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May 27, 2012

"2 South Dakota brothers, 1 fate: Siblings go to execution chamber for separate crimes"

The title of this post is the headline of this (sad? instructive?) AP article.  Here are excerpts for the start of the piece:

Rodney Berget lives in a single cell on South Dakota’s death row, rarely leaving the tiny room where he awaits execution for bludgeoning a prison guard to death with a pipe during an attempted escape.

For Berget’s immediate family, his fate is somewhat familiar. He is the second member of the clan to be sentenced to death.  His older brother was convicted in 1987 of killing a man for his car. Roger Berget spent 13 years on Oklahoma’s death row until his execution in 2000 at age 39....

The Bergets are not the first pair of siblings to be condemned. Record books reveal at least three cases of brothers who conspired to commit crimes and both got the death penalty. But these two stand out because their crimes were separated by more than 600 miles and 25 years....

The siblings’ journey from the poverty of their South Dakota childhood to stormy, crime-ridden adult lives shows the far-reaching effects of a damaged upbringing — and the years of havoc wrought by two men who developed what the courts called a wanton disregard for human life.

Rodney Berget is scheduled to die later this year, potentially ending the odyssey that began when the two boys were born into a family that already had four kids.  A former prison principal described Rodney as a “throwaway kid” who never had a chance at a productive life.  A lawyer for Roger recalled him as an “ugly duckling” with little family support.

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Under 123D, they would have been executed in their teens, before they could have killed others. There are likely many more murder victims that are unknown. Once convicted, the brothers should have spent their time on death row being waterboarded to solve all their crimes.

Those protecting the ultra-violent predator must take responsibility for the murders, as much as the murderers themselves. Direct action teams of family members who have lost loved ones to these murderers should bring the violence home to the government officials that protect the murderers but not the public. Beat their asses. Hooded night riders can give them 50 lashes.

Most of the murderer collaborators are Democrats who want to preserve the criminal to generate massive government make work jobs. Their motive is in bad faith, and serves a commercial interest. So we are not using violence against people with whom we disagree, but against those who would steal from the taxpayer.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 27, 2012 4:20:48 PM

Supporting having "hooded night riders" going around beating people, mr. claus?

I knew it was only a matter of time before you went the full Ku Klux on us.

Erika :)

Posted by: Erika | May 29, 2012 10:16:12 AM

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