Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Wrongful Execution of Cameron Todd Willingham

Sign a petition to Governor Rick Perry and the State of Texas to acknowledge that the fire in the Cameron Todd Willingham case was not arson, therefore no crime was committed. Ask for Texas to admit that on February 17, 2004, the state executed an innocent man. Grab the link to the petition for justice and share it with others. Stop the slander against a man who was prosecuted, imprisoned, and executed for the arson murders of his children, but authorities now say there was likely no arson, so no murders. Require Texas to remove the "likely," and admit its mistake, please, so this man's memory will no longer be tarnished as one who committed infanticide.

Share a link for the petition with your friends and groups. Open the link to see pictures from the Willingham family album - Todd with his family before the tragic fire that robbed Todd first of his children, then his own life twelve years later by execution in 2004:

The petition is sponsored by Texas Moratorium Network (TMN), a grassroots, non-profit organization with the primary goal of mobilizing statewide support for a moratorium on executions in Texas. Contact information for TMN is 3616 Far West Blvd, Suite 117, Box 251 Austin, Texas 78731 Phone: Voice Mail: 512.961.6389. Visit the group at this link:

The State of Texas ranks number one in U.S. executions. Todd Willingham was not the first Texan whose execution may have been unwarranted. See a video about another likely case:
The case regards a middle-aged Latino man named Leonel Herrera. He was executed for killing an officer and wounding another in a gunfight in Los Frenos, Texas in 1981. Years later, Herrera's nephew stated that he saw his father, Raul Herrera involved in the shootout, not his Uncle Leonel. See the video below.

It may be hard to imagine, but some people ENJOY executions. I discovered this on the night that Edward Bell was executed in Virginia when I browsed online to see what comments were being posted about it. Edward Bell was a man who suffered from mild retardation. He maintained his innocence until his last breath. The link below is to an article I wrote in part to share news of the callous attitudes many people exhibited online the night Bell was executed. A decreasing number of Americans believe that some crimes are so heinous that executions are warranted, but it is sociopathic to actually enjoy capital punishment. If the purpose of executions is primarily entertainment like gladiator sports in ancient Rome, cable TV is much cheaper entertainment. It would save approximately $90,000 per year per condemned inmate for taxpayers who are bored Southerners (most executions are done in the South).

Please visit this article and watch the prison torture videos. Capital punishment supporters may agree after seeing the films that life in prison without parole is enough punishment for even the worst crimes. Despite what the public is made to believe, prison is no health spa:

Killing Inmates is Costly - Cheaper to Watch TV, with TORTURE VIDEOS

Congratulations to Texas for allowing the fact that a mistake was likely made regarding Todd's execution to go forward in the media. Authorities in some states are so intent on hiding the truth about mistakes and human rights abuses that the news would never have reached the public. There is a complete media blackout regarding the secret arrest and wrongful death of my mentally and physically handicapped brother, Larry Neal, who was arrested in Memphis Shelby County Jail in July 2003. His remains were returned in a body bag almost three weeks later. While Larry was hidden in jail with police denying his incarceration, he suffered and died without his prescription heart drugs, if not from much worse causes.

Mine is the only American family in the 21st century to have a member secretly arrested, killed, and his family subsequently denied any excuse, arrest records, or accountability by any sources whatsoever. Lynching was fairly common in the 1940's for African American men, particularly in the South. But Larry's death and cover-up proves black people have definitely not overcome as a race, and America has not overcome as a nation that upholds equal justice.

Please complete your commendable steps toward open disclosure, Texas, and admit now that Todd was not a murderer; admit that he did not set fire to his home to kill his innocent little ones. God will bless you for your honesty and decency in this matter.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Exodus 20:16

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