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December 11, 2007

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Colt

The Menendez brothers at least tried the "I was abused" defense.
These kids make a good argument for filicide. In the old days, had they been found to be different. Misshapen or malformed, they would have been taken out and left in the wilderness. Or worse.
What could these parents have done to deserve to be murdered?
At least the husband got a hold of one. The clump of hair he snagged , lead to the killers.
They all should be on death row. Not just one.

Lisa

I don't understand why only the girlfriend ended up with a death sentence. I personally don't agree with the death penalty and can't imagine a time when I would vote for it while on a jury, but this makes no sense! Why would the son only get life?

Phil

If I'm not mistaken, this couple also had a daughter... no mention here of how it destroyed her life! Sad!

ss

They had an older daughter and a toddler granddaughter. The daughter was as sweet and caring as anyone ever could be. Now she's... different. Still love that girl, though!

Paul

This is one of the reasons we have the death penalty. The conviction of the son and his girlfriend was made easier because of the testimony of the friend. I'm sure she had to chose between life in prison (unknown if the possibilty of parole) or the death penalty, which she was surely a lock for to expect! I personally believe they all should be on death row!!

Colt

Lisa, keep that thought about the death penalty, it will keep you off juries. As for you can't imagine. Imagine it's your parents, your kid, your friend.
I have been close to a death penalty case. It was not my direct relative that was the victim , but I did know her and her family. The guy got off on the insanity defense. Very hard to do, you have to prove you didn't know what you were doing was wrong. So the fact that he waited for the cops to show up, and didn't try to hide the body, or escape,proved to the jury that he didn't know what he was doing. He got off.
He did some time at Rusk, and some years later was released.
She was 13.

no name please

Sometimes, a jury may feel that a life sentence is a fate worse than death. Chelsea's sentence was, in part, to keep her from continuing the manipulative behavior she had exhibited before and during the trial. Being on death row minimizes her contact with other prisoners. On the other hand, Andrew was sentenced to have to face an horrific day-to-world of anything BUT the priviledged life in which he grew up. And as for those whose lives were altered..the list goes on and on. Of course their daughter and grandaughter. But there were also parents, brothers and sisters, brother and sister-in-laws, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, associates, neighbors. So many lives forever changed. My heart aches for Chelsea's family, Susana's, and Horio's. No family plans this. No family deserves this. It never goes away!

KATE

CHELSA RICHARDSON GOT WHAT SHE DESERVED,SHE TRUELY HAS NO SOUL,PURE EVIL,THE OTHERCO-DEFENDANT'S ARE JUST AS GUILTY AND SHOULD HAVE RECIEVED THE SAME PUNISHMENT.AN EYE FOR AND EYE.IF YOUR GONNA PLAY THAT GAME,THEN DON'T BE A COWARD,AND WHINE YOUR WAY OUT OF THE SITUATION BECAUSE YOU GOT CAUGHT.IT WAS ALL OF ABOUT GREED,AND LOOK WHERE IT GOT THEM??? WHAT ABOUT ANDREWS PARENT'S,FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO LIVE WITH THE PAIN CHELSA,ANDREW,ANS SUSANA CAUSED THEM??

ddf

wamsley and toledano were lucky

Feleena

The girlfriend chelsea is my sister. i know she didnt do it. dose anyone know of a way i can get a hold of her mother to talk to her?

James

@Feleena, if she's your sister, why try to get a hold of her mum, isn't she your mum also? (And yes I spell mum that way, because I'm in Australia)

Heidi

@ James, they could have different mothers and the same father and still be sisters.

As for a few of the earlier posts:
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind!
My brother was murdered and after his killer was profiled on America's Most Wanted he was sentened to 35 years (which satisfies me because he would be in 70's before being released). I was a firm believer in the death penalty before this happened to my brother. I now know that him being executed would not make me feel happy or relieved. I watched this man's mother and brother come to our family to apologize for what he had done to us but they were still there to support him through his trial and cared about him. Ironically I had to care for his ailing aunt who had a picture of him in her room (I never let her know who I was and she was a lovely woman) His death would have caused these people much more grief and wouldn't have fixed our family. I know other victims may not feel like I do and that is okay too, everyone is different and heals in different ways.

John

To answer Lisa: Chelsea was put on Death row because she was the "brains" of the plot. She manipluate the other two. If she can arrange it once, she can repeat this if she ever got out of jail. She put the Andrew up to it to get to his parent's money (their estate was worth millions). The original plan was to kill the daughter (Andrew's sister) too so they wouldn't have to share the inheritance

Alix

I went to school with Suzie and Rick.
Their murders affected not only the town of Mansfield, TX, but also the small town in Oklahoma where they grew up, and the many friends they had there.

malikascruggs

This is a very sad story I ask myself what goes thru a human mind to do such a thing rather it be a stranger or friend, no one should ever have to indore such pain for we all have someone that loves us, and may GOD HAVE NO MERCY ON THEY SOUL!!! AND MAY THE VICTIMS FOREVER REST IN PEACE.......

Lisa Musumeci

This is a very sad story, you are right. Unfortunately it haopens all too many times, and God should have no mercy on such wastes. They deserve what they got, and I'm sure they'll get theirs in prison. Such young lives thrown away on greed, not only did they get none of the money, they received time instead!!

Lisa

This is a very sad story, unfortunately it happens all to often. Those people deserve what they got, life in prison amongst others like them. They thought they were so slick, ruined peopkes lives for their oen greed, and nothing to show for it but life and death row, useless! I hope prison is a horrible place for all of those individuals!

Vicki

6/28/12 -

Just saw Rick Wamsley's father (who was my former supervisor) and when asking about his children he told me about Rick. I am sooooooooo sad that this happened to such a great person and family. I didn't know......I didn't know......wow! Still unbeleavable. My prayers are with both families of Rick and Suzanne - - PRAYERS TO HEAVEN ABOVE FOR EVERYONE TO SOMEHOW FIND STRENGTH AND A WAY TO FIND YOUR PLACE TO ALLOW YOURSELF TO LIVE ON WITH THE GOOD MEMORIES OF YOUR LOVED ONES.......Vicki in Oklahoma.

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