29 Pro Death Penalty Quotes by Prison Inmates' Families

Ms Bellfield added that she did not believe a prison sentence was a tough enough penalty for his crimes.

'Gemma, I think you were right when you said "a life for a life". Being locked up is not enough of a punishment for what he has done,' she added.

The sentiments were echoed by the killer's former girlfriend Johanna Collings.

She told the News of the World: 'He's a sick, serial murderer who should hang. And I'd do anything to be on the gallows to make that happen.' [Sunday 26 June 2011]

Bobbie Bellfield is the daughter of Levi Bellfield (born 17 May 1968) is a British serial killer. He is a former nightclub bouncer and manager of a car clamping business who was convicted on 25 February 2008 of murdering Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange. He was also convicted of the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy. On 23 June 2011, Bellfield was found guilty of the murder of Milly Dowler.

The idea of rehabilitating murderers is bull. This man must hang. (Why Leigh Robinson should die by Daniel Robinson Thursday 1 October 2009)

Leigh Robinson's stepson, Daniel, joined the call by declaring Robinson should hang. "He's done it before and he'll do it again. There is no delicate way of saying this," Daniel said.

"This man must hang. He must not ever be given the chance of getting out into society again, simply because he will kill if he is ever granted his freedom." (Why Leigh Robinson should die by Daniel Robinson Thursday 1 October 2009)

But how do we define justice?

Convicted killers, like convicted sex offenders, must bear the brunt of their crimes. My stepfather must face the consequences of his actions.

He must hang. He must never be given the chance of re-emerging into society and doing the same thing again. (Why Leigh Robinson should die by Daniel Robinson Thursday 1 October 2009)

As far as the issue of guilt goes, it is a clear-cut choice. If there is irrefutable evidence and if there is an eyewitness to a slaying, then there can be no quibbling over a guilty verdict and the killer should get death. On the other hand, if there is the slightest element of doubt, then the due process of the law must dictate what happens. (Why Leigh Robinson should die by Daniel Robinson Thursday 1 October 2009)

He must be hanged, shot or stoned to death for the crimes he has committed. (Why Leigh Robinson should die by Daniel Robinson Thursday 1 October 2009)

Daniel Robinson is the stepson of Leigh Robinson. Leigh Robinson was convicted on Tuesday 21 September 2009 for murdering his girlfriend Tracey Greenbury, 33 in Frankston, Melbourne in Australia. Robinson's latest conviction comes 40 years after he was sentenced to death in 1968 for the stabbing murder of an ex-girlfriend. That sentence was commuted to a 20-year jail term. Originally sentenced to death, Leigh Robinson was spared the hangman's noose by the State Government of the day and served just 20 years in prison. 41 years later, Robinson was again convicted of murder, this time Frankston mother-of-two Tracey Greenbury. Robinson was found guilty of firing his shortened 12-gauge shotgun into the back of Tracey's head on 28 April 2008. She died instantly.

"I'm not asking them to feel sorry for my son. My son's man enough to stand up for what he done and there's very few in this world that does that. But he was honorable enough to stand up and pay the piper for what he did. I wish someone would look at that," Page’s father Kenneth Chapman said on July 11, 2007.

Kenneth Chapman is the father of Elijah Page - Chester Allen Poage was murdered by Elijah Page and two men on 12 March 2000. Elijah Page was executed by lethal injection in South Dakota on 11 July 2007.

Summary: Nixon entered the home of Thomas and Virginia Tucker with two accomplices, his son John Nixon Jr, and Gilbert Jimenez. Nixon pulled out a .22 caliber pistol and said, “I brought y’all something.” Thomas Tucker, who had married his wife six months earlier, immediately guessed that the men had been hired by his wife’s former husband. Thomas offered Nixon money to spare their lives, but Nixon replied, “that’s not what I’m after. The deal’s already been made.” Nixon and one of his associates then shot at Thomas Tucker, who managed to escape despite being hit twice. Nixon then took the gun back from Jimenez, held the gun one inch behind Virginia Tucker’s ear and fired a shot into her head while Jiminez held her down. Nixon and his associates fled. Thomas survived the ordeal and identified Nixon. The man who hired the killers for $1000, Elster Joseph Ponthieux, was also convicted of capital murder and received a life sentence. Nixon's sons Henry Leon Nixon and John B. Nixon Jr. were convicted on lesser charges for their involvement in the murder plot. Jiminez testified against the others and received a 20 year sentence. It took the jury only half an hour to find Nixon guilty, and only one and a half hours to determine the sentence should be death. At age 77, Nixon is the oldest person executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

John Nixon was executed by lethal injection just after 6:00 pm. Some members of Nixon's family witnessed the execution, but one of Nixon's daughters stayed home in Texas. She issued a written statement saying her father's execution "is just and called for. My sympathies go with the remaining family of the victim." Dorothy Nixon-Clark also wrote about her father's "violent outbursts towards anyone in his path."


