Letters to the Editor

Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 11:45pm

The fight continues

(This is a copy of a letter sent to Gov. Phil Bredesen.)

Please accept this plea for a commuted sentence for Gaile Owens. Her story is all too familiar in our legal system and someone, hopefully you, desperately needs to step up and take a stand on her behalf.

I am only one of many citizens who feel that she has been terribly wronged and has suffered enough in the legal quagmire of our great nation.

Please consider this heartfelt plea on her behalf and commute her sentence, for Gaile, for me, and for all those who feel that their voices can no longer be heard.

Thank you for your kind consideration and assistance on this life and death matter.

Karla King Hess
Morgantown, WV 26508

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: Gaile Owens

196 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 6/11/10 at 4:05

I don't think she was "terribly wronged" but forgive the pun a death sentence is overkill after that woman that killed her minister husband got off virually punishment free.

All things considered I would agree her sentence should be commuted if that is what she wants and this letter should not be held against her.

PLEASE " legal quagmire". Only the extreme left think there is a legal quagmire with the death penalty. Truth is some deserve to die for their crimes and much sooner then 20 years later.

I generally agree with the death penalty but in this case if it was my decision I would give her a pass.

By: dargent7 on 6/11/10 at 4:45

"and for all those who feel their voices cannot be heard".
Like her husband she had killed, for example?

Spending the last 25 years in prison is no life.
Spending another 25 years in prison is no life.

Time to meet her Creator.

By: bfra on 6/11/10 at 5:01

Murder is murder and this woman and Winkler both deserve to be punished, accordingly with the law. Look at the situation of these two women, both committed "cold blooded murder". One is foot-loose, fancy free, with access to even the money donated for her children and then this one. Where is the justice in either case? The husbands & children are the victims!

By: house_of_pain on 6/11/10 at 5:02

Didn't she hire a hitman? If so, she shouldn't get a 'pass'.

By: bfra on 6/11/10 at 5:09

She had the time & money to hire a killer, but couldn't get away from (so she claims) an abusive situation. For all the bleeding hearts, GET REAL!

By: dooley on 6/11/10 at 5:19

Id has been smoking spinach again . Where was the pun ? that must be a new word for him since he has used it two days in a row.

By: dargent7 on 6/11/10 at 5:21

The Winkler case should be taught in all law schools. If OJ's "Dream Team" got that psychopathic killer off, the "team" that got Winkler off w/ 9 months in the funny farm are geniuses. I'd like to run into Winkler some day at Walmart. Literally.

By: dooley on 6/11/10 at 5:22

I have no sympathy for this woman . She is as cold blooded a murderer as Winkler was . Theres where justice was not done.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/11/10 at 5:25

Good Morning
New Orleans
http://propellerclubnola.org/images/4 ships at sunrise.jpg

By: bfra on 6/11/10 at 5:29

Good morning Nemo - Couldn't get that one.

By: Loner on 6/11/10 at 5:33

Good morning, Nashville!

I am not familiar with this case, so I won't comment except to say that I am against the death penalty.

It's a beautiful morning, here on the Erie Canal. Life is good.

By: bfra on 6/11/10 at 5:36

Ed Yarbrough is the attorney that started the ball rolling for Winkler to go free. Also got Charlie Chase's son off, scott free.

By: Loner on 6/11/10 at 5:37

Isn't the Winkler case the one involving the preacher's wife and her being forced to wear six-inch high heels and erotic negligee?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/11/10 at 5:37

I will try it again.
New Orleans

By: dargent7 on 6/11/10 at 5:39

bF: Sounds like "Big Ed" is the man to have in your corner. Especially if you are guilty, did it, admit it, and have a paper thin reason.

By: dargent7 on 6/11/10 at 5:42

Loner: You have the jist correct. She was so humiliated by his sexual proclivities and appetites (the ones you and I pay for) she shot him in the back with a 12 ga. while he slept. She spent 3 months in jail, and 6 in a mental instution, for a total of 9. She also got her 3 kids back from his parents.
But, on the bright side, I hear she's ok now and dating.

By: house_of_pain on 6/11/10 at 5:42

Correct on the Winkler case, Loner.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/11/10 at 5:45

Erie Canal morning

By: bfra on 6/11/10 at 5:49

Loner - Winkler was so abused, that no one knew about it, not even family members. Guess you can make any claims when the person you are blaming is dead, by your own hands,

By: dargent7 on 6/11/10 at 5:50

Somehow sunrise on the Erie Canal doesn't sound appealing. On the Detriot River, now we're talking.

By: bfra on 6/11/10 at 5:50

Nemo - last 2 very good!

By: bfra on 6/11/10 at 5:53

Winkler was so distraught, she took the kids, the murder weapon, unplugged the phone and left. HA! She didn't intend for that man to get any help.

By: bfra on 6/11/10 at 5:54

Loner - Can you water ski on the Erie canal?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/11/10 at 5:54

Detriot River
Makes you home sick, d7.

By: bfra on 6/11/10 at 5:57

Nemo - Wonder what they are fishing for?

