Delaware and the Death Penalty

In this, the 21st century, women are not docile, programmed to serve and procreate and nothing else.  It seems Emmitt Taylor III was unaware of this.  In August of 2007 he killed Stephanie Mumford by bludgeoning her to death with a frying pan because she “disrespected him by not making him dinner“.  Before I discuss his sentencing, which occurred yesterday, I want to discuss his crimes.

In 2007, Emmitt Taylor III was on probation in Mississippi for aggravated assault.  Despite this fact he was in Long Neck, Delaware, engaged to Stephanie Mumford.  Stephanie had three children and three grandchildren.  By all accounts she was a loving mother and a kind and spirited woman.  The wedding was scheduled for August 18th, 2007.  On August 14th, when the pair didn’t show up to their scheduled rehearsal her family went to her house to make sure she was alright.  Unfortunately, she wasn’t.

Four times before her death Stephanie had called a family friend in despair.  Throughout these calls Taylor could be heard yelling at her in the background.  Taylor had seemingly bragged to co-workers about beating her, discussing in detail knocking out her teeth and chocking her until she lost consciousness.  Two weeks prior to her death neighbors saw Taylor punching Stephanie in the parking lot of their home.  Domestic violence was obviously an issue here, along with Taylor (whom police describe as being 6ft 4in tall and around 200 pounds) having anger management and control issues.

So, it’s time for the reason I’m delving into this gruesome tale.  Emmitt Taylor III was sentenced to the death penalty yesterday.  I have been reading many comments about how people think the death penalty is barbaric.  It is “making society as bad as its criminals” as I have read.  Unfortunately, lethal injection (which Taylor was sentenced to) does not include repeated bludgeoning with a frying pan.

Despite its controversy, the death penalty is still legal in Delaware.  36 States currently have legal executions using lethal injection and the U.S military and government still authorizes it as well.  Since 1991 there have been 14 legal executions in Delaware including the last hanging in the state (1996).  The youngest of these was 27 at the time of death and each committed at least one murder.  One particularly gruesome case was Brian Steckel.  Steckel was executed in 2005 (the most recent legal execution in Delaware) on three counts of first degree murder.  He raped and killed Sandra Lee Long and then set her on fire.  After this he wrote letters to her mother gloating about his deeds.  It cost approximately $66 a day to incarcerate this creature (I will not call him a man).  That’s $24,090 a year.  Despite the “immorality” people claim are associated with legal executions, I consider it to be more immoral to the mother of Sandra Lee Long to force her to pay to keep Steckel alive.  Before Taylor’s sentencing yesterday there were 17 adults (juveniles do not receive the death penalty in Delaware) listed on the Department of Corrections website as being on “Death Row”.  Each of these men has been found guilty of at least one count of murder.

According to the DOC “Death Row” inmates stay in a 13 foot cell which has a bed, a sink and toilet, a desk, a locker, and a television.  They receive three meals a day (and probably get fresher vegetables then I do).  Each may have visitors and are allowed to interview with the media.  They are allowed letters, newspapers, magazines, books, and television and radio privileges.  Each inmate is allowed medical and mental care as needed.  Housing these murderers costs Delaware state taxpayers a total of $1,122 a day.  Now, once we include Taylor, this will be $1,188 a day.  We are paying $433,620 a year for these murderers to await their deaths.  I consider this to be more barbaric then the act of execution itself.

I wish every …creature… on “Death Row” a shorter wait for their sentences to be carried out.  In my opinion Emmitt Taylor deserves his death, and he deserves it as fast as possible so tax payer dollars are not wasted on keeping him alive any longer than necessary.  I urge anyone who thinks the death penalty is barbaric to imagine their own children being submitted to the horrific acts those murdered had to go through.  I imagine my family being tortured then killed and think lethal injection is too humane.  Society is not as bad as its criminals, and these murderers are not victims of society.  The families of those murdered and the murdered themselves are the victims and I urge people to remember that.

You can read more about the case and Attorney General Beau Biden’s statements regarding it here.


5 thoughts on “Delaware and the Death Penalty

  1. I cannot imagine many stronger deterrents to crime than having a strong and suitable punishment that demonstrates an appropriate collective sense of outrage commensurate to the offense. It is offensive to me that once incarcerated, the prisoner gains guaranteed access to a (probably) improved health and dental care venue, food, and lodging at taxpayer expense.
    Public hanging, complete with a means for appropriate televised viewing, can be a most powerful tool for deterring crime. I will not describe the event and impact of death by hanging on both the executed human and even more so on the witnesses than to say it is ingrained indelibly and remains for a lifetime as absolutely unforgettable.

    Revive hanging and watch the crime rate plummet.


  2. This is all just another example of our Hijacked Democracy by self serving politicians and bureaucrats that care little, if any, about Justice.

    I have stated for years that this State should be ashamed of its self for requiring the families of these murdered victims to be further victimized through our tax system



  3. The fact that the victims have to pay for it is an issue, yet not the only one. The death penalty is NEEDED. Society needs to learn there are results to their actions. People need to learn they cannot kill innocents and get away with it. And society needs to stop being squeamish. They’re fine with killing an infant but not a hardened criminal…


  4. A premeditated murder is carried out by someone or several persons who think they will not be caught and brought to justice. It is the function of society to protect its citizens by legal means and punishing murderers by execution is the ultimate option available to the courts. If the death penalty is used fairly among ALL premeditated murderers, and not just one segment of society, then that option can be justified, especially when the crime is considered heinous. Some states have abandoned the death penalty after studying the results of hundreds of sentences of criminals or even those innocents found guilty of serious crimes because the sentencing was unfairly weighted against minorities. Black people were often given the death penalty for crimes for which many white people received life in prison with the possibility of parole. DNA evidence has set free more than 200 innocents who were sentenced to death or life terms. There is no doubt that many innocent people have died because there was no scientific means of proving their innocence.If there is no question of the guilt of a killer, by witnesses and blood samples or video or uncoerced confession, then the death penalty is justified. Of course it doesn’t deter others from committing serious crimes but it assures society that this perp will not have a second chance to do that again.A killer who gets away with the first murder is more likely to do it again than somebody who has not killed anybody. When it involves murder only one strike is enough; leave the three strikes to baseball.


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