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California inmate used cord to hang himself in death row cell
Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | May 30, 2012 | by Dan Whitcomb

Posted on 05/30/2012 5:19:55 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

(Reuters) - A convicted killer who hanged himself on California's death row did so using an extension cord for an appliance in his cell and had not previously been considered a suicide risk, a prison spokesman said on Wednesday.

James Lee Crummel, 68, was found hanging in his one-man cell at San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco on Sunday, five months before Californians are due to vote in November on a ballot measure aimed at repealing the state's death penalty.

Crummel had been sentenced to die for the 1979 murder of a teenage boy.

San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Bill Mitchell, who prosecuted Crummel, reacted to Crummel's suicide by saying: "I'm very pleased. I wish it had been many years sooner. The world would have been a better place without him in it.

"I've done a lot of murder cases, I've sent 10 people to death row, and Crummel was one of the worst because he victimized young kids, he targeted them."

Crummel faced execution for the kidnapping, sexual abuse and murder of 13-year-old James Wilfred Trotter, who disappeared in April 1979 after leaving the Costa Mesa, California, hotel room he shared with his mother.

In 1990, Crummel led authorities to the boy's charred skeletal remains in a remote area of Orange County, claiming to have discovered them while hiking, Mitchell said. Crummel was eventually linked to the crime through circumstantial evidence.

Mitchell said Crummel served previous prison terms for child molestation and attempted murder and was considered a suspect in the disappearance of two other California boys. His death sentence had been on appeal before the California Supreme court.

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1 posted on 05/30/2012 5:20:00 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"...using an extension cord for an appliance in his cell..."

Any idea what kind of appliance? Can we get one for all the death row inmates?

2 posted on 05/30/2012 5:22:47 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

All of the cells on death row should be furnished with a noose hanging from the ceiling.


3 posted on 05/30/2012 5:22:47 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

ba-bye


4 posted on 05/30/2012 5:23:16 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Joe 6-pack

Well, it’s not called “death row” for nothing.


5 posted on 05/30/2012 5:24:52 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I guess he got tired waiting for his turn...


6 posted on 05/30/2012 5:27:58 PM PDT by AmonAmarth (Wherever you go...There you are)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Good! He saved the State of California some money.


7 posted on 05/30/2012 5:28:14 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Jeez. Even the condemned know that California is too slow on executions.
8 posted on 05/30/2012 5:29:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
CA death row inmates are supposed to die from old age or disease. They are not supposed to die by suicide or lethal injection.
9 posted on 05/30/2012 5:29:37 PM PDT by JPG (Don't just talk about it, make it happen.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Wow........42 years on Death Row? How many millions do we WASTE of convicted murderers across the country, while the Lawyers roll up the Billable Hours with endless Appeals?

Whoever said Death Row cells should be equipped with nooses is on the right track.....

10 posted on 05/30/2012 5:29:53 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I think we ought to supply all death row inmates with appliances!


11 posted on 05/30/2012 5:30:16 PM PDT by ColdOne (eI miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; Morgana

Should have happened long, long ago.

Can we make these cords available to all violent prisoners?


12 posted on 05/30/2012 5:31:17 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: forgotten man

>> All of the cells on death row should be furnished with a noose hanging from the ceiling.

Not bad, but a little too passive.

How about cells comprised of a bed and a toilet/drinking fountain, suspended 30 feet above a concrete floor... with a tightrope between them.


13 posted on 05/30/2012 5:33:11 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

He probably got tired of California living up to their promises.


14 posted on 05/30/2012 5:33:45 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I love a story with a happy ending.


15 posted on 05/30/2012 5:34:52 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Cruel and unusual” sure doesn’t seem to bother the murderers. I don’t understand why so many kollege kiddies and their Marxist professors lose so much sleep over it.


16 posted on 05/30/2012 5:35:08 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Free Stuff or Freedom! You Decide 2012.)
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To: traditional1
42 years on Death Row?

Try that again.

;-)

17 posted on 05/30/2012 5:35:50 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"...using an extension cord for an appliance in his cell..."

And why does a DR inmate get appliances in his cell?

18 posted on 05/30/2012 5:37:54 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

D@mned considerate of him!


19 posted on 05/30/2012 5:38:13 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Joe 6-pack; Jeremiah Jr
Any idea what kind of appliance? Can we get one for all the death row inmates?

Perhaps it was an alarm clock.

20 posted on 05/30/2012 5:45:32 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Heck, they should provide pre-tied lengths of cord to all the death row loosers just in case they wanted to do the right thing.


21 posted on 05/30/2012 5:55:17 PM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

“”Any idea what kind of appliance? Can we get one for all the death row inmates? “”

Is it too much to hope for that they passed it around death row to get maximum use of it?


22 posted on 05/30/2012 5:56:57 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

23 posted on 05/30/2012 6:22:40 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: Thank You Rush
Is it too much to hope for that they passed it around death row to get maximum use of it?

Excellent idea. And when liberals complain that it is inhumane, we can just tell them they are recycling.

24 posted on 05/30/2012 6:24:44 PM PDT by NJRighty (AB0)
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To: forgotten man
All of the cells on death row should be furnished with a noose hanging from the ceiling . . .>/i>

. . . and a memorial wall with nice plaques to honor those who have chosen this graceful exit.

With the amount shown contributed to the family of the victim starting at $10,000 and declining by 1% per month that the perp fails to take the hint.

25 posted on 05/30/2012 6:38:37 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: thackney

22 ?


26 posted on 05/30/2012 6:39:24 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Now there’s a true Prosecutor....


27 posted on 05/30/2012 7:12:21 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: reg45

Not too sure about saving money. You know they are going to investigate this and that costs money.


28 posted on 05/30/2012 7:12:45 PM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Maybe we could placate them by executing prisoners using their preferred method of providing partial birth abortions, something they apparently don’t consider cruel and unusual.


29 posted on 05/30/2012 7:18:15 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: Joe 6-pack
I think about a ten foot length of paracord and a small sign saying "do the right thing" would suffice, as standard issue for all death row cells across the land.
30 posted on 05/30/2012 7:29:42 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: BenLurkin
Used to be a time when justice wasn't this slow. Consider the Lincoln assassination occurred on April 15, 1865. Just 83 days later, on a sweltering July day, the co-conspirators were hung. Within days of their conviction, the gallows were built in the prison yard (the condemned could actually hear the hammers from their cells) and they were also buried in the very same yard.

And this was considered a "long and involved" trial at the time!


31 posted on 05/30/2012 7:30:56 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Copenhagen Smile

>> “And why does a DR inmate get appliances in his cell?” <<

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So that they can do the honorable thing?


32 posted on 05/30/2012 8:25:41 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: AmonAmarth

Sentencing someone to die then not carrying out the sentence for 20-25 years is cruel and unusual punishment.

All appeals should be exhausted within 6-12 months, max.


33 posted on 05/30/2012 8:42:57 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (they all stink)
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