Dorothy Nixon-Clark whose father, John B. Nixon, Sr. (April 1, 1928 – December 14, 2005) was a convicted murderer. He was convicted of the January 22, 1985 murder-for-hire of Virginia Tucker in Rankin County, Mississippi. Born in the Midnight community of Humphreys County, Mississippi, he was executed in 2005 by the U.S. state of Mississippi. At 77 years old, he was the oldest person executed since 1976 and, according to the Espy File, the oldest person executed since Joe Lee in Virginia at the age of 83 on April 21, 1916.

Prison Warden Ricky Bell asked Holton if he had any last words. He mumbled something inaudibly and Bell asked him to repeat what he said. Holton replied, "Two words: I do." Prison officials then placed a wet sponge and metal plate on Holton's head. During the process, Holton kept his eyes closed. As officials used a towel to wipe away water from the sponge, Holton said, "Don't worry about it."

Holton chose the electric chair over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Under Tennessee law, death row inmates can choose, if their crimes were committed before 1999. Even though the state had not performed an electrocution in nearly 47 years, the execution occurred without any serious delays or mistakes.

A black shroud was placed over Holton's head and a cable was connected to the bottom of the chair. Around 1:16 a.m. CDT, a 20-second shock was administered. Holton's back straightened and his hips moved up out of the chair before he slumped back. After a 15-second pause, Holton was given a second shock that lasted 15 seconds. He was pronounced dead seconds later.

Holton, a Gulf War veteran, had confessed to the 1997 killings, saying he lined up the children at his uncle's auto repair garage and shot them, two at a time. Holton told police that he killed the children because his ex-wife hadn't let him see them for several months and that he had intended to kill his ex-wife and himself but instead turned himself in.

After the execution, a statement was read on behalf of the mother of the children, Crystal Holton: "Today all the anger, hatred and a long time of nightmares can finally leave me. It will be replaced by all the sweet innocent wondrous love that only a child can give. And I am blessed that I have and will always have that love times four."

Crystal Holton is the ex-wife of Daryl Keith Holton (November 23, 1961 – September 12, 2007) was an American convicted child killer, executed by electrocution by the state of Tennessee on September 12, 2007 in Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. Summary: According to the confession of Holton, a Gulf War Veteran, he lined up his 4 children at his uncle's auto repair garage and shot them with an SKS assault rifle, two at a time. It was the first time in several months Holton had seen his children, aged 12, 10, 6 and 4. He told them they were going Christmas shopping, instead stopping at the garage. After the murders, Holton walked into the Shelbyville Police Department and announced what he had done. Responding officers found the bodies of the four small children, along with pipe bombs that Holton said were intended for his wife and her home. There was a long history between the two of domestic and custody disputes.

Friday 3 February 2012 - THE uncle of freed Da Vinci rapist Robert Greens said yesterday: “They should kill him.”

John Greens spoke out as he joined a demo by families furious that the danger man had been housed next to them.

John, 57, said he shared their fears for their young children.

He added: “It’s far too quick for him to be out of prison.

“They should have given him a jag. There wouldn’t be any of this hassle if he’d had a lethal injection.”

John Greens - He is the uncle of Robert Greens. Robert Greens is A.K.A the Da Vinci rapist in Scotland.

And even though this sister lost her brother to an execution, it doesn't change her view on the death penalty.

“I am still for the death penalty all the way,” she said. “I believe when people commit crimes, if they've been proven, they need to be executed right then. You shouldn't have to pay to keep them alive and breathing and eating and enjoying life, I think they should be executed.”

The sister of Keith Eugene Wells (May 11, 1962 - January 6, 1994) was convicted of the murders of John Justad and Brandi Rains. He was executed at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution by the State of Idaho by lethal injection, only one year and nine months after having been sentenced to death. He became the first person to be in Idaho since 1976 when the death penalty was reinstated and only the tenth since Idaho gained statehood. He chose not to appeal the death sentence, although it was appealed on his behalf. The United States Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed against his wishes. In 2006, there were nineteen people on Idaho's death row. He was on parole for armed robbery when he murdered two people on Boise's Rose Pub on December 20, 1990. He was convicted of killing John Justad, 23, and Brandi Rains, 20, with a baseball bat. He stated "it was time for them to die".

