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    Serial killer Danny Rolling executed in Florida

    Serial killer Danny Rolling executed in Florida
    Man murdered five college students, terrorizing Gainesville in 1990
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    Updated: 7:37 p.m. ET Oct 25, 2006
    STARKE, Fla. - Danny Harold Rolling, Florida’s most notorious serial killer since Ted Bundy, was executed by injection Wednesday for butchering five college students in a ghastly string of slayings that terrorized Gainesville in 1990.

    Rolling, 52, was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m. EDT, more than 16 years after his killing rampage at the start of the University of Florida’s fall semester.

    The bodies of his victims were found over three days in late August, just as the University of Florida’s fall semester was beginning. All had been killed with a hunting knife. Some had been mutilated, sexually assaulted and put in shocking poses. One girl’s severed head had been placed on a shelf, her body posed as if seated.

    The killing spree touched off a huge manhunt and plunged the laid-back college town into panic. Students fled, and residents armed themselves.

    Belongings that Rolling left at a campsite in the woods and DNA taken after a later arrest for robbery linked him to the slayings. When he came up for trial in 1994, he shocked the courtroom by pleading guilty.

    “There are some things you just can’t run from, this being one of those,” Rolling told the judge.

    He later told The Associated Press: “I do deserve to die, but do I want to die? No. I want to live. Life is difficult to give up.”

    Outside the prison, death penalty opponents stood in a circle singing “Amazing Grace” after Rolling was pronounced dead.

    ‘They’re doing a good thing’
    Other onlookers supported the execution. “They’re doing a good thing,” said Randy Hicks, 35, a truck driver and former prison guard who occasionally watched over Rolling. “This guy deserves it. It’s very overdue.”

    Death penalty protesters said the execution only served to provide Rolling additional attention.

    “The state of Florida is giving this psychopathic killer just what he wanted,” said Mark Elliott of Clearwater, spokesman for Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.


    The attention surrounding Rolling’s execution reopened old wounds in Gainesville and for the families of the victims.

    “This is a tough thing, but is a necessary thing to go through,” said Dianna Hoyt, whose stepdaughter was killed by Rolling and decapitated. “It is very hard for us to see someone else die. But he deserves it.”


    The victims’ families ran an advertisement Thursday in The Gainesville Sun thanking the community for its support: “We hope you will remember August 1990 and the years that followed without any sense of community shame for what has happened here. You turned a blemish into a rose.”

    Calm, cooperative to the end
    Rolling was calm and cooperative ahead of the execution, Corrections Department spokesman Robby Cunningham said. He spent several hours with his brother Kevin and his brother’s pastor, officials said.

    The gathering on a barren cow pasture across from the prison was reminiscent of the crowds that gathered for Bundy’s execution on Jan. 24, 1989, in the state’s old electric chair. Bundy was suspected in the deaths and disappearances of 36 women across the country.

    Bundy died in the same death chamber. The case was still fresh in the minds of many when Rolling’s killings began the following year in roughly the same area as some of Bundy’s crimes.

    Rolling, a police officer’s son from Shreveport, La., arrived in Gainesville on a Greyhound bus, pitched a tent in the woods near campus and set out to become, as he would say later, a “superstar” among criminals.

    Police stymied for months
    The bodies of Sonja Larson, 18, and Christina Powell, 17, were found stabbed to death in a townhouse just off the University of Florida campus. Christa Hoyt, 18, was found decapitated the next morning in her isolated duplex. Tracy Paules and Manny Taboada, both 23, were discovered dead a day later in the apartment they shared.

    For months, a task force of local, state and federal agents followed hundreds of leads and took blood samples from dozens of men. They did not know that Rolling was already behind bars for robbing a grocery store.

    Then authorities in Shreveport, investigating a triple slaying that they believe Rolling committed, suggested police check out the drifter and ex-con.

    Rolling blamed the murders on abuse he suffered as a child and his treatment in prison, and claimed he had good and bad multiple personalities.

    But in a letter to The Associated Press in 2002, Rolling wrote: “I assure you I am not a salivating ogre. Granted ... time’s past; the dark era of long ago — Dr. Jeckle & Mr. Hyde did strike up & down the corridors of insanety.”

    He said he killed one person for every year he was behind bars. He served a total of eight years in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi before the killings.

    Rolling was the 63rd inmate to be put to death since Florida resumed executions in 1979 and the third this year.


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    Is it wrong of me to hope that he was one of those who suffered as the injection kicked in?
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    A last meal of Lobster, shrimp, and cheesecake. WTF...
    RIP Sarah Noll~11-8-87 to 4-17-08

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace View Post
    A last meal of Lobster, shrimp, and cheesecake. WTF...
    His menu choices should have been:

    a) Day old Balogna w/ cheese sammich
    b) 3 Day old Cheese only sammich
    c) Unknown aged, half eaten Peanut butter sammich
    d) Or today's feature, the "Mo-fo can die hungry" combo, served platter style

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Warrior View Post
    His menu choices should have been:

    a) Day old Balogna w/ cheese sammich
    b) 3 Day old Cheese only sammich
    c) Unknown aged, half eaten Peanut butter sammich
    d) Or today's feature, the "Mo-fo can die hungry" combo, served platter style
    lol, or he could have his choice between palmetto bugs and bananna spiders, whichever one he could catch first...
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    At some point in history the USA moved from hangings and such to this touchy feely crap!! Let's all thank the liberal lawyers for this shit.
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    Not to be cranky, but the tradition of a "last meal" for a condemned person is very old. The media turned it into a big deal.

    He was restricted to choosing something that could be prepared on the premiss, nothing that had to brought in from outside.
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    I still personally like stonings.

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    The real unfortunate part is that it took 16 years for his justice to be served.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicat777 View Post
    The real unfortunate part is that it took 16 years for his justice to be served.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vicat777 View Post
    The real unfortunate part is that it took 16 years for his justice to be served.
    Yeah, I agree.

    I would like to see death penalty cases tried by tribunal. A panel of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys.

    Every issue addressed, every "i" dotted, every "t" crossed. No multiple appeals for every manufactured misstep. Just straight to life in prison, or lethal injection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Growler View Post
    I still personally like stonings.
    Be nice, that’s cruel; how about Le Guillotine?

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    Personally, I like the idea of the appeal being heard right after the gavel falls. You have two judges. One who tries the case, the other just listens. If he agrees that the trail was fair and the state proves it's case, then he can basically say, "Appeal Denied." The baliff can then drag their sorry ass into the center of the courtroom and put one behind their ear. Just hose down the floor and you're ready to dispence some more justice.


    But I'm guessing that would be just a bit un- PC.
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    He is training with minimum food or water, in austere conditions, day and night.
    The only thing clean on him is his weapon.
    He doesn't worry about what workout to do---his rucksack weighs what it weighs, and he runs until the enemy stops chasing him.
    The True Believer doesn't care "how hard it is"; he knows he either wins or he dies.
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