The Execution of Wanda Jean
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Capital punishment is one of those polarizing topics that few have no opinion on. Since others here have expressed their views, so will I.
I believe in the death penalty and that "an eye for an eye" is an instruction to men and not the province solely of the Almighty. I also believe in "Instant Karma," meaning the wrongs a person does in THIS life will be paid for in THIS life, and sooner than one would imagine. In the case of Miss Allen, that karma took over a decade but it finally got her, and justifiably.
A deciding factor to my mind that Wanda Jean Allen earned an execution day is the overwhelming evidence of premeditation. Besides a similar prior murder, a greeting card that Wanda gave the victim contained in her own hand, "If you try to leave me, I'll kill you." It matters not if this is the threat of a genius or someone with just enough intelligence to hold down a medical-related job, as was the case with Miss Allen. Her prediction became tragic reality after a chase that ended at a police station parking lot. Gloria Leathers was sent to an early grave by a point-blank bullet to the belly, and Wanda Jean's fate was sealed by her own hand.
It's crazy, how someone can be sentenced to death for murder in the 1st degree, or premeditated murder......but isn't the death penalty premeditated murder? Death Row inmates know down to the hour when they will die. I do not support the Death Penalty. The families of the victims still hurt. The victim is still gone. And after the inmate is put to sleep right before that fatal moment, they feel no pain and no remorse. Their suffering is over. They don't have to remember their victims.
I can remember a story where a young man killed someone's daughter by accident. The family took out a judgment to request that he send 1.00 to the family every week until the girl's would have been 18th birthday. That was not about the money.....it was about making that young man REMEMBER this young girl. That hurts more than taking a life away...making you constantly remember a life that YOU took away.
I believe in GOD. That is the problem with the government, is that they try to play GOD. At the end of the day, GOD is not going to look at their action any different then HE would Wanda Jean Allen......She murdered someone, and so did the person that put the needle in her vein.
Wanda Jean Allen was not only a double murderer, she was a disgrace to the system and prosecutors who gave her a plea bargain in the first case. I believe to an extent that she was executed to appease the public, many of whom had a hard time with the fact that she only served two years for her first murder. The system was just as reposnsible for Gloria's death as Wanda Jean was. But, someone had to pay, and that someone was Wanda Jean.
Her upbringing was poor to say the least. Viewers have no problem believing she had a terribly low IQ. Personally, I feel that from watching this documentary, the whole family had low IQs and mental problems. However, this does not justify murder. I felt no sorrow for her when she was executed. Perhaps that's because this documentary never succeeded in making me totally sympathetic to her plight. I felt more sorrow for her first victim, but not her second. The second victim got involved with her knowing what she had done to be incarcerated. Did Gloria think this violent woman would not kill her some day? I did feel intense sorrow for Gloria's mother. No parent should have to see their child gunned down in cold blood right in front of their very eyes.
So many questions remain: Did she really deserve to die? Was she truly sorry before her death? Had she truly found Christ? Would she have killed again if spared the death penalty and granted parole at 65 years old? We will never know.
But, one thing is for sure...her debt to society is now paid in full.
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the best so far ive seen they need to make this into a movie or even made for tv moviePublished on January 13, 2014 by robert
Very good. Saw this film on HBO years ago. Interesting how Wanda's life to death was shown during the film.Published on December 25, 2012 by A Moore
Good story that has a good but sad ending. But the law is the law. However if she was white would it been different?Published on December 6, 2012 by DonDon