/10 at 9:43

Yes, but how do you feel about Bloody Marys?

By: Captain Nemo on 4/2/10 at 9:46

I never cvould be sure as some people are about guilt.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6630413711198904114#

By: Captain Nemo on 4/2/10 at 9:58

Not my type, house.

I would never sleep very well.

http://thelittlechimpsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/mirror.jpg

By: bfra on 4/2/10 at 10:05

By: house_of_pain on 4/2/10 at 10:43
Yes, but how do you feel about Bloody Marys?
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Does that refer to the drink or Winkler?

By: house_of_pain on 4/2/10 at 10:07

The drink. Winkler ain't my type.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/2/10 at 10:13

house come home to a not so undersatnding wife.
http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/mbc/lowres/mbcn363l.jpg

By: bfra on 4/2/10 at 10:16

Nemo - At least she didn't have a shotgun in her hand! LOL

house, stay away from those salads.