"I am here to make sure that my daughters' voices are heard."

"Todd murdered Amber, Karmon and Kameron. He burnt them," she said. "He admitted he burnt them to me, and he was convicted for his crime. That is the closest to justice that my daughters will ever get."

Stacy Kuykendall is the ex-wife of Cameron Todd Willingham (January 9, 1968, Carter County, Oklahoma – February 16, 2004, Huntsville Unit, Huntsville, Texas) was convicted of murder and executed for the deaths of his three young children via arson at the family home in Corsicana, Texas.

She said her son's actions were "unforgivable" and he should pay for them with his own life.

Ms Nixon, 49, also said she had thought Huntley was guilty because she "saw it in his eyes" when he was arrested.

Ms Nixon told the paper: "I truly wish we had capital punishment.”

"I believe Ian should not live after what he's done."

She added: "He's my baby boy and I love him but he deserves to be punished. He deserves to be strung up for what he's done.”

"I wish there was an electric chair in this country that they could put him in and that would be the end of it."

Lynda Nixon is the mother of the 2002 Soham killer, Ian Huntley.

Summary: Hallford had been sexually abusing his daughter since she was 7 years old and became angry that she was dating 16 year old Eddie Shannon. Hallford used his daughter to lure Shannon to a secluded bridge and shot him on April 13, 1986. Hallford shot Shannon once in the mouth then dragged him to the side of the bridge and shot him two more times in the head before taking his wallet and throwing him over the bridge and into the water. After the killing, Hallford made his daughter wear a necklace made of shell casings from the bullets used in the shooting.

His daughter, Melinda Hallford Powell, also says he sexually abused her and had never admitted it.

Powell was at her home in North Carolina and unable to attend the execution. She said she was "relieved" to hear that Hallford was dead.

"Now he's not going to hurt anybody else," she said.

Powell, who was pregnant at the time of the killing, is married with three children. She said she had been sexually abused by her father and had lived "a nightmare" for years.

"You can't imagine what it was like. I was kind of a zombie after that," Powell told The Associated Press in a phone interview Wednesday night.

AP generally does not identify victims of sexual abuse, but Powell said her account of the abuse is in court records and she had no objections.

"I don't understand how someone can do the things that he's done," Powell said. "He's had a long list of excuses and denials.

Shannon's stepmother, Angelita Johns, said Wednesday Hallford should be executed and she called the killing of her stepson ``unforgivable.''


Phillip D. Hallford (22 March 1947 to 4 November 2010) murdered Charles Eddie Shannon on 13 April 1986. He was executed by lethal injection in Alabama.

9 April 2006: James Corbitt, whose 37-year-old father, also called James, was dispatched in Strangeways by Pierrepoint on November 28, 1950, insisted last night: "My father probably deserved the hangman's noose. They should bring back capital punishment for certain crimes."

9 April 2006: The 67-year-old retired mill worker and farmer from Oldham, insisted: "Anybody who kills somebody should hang unless it was in self-defence. People like the Moors' Murderers shouldn't be put in prison. They deserve to die. It's as simple as that."

9 April 2006: Mr Corbitt, a schoolboy when his father was hanged, insisted, that Pierrepoint deserved thanks for calming his father's nerves by greeting him as Tish. He said: "He made it easier, didn't he? As far as I am concerned, there is no need for him to feel badly about it. My father knew what he was doing. He was thinking about killing the woman for a year."

9 April 2006: Despite Pierrepoint's own apparent conclusions, Mr Corbitt, whose parents had separated before the murder, insisted: "I still think the death penalty would act as a deterrent. I wouldn't like the idea of a rope being put around my neck."

James Corbitt is the Son of James Henry Corbitt (c. 1913 – 28 November 1950) was an English murderer hanged at Strangeways Prison in Manchester by Albert Pierrepoint.

Builder Mike Wright was stunned to learn of his dad’s crimes. He told The Sun: “My father took those girls’ lives. They should take his as well.”

Mike, 27 – abandoned at just two years old by his evil dad in Milford Haven, West Wales – added: “They don’t have hanging now, but if they did he should hang. What gives him the right to take a person’s life.”

“I’d like to think he’s not guilty – but if he is he should get everything that’s coming to him. As it is I am glad that he has been put away for ever.”

