THIS POST ISN'T IN FAVOR OF GUN CONTROL
I just saw in the news where Jerry Hessler died of a heart attack
. Mr. Hessler was on Death Row for mutliple murders. He never made the national news, but I think he's worth a mention.
Hessler was one of those sullen loners that never did anything right. Years before he had dated a woman named Judy. She had broken off the relationship and married another man named Doug Stanton. Hessler blamed them for everything that went wrong in his life and had stalked them. There were restraining orders, but Mr. Stanton decided that a peice of paper wouldn't stop Hessler if things came to a boil. He favored 1911 .45's
, and for some reason he bought two. Then he practiced practiced practiced. He drilled his family to take cover on command. All good ideas.
Hessler went nutbag after being fired from his job due to sexual harrassment directed against several women that he worked with. On Nov. 19, 1995 Hessler drove to the home of Tracey Stevens, one of the women he had been harassing at work. When she answered the knock at the door he shot her. The bullet had to travel through her infant daughter, whom Tracey was holding at the time. Neither survived.
Hessler then killed her husband, Brian, and shot and wounded two other people. Hessler had left two five-gallon cans of gas on the back porch, but the shots had caused the neighbors to come out of their homes to see what the noise was about. He decided to leave without setting the house on fire. He also left a list of intended victims with the gas.
After murdering the Stevens family, he drove to his former supervisor's house and shot him. The supervisor survived the attack by grabbing a lever action .30-30 from under his bed
, chambering a round and firing in the ceiling. Hessler fled but his victim was permanently disabled.
Hessler then drove to the home Thane Griffin, the father of a woman who had once rejected him, and killed him as well. Then it was time for the Stantons.
The police had found the list that Hessler had left at the Stevens' home. They had called several of the people on the list, giving warning. The Stantons were moving through the kitchen towards the back door and their car when Hessler walked up the porch steps. He kicked open the door and the fight was on, a gun battle at 10 feet.
Hessler was armed with a Browning Hi-Power
, and he fired 11 rounds. Mr. Stanton sprayed-and-prayed six rounds until he settled down some. His seventh and last round struck Hessler right in the center of his chest.
Hessler had been planning this for some time. He had bought a bullet proof vest
, but the hammer blow from the .45 impacting right over his heart convinced him that the fight was over. By the time Stanton manged to figure out that his handgun had run dry and switch to the spare, Hessler had run away. He was taken into custody by police without firing another shot about three blocks away.
During his trial Hessler was seen to be writing something on the wall of his holding cell. It read "I killed four people. If I get the death penalty then the state can only kill me. I win."
That same heart that was under Stanton's chest shot finally gave out. Seven years of brooding in his cell took it's toll. I'm very relived that he can't hurt anyone ever again. It might be morally wrong to rejoice in the death of any person, but I can't help but feel that it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
I don't know why this wasn't picked up by the national media like Columbine or Pearl High School. There were plenty of murdered victims, desperate and swift action by law enforcement, a crazed killer, and a free man defending his family with a legal handgun......