"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

                                           
President Abraham Lincoln



 I only met kindergarten teacher Bonnie Stendal one time and that was an evening she and Superintendent Harry Ketman were at a Fall River Lions Club lady’s night. She and Harry were happy.

My daughter was almost out of high school and, as a reporter- photographer I didn’t have a lot of contact with the teachers at Burney Elementary at that time. The next time I saw her, she was partially clad in a night gown, being brought up, carried up the side of the hill above Lake Britton where her killer had dumped her lifeless body. The body, as I remember it was in a bed spread her body had been wrapped in, now carried by four or five men. No one was smiling that afternoon.

Bonnie’s breast had been carved with a pocket knife and bit viciously. She had been raped before her killer or killers strangled her. That was in April 1982.

Investigators going through her bedroom found the inspirational booklet she’d been reading the night when the house was broken into. It was under her bed. A local 20-year-old, Bill Proctor, a former paper boy of ours, freshly out of the Youth Facility in Redding for other crimes, had left his bloody palm print on it.

Justice Court Judge Larry Frumes presided over the preliminary hearing, Superior Court Judge Bill Phelps presided over the trial, local resident Jeannie Barber sat on the jury.

Proctor was found guilty and sentenced to die. Legal wrangling got him a second sentencing hearing which also ended up giving him the death penalty.

He has been on death row in San Quentin for 35 years while a highly paid state-hired attorney went over and over the case word by word and retiring, turned it over to his soon to become highly paid daughter who did the same thing. I talked to the attorney a few times, he was trying to gain sympathy because of Bill’s childhood which left something to be desired.

The case languished in the court system for 20+ years before the appeal was denied, sending it to the Federal Court which still has it.  Proctor, now probably 55 or 56 is still there.

I spent a morning reading the “horror stories” about how these poor inmates are held in jail with only a few times a week out of their cells in a small exercise yard and fed food that most people would turn their nose up at home.

Senator Jim Nielsen served on the California Board of Prison Terms, from 1990 to 2007. Immediately following Governor Newsom’s “moratorium on the death sentences of 737 murders on death row last week he said: “Victims who survive the horrific murder of child or a parent or a spouse suffer a pain that never completely goes away. When the murderer is convicted and sentenced to death, family members experience a basic sense of justice.

“Governor Newsom callously disregards the anguish of these families and rips from them any sense of justice, victimizing them all over again.

“The Governor’s action today brings back the pain and agony they have been forced to endure.

 “This executive order is an affront to our system of justice.

“A jury convicted these violent criminals. In some trials, 12 people spent weeks, sometimes months, of their lives reviewing witness testimony, physical and DNA evidence, and before determining beyond a reasonable doubt that these murderers committed the most heinous acts against other human beings.”

From another perspective, I wrote Proctor in an effort to get an interview in the 1980’s.

He said in the letter that he’d outlive me and by the way he asked in what I felt was a veiled threat, asked how my daughter was.

I agree with Nielsen when he says, “California voters have spoken loudly and clearly, as recently as 2016, that the death penalty serves as a legal and appropriate punishment for those who commit vicious, evil crimes. Special circumstances are always of the most vicious and cruel acts one human can inflict upon another.

“The Governor has the authority to delay the implementation of the law but his action is eroding faith of California voters in our democracy and our system of justice.”

The Original Night Stalker, also known as the East Area Rapist, is awaiting trial for the torture, rape and murder of an estimated 63 people. These calculated crimes were so heinous that he could face the death sentence, if convicted by a jury of his peers. If convicted during Governor Newsom’s term, justice would not be served for these victims and their families.”

Those poor, badly treated death row inmates are there because they killed someone, and, as pointed out have been proven guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. They are there for years and years because bleeding heart liberals and those who live in la la land who say that it is okay to kill rabid animals. Did they find a “humane” way to kill their victims. You’ve gotta be kidding. Why should we be so worried about this so called “cruel and unusual punishment?” Whatever happened to “An eye for an eye...”

They are rabid human animals who are worse than any mad dog in existence and they should not be put up in the Hilton and fed at I-Hop or Dennys while they spend years and years and years in prison so someone might come up with a reason not to kill them. Give me a break!

 




I guess I am getting old and forgetful or the fact that I have had my granddaughter here made me forget my other responsibilities. I completely forgot to do my column until I had an email from Walt asking where it is!

When given the choice to do my normal everyday things or play with Lucy, playing with Lucy wins hands down!

So here I am writing Blue Skies at the very last possible minute and apologizing to Walt like crazy!

Honestly, I am sorry (but not really!)

 Having a weekend with my kids and granddaughter has filled my heart to the brim.

Even if there were not these beautiful Blue Skies outside, I think I would still be seeing nothing but sunshine and happiness.

 When I woke up on Saturday morning with the kids in their rooms and Lucy on my lap, I don’t think I can express exactly how happy that made me.

There is simply nothing better in life than family; my children and granddaughter are true gifts!

With that, I will wish you all an amazing week and I am going to spend the rest of the time I have emoting these blessings!

 
Thank You
The family of Liz Crum would like to thank this wonderful community for the outpouring of love and sorrow during this last year of Mom’s life.

We would also like to thank the doctors and staff of Mayers Memorial Hospital and the Burney Annex for the exemplory care Mom received, your dedication made a fifficult situation far easier to handle.

A heartfelt thank you to the LDS Church for the beautiful service held for Mom. also for all the help with the lunchion after. Mom would have loved her send off.

A cold, blustry graveside service wasmade tolerable by the care of the employees at the Fall River Cemetery.

Thank you. Once again
 Donald Flynn Carry Turner and family
Alice Brewster and family
Jody Brown and family

 


Thank You

Thank you everyone.

 The family of Howard Harris would like to thank everyone for the cards, prayers, food and donations in Howard’s name.

We also thank Grace Community Church and the Soroptimist Club of Burney-Fall River for furnishing the food for the reception.

Pastor Henry Winkleman conducted a wonderful service.

A special thanks to Penny and Henry Winkelman for always being there for us.

Lola Harris Carie and Davis Harris
Todd Harris and Donna Goodell Brian and
Leigh Anne Harris
Tim Kersten

 


Totally Disgusted
I agree with your article and just had to let you know it!! I’m totally disgusted, Monday evening I got a ticket, a cell phone ticket!! On the ticket it reads the location as Hwy 299 & Roff. I was pulled over across from Gephettos. My frustration is in the fact that the officer assumed I was on my cell phone because (his words were) “[I] was looking down too long”!! At no time from the point that I left McDonald’s until the traffic light in front of Dollar General was I on my cell phone!! I had just bought a soda, was putting the straw in, also opened a snack size bag of chips, and broke a finger nail!!! By the time I was at the light, the light was red and then I picked up my phone, but as soon as it turned green I chucked it into the passenger seat. This is when he pulled me over. Then he proceeded to tell me not to worry that it wouldn’t go to DMV and it wouldn’t affect my insurance, but “oh ya, of course there’s going to be a fine”…..

If they would put that much effort into “harassing” the thugs on the streets, in the woods, stealing from Safeway, doing drugs next to Dollar General, robbing people in JP, dealing drugs…. ya, I think Burney would be a nicer place again.

The problem with harassing those people is – there’s no money in it. They are getting the money from us by assuming we are going to do something that warrant giving tickets. Must be quota season…… Destiny Taveras

 


Thank You
We are humbled by the response of the community and all the local and district services that came in to look for Lyn, and those who provided food, so we would eat. It was amazing. We are grateful to have had you all here. Know you made a difference. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.
The Lyn Palmer Family.

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