Mike Wright is the son of Steven Gerald James Wright (born 24 April 1958) is an English serial killer, also known as the Suffolk Strangler and the Ipswich Ripper. He is currently serving life imprisonment for the murder of five women who worked as prostitutes in Ipswich, Suffolk. The killings took place during late 2006 and Wright was found guilty in February 2008.

Hamad’s father Saud, 52, a former government employee, said: “This is not a simple matter. The family has made a decision. I want him [Hamad] executed.” His wife Aida told XPRESS: “We seek the maximum punishment for this crime.”

Mohammad, the suspect’s eldest brother, said: “What he [Hamad] did was horrible. The whole family does not want to see him anymore. We are calling for the maximum penalty — death.”

The family believes Wadeema had been dead for at least three months. Other family members also insisted on capital punishment for both Hamad and his live-in partner. Saeed, 28, the second-eldest brother of the accused, said: “I cannot believe a person can do something so horrible. If found guilty, he must face justice, death.” 

“We want him to pay with his life for his crime; he has no right to be in this world,” Hamad’s younger brother Hamdan, 18, said. “I would never visit him in jail. He deserves to die,” he added.

The family members of Wadeema - an eight year old Emirati girl who was murdered by her father, Hamad in Dubai.

Janell Jenkins, one of Cummings' ex-wives, said in a statement that Melissa "had her innocence, and then her life" taken from her 17 years ago. "Now, finally, after those 17 years there is justice being done, by the execution of Jesse James Cummings. "And also now no one, especially no female, will ever have to live in fear because of this horrible, horrible man."

Janell Jenkins is one of the ex-wives of Jesse James Cummings Jr. (19 November 1955 to 25 September 2008) At the time of the murders, Cummings lived in a Coal County household of overlapping sexual relationships. The polygamist lived with his ailing father; his wives, Sherry and Juanita Cummings; and one child of each woman. His half-sister and niece lived in nearby Tushka. His wives testified that Cummings lorded over their home, employing violence, rape and incest to control his family. The body of Cummings' sister, Judy Moody Mayo, was found Sept. 9, 1991, near Atoka Lake. The body of Cummings' neice, Melissa Moody, was found stabbed to death about a month later in Choctaw County. The gruesome murders went unsolved for three years until Juanita Cummings confessed in 1994 to murdering Moody Mayo. She testified that her husband had threatened to kill her son if she did not murder his sister. His wives testified that Cummings helped the women dump his sister's body. After molesting his niece, he took her to rural Choctaw County and stabbed her to death. Cummings was convicted of both murders in 1996, but the conviction for his sister's death was thrown out by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals in 1998 because only the testimony of accomplices linked him to the killing. Juanita Cummings is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. Sherry Cummings is serving a 35-year sentence on two counts of accessory to murder after the fact and one count of permitting a child to be abused.

"Our sorrow comes with a sense of peace in our hearts that our brother's decision was the right one for him, and we have made peace with him," Mink's eldest sister, Cheryl Williams, said in a prepared statement. "As a family, we will cherish our memories and move forward to create new ones for our children and grandchildren. Our faith, our love that we have for each other, is the legacy our parents left behind. We will remain steadfast in honoring them by carrying this legacy forward."

Scott Andrew Mink (October 13, 1963 – July 20, 2004) was executed by the State of Ohio. A drug addict and alcoholic, he had been sentenced to die on June 29, 2001, for beating his 79-year-old father and 72-year-old mother to death with a hammer. The crimes occurred on September 19, 2000, when Mink, angry with his parents because they hid their car keys to prevent him from leaving the house to buy drugs and alcohol, attacked William and Sheila Mink while they slept in their rural Montgomery County home. Enraged at being thwarted in his quest to get high, Mink beat his sleeping parents with a claw hammer until the hammer broke. He then battered them with cutting boards until those shattered. Finally, he repeatedly stabbed his parents with kitchen knives and strangled his mother with an electrical cord. Mink then stole his parents' credit cards and sold their belongings to purchase crack cocaine. He later confessed the brutal slayings to police. He pled guilty before a panel of three judges and asked for a death sentence, which the judges handed down. Under Ohio law, all death sentences are automatically reviewed by an appellate court regardless of the inmate's desire to appeal. After his conviction was upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court on direct appeal in April 2004, Mink dropped his efforts to fight his sentence. Mink spent 1,118 days (i.e., 3 years and 23 days) on death row before being executed by lethal injection – the second-shortest time, aside from Rocky Barton, since Ohio began executing criminals in 1999.