Sunday, December 7, 2008

Website of a Murderer


Internet Scam
by Robert A. Waters

Like the age-old Internet Nigerian scam, it amazes me that anyone could fall for the messages posted on the anti-death penalty websites of death row inmates. Most are so far from the realm of reality that it makes one question the mental health of those lost souls who take these sites seriously. Take, for example, this ad from an inmate convicted of murdering two innocent teenagers.

For many years, the Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty (CCADP) has maintained a website for Randall Scott Jones. Here’s a sampling: “Looking for a friend, any age, male or female, who can look through these bars and see me for who I really am.” Now that’s a loaded statement—-could it be that the person looking through the bars sees a cold-blooded double-murderer?

There’s more. Switching to the third person, Jones writes, “Randy has been described as a ‘bright, caring person,’ who ‘never had a chance.’” He then describes his horrible upbringing and states that his cries for help went “mostly unheeded.” While Jones may have had a lousy childhood, so have millions and millions of others who lived successful lives and never murdered anyone.

“Later that year, Randy went into the US Army as an ear, nose, and throat specialist.” An ear, nose, and throat specialist? Isn’t that a doctor? That is, a physician? Someone who has spent a decade in med school and a few more years in specialized training?

No matter. Jones didn’t last that long in the military. According to his webpage, he was “honorably discharged based on less than satisfactory performance.” Seems he kept oversleeping because he was depressed.

According to court documents, on the night of July 26, 1987, Jones and Chris Reesh were carrying a 30-30 caliber rifle that Jones had stolen from his girl-friend’s father. On that night, they were taking target practice at the Rodman Dam recreation area near Palatka, Florida. When Jones’ truck became stuck in the sand, they walked to a Chevrolet pickup where teenagers Matthew Paul Brock and Kelly Lynn Perry were sleeping in the cab. What followed were two cruel, heartless murders and a perverted sexual assault.

A few weeks later, Jones and Reesh were arrested in Mississippi. Jones was driving the stolen truck belonging to murder victim Matthew Brock. Items from Perry and Brock were found in Jones’ room. He confessed to killing the couple.

An article in the online magazine Forensic Science by Hal Tam reads: “Without waking the couple in the pickup, Jones shot both Perry and Brock in the head at close range. He and Reesh then dragged the bodies into the woods nearby. They towed Jones’ truck from the sand with Brock’s pickup and left with both trucks. Later Jones returned to the crime scene, moved the bodies further into the woods, and raped Perry.”

Semen taken from Perry's body was tested for DNA and matched that of Jones. The jury took only fifteen minutes to find him guilty. Jurors recommended that he be executed, the first time DNA was used in a death penalty case.

For twenty years, Jones has fought his sentence.

For twenty years, his victims have not achieved the justice they deserve.

While there are legitimate reasons to oppose the death penalty just as there are legitimate reasons to favor execution, websites such as Jones’ diminish the victims (who are never mentioned) and cast doubt on CCADP as an advocacy group.

11 comments:

Cari said...

You know, I've tried to email those people that run that website and it gets kicked back. Those prisoner profiles are so misleading. It just makes me so angry. I can understand people not wanting the death penalty in cases where there are some issues -- eyewitnesses can be unreliable, cops can be dirty, evidence can be contrived -- but I have no problems with monsters like this getting what they deserve. They don't need to be on the planet to possibly be able to kill again. Just my $.02.

Cari

A Voice of Sanity said...

Considering the appalling record of the US in convicting the innocent and the absolute refusal to revisit the penalty, along with the substantial evidence of corruption both in the ranks of the police and prosecutors it is better to err on the side of presumed possible innocence. CCADP doesn't seek to retry these cases. The state has had its day and their decision has been made. CCADP merely supports their humanity and their rights in America's horrific prisons.

Alex said...

The death penalty exists for people exactly like "Randy". He should be dealt the same rights that he afforded those two victims. Furthermore Im suprised that he is still alive. He has been allowed to breathe long enough.

blueboy said...

My friends aunt was his victim. My friend and her family are still suffering from his horrific crime. What is atrocious is that it has taken 23 years and he still breaths. Give the victims justice and execute the sentence he deserves for the crime he has committed!

blueboy said...

My friends aunt was his victim. My friend and her family are still suffering from his horrific crime. What is atrocious is that it has taken 23 years and he still breaths. Give the victims justice and execute the sentence he deserves for the crime he has committed!

ted lasky said...

The victim's family job is to be outraged and scream for justice.

However, it's the state's job to be moderate and work intelligently to mollify requests by the public and victim's family.

Therefore, there should be NO death penalty. The state should not lead by an example which let's there be a 'reason' for killing a human being.

ted lasky said...

It's the job of the victim's family to cry-out for justice.

However, it's the state's job to mollify the demand for justice, and make sure sentences are 'just.' Therefore, it's insane for any government to lead by the example that there are legitimate reasons for killing their own citizens.

Amanda Smith said...

These bastards grew up with our family in Green Cove Springs, Florida. They BOTH KNEW WHO MY UNCLE PAUL WAS N STILL DO. MY UNCLE PAUL AND CRICKET DO NOT GET TO WATCH LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, BOTH THOSE BASTARDS ARE LIVING LIFE FREE ON OUR MONEY. I HAVE LIVED WITH MY UNCLE'S MURDER ALL THESES YEARS,N YET THOSE BASTARDS ARE BREATHING. WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENED? SO I CAN GO KILL SOMEONE COLD BLOODLY N GET FREE FOOD,AIR CONDITION. HEAT,SHOWER,CLOTHING $,N ACCESS TO U THE OUTSIDE WORLD ANYTIME I WANT? GOVERNMENT SUCKS!!!!!

Terry said...

I think he should have been killed twenty five years ago he sure had time to walk away come back kill my sister leave her in the wood leave the area come back with her brains blowed out and rape her i dont give a damn how he was brought up i think he should be with the devil tell god how he was brought up and see if that will save his soul BY: Terry Thomas Gore

Rhonda Walker said...

26 years has came and passed and yet he is still alive. My niece has had no Dad for her and no Grandfather for her child. How long is long enough? If he hasn't proved his innocents by now he never will. A needle in the arm is to easy of a way out for him. Hanging, being raped and shot or the electric chair. In cases like this death
should hurt!!! Aunt Rhonda

Denise Jones said...

Carla Brock
I am the daughter of Mathew Paul Brock. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of both victims Paul and Kelley. We have had to deal with so many heart breaking emotions in our life's for the past 28 yrs. Because of the evil actions of Randal Jones and Christopher Reech. I want to say a prayer to ease our pain as we have to deal with a divesting heartache. While Christopher Reech was released in 1989,early release due to over crowding. What kind of JUSTICE is that? Randal is still on death row. He wrote me in 1998 WHY? he took my daddy away from me. He wrote Randal was the messiah and God would release him from prison and Randal will raise my daddy and Kelly after his release. No show of remorse at all. Such a waste of $ to keep him alive; when proven guilty by DNA. All the evidence and a written statement of admission. WOW??????