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.