By: dargent7 on 6/11/10 at 5:59

One thing Michigan was good for was water skiing. That and Bob Seger.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/11/10 at 6:04

Speaking of Detroit, I think that just maybe in my life time, that city will make a come back. There are already movements by citizens to reclaim their neighborhood. I hope they succeed.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/11/10 at 6:09

Funny you should say mention; I just put a CD of his in the car Tuesday. Great traveling music

By: dargent7 on 6/11/10 at 6:13

Cpt Nemo: Not a chance. Ever since Flint collapsed in the 80's with Buick City and GMC Truck closing, and the subsequent Japanese automakers killing the "Big Three's" cars, it's been all downhill.
The mayor Kawame something, went to prison for, "lying about lying, while lying".
Look at the football team the Lions. 4 and 40. Even U-M stinks the last 4 seasons.
The blind Ump even cost the pitcher a perfect game last week.
Detroit is way over.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/11/10 at 6:21

Maybe so d7, but I think there is hope and where there is hope there is a way.

Time will tell.

By: house_of_pain on 6/11/10 at 6:28

"You gotta lose your mind for Detroit, rock city."
-Paul Stanley

By: dargent7 on 6/11/10 at 6:43

Nemo: I lived there for 30 years. They had 1" thick plexi-glass in all banks and convience stores starting in 1980.
Nashville has security guards at a lot of banks but there is no plexi-glass.

By: Kosh III on 6/11/10 at 6:44

Well I do not think she should be executed.

I oppose capital punishement and it should be abolished----right after a firing squad has taken care of Bush Cheney Geithner Madoff Paulson Rumsfeld Drugbaugh Palin Scalia the execs of Goldman Sachs BofA Exxon BP Halliburton Blackwater. Did I miss anyone? Feel free to add to the list.

By: Kosh III on 6/11/10 at 6:45

Detroit comeback
Hmmmm Didn't they say the Renaissance Center would spark a comeback of Detroit? What year was that?

By: Loner on 6/11/10 at 6:51

Nice photo, Nemo.

BFRA, the The limit is 5 MPH; if you can ski at that speed, it's OK.

By: govskeptic on 6/11/10 at 6:55

For the first time I agree with Dooley!!! Little concern for this
case as she hired someone else to do the job. Winkler was
just a case of slick southern lawyer knowing the jury and
knowing what story to present that would get the desired
results. Absolutely no other hint presented at trial that the
husband in Winkler case treated wife sexually as only she
described. Poor prosecutors get poor results.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/11/10 at 6:59

The city was run in part by the auto industry and we know what happen there. Now the auto business is something new, why not the city? I think the reason the Japanese was able to take over was because of there thinking. They looked ten years into the future and kept theirs eyes on a goal, while Detroit and other American business did not see pass the next quarter.

Maybe I am being an optimist and I would like to see the city blossom into something anew. After all I keep routing for the Lions.

By: gdiafante on 6/11/10 at 7:02

I'd like to see Detroit lay in ruin. Oh wait...

Kosh: add the Chicago Blackhawks to your list.

By: Loner on 6/11/10 at 7:08

Speed limit, that is...meds have not kicked in yet.

By: bfra on 6/11/10 at 7:09

Loner - 5 mph - Not that I have heard of. Thanks! The canals in FL are also 5 mph - guess that is a standard.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/11/10 at 7:14

bfra, is Ed Yarborough related to Jeff Yarborough who is running for office?

By: dargent7 on 6/11/10 at 7:15

The Renaissance Center was pretty cool in 1977. So were bell bottoms and the Bee Gees. GM moved there in '90 or so, built the worst crap called an automobile in history, and went bankrupt.....and then there were the Lions.

By: gdiafante on 6/11/10 at 7:16

Are you going to Yarborough Fair...

**harpsichord solo**

By: Captain Nemo on 6/11/10 at 7:17

Paul this is my favorite Bob Seger

By: Funditto on 6/11/10 at 7:17

Instead of killing their abusive husbands, Winkler and Owens should have sent them off to an island for years where they would have been subjected to the same abuse they infilicted. That would be suitable punishment. Men who abuse women should be castrated. Not killed. But women who kill men who abuse them should not be killed themselves.

By: bfra on 6/11/10 at 7:18

Blanket - I don't know. He is or was the US States Attorney for middle TN.

By: gdiafante on 6/11/10 at 7:19

An eye for an eye. Someone pulls a knife, you pull a gun. Someone sends your guy to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way!

Oh wait, I freakin' hate Chicago...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/11/10 at 7:19

keep Gaile in jail!

By: Loner on 6/11/10 at 7:19

They do not want wakes to erode the banks, BFRA. Jet skis leave little wake, they routinely break the speed limit. The lift bridges are only about 36' above the surface of the water, when in the lowered (normal) position; this helps control the traffic flow.

I live acrioss from a turning basin or widewaters. My widewaters is about 40 acres in area....the depth is only six feet or so in the widewaters; in the canal itself, the depth is around 20 feet and the width is about 100 feet. A one mile per hour current is built into the canal, which flows from Lake Erie to the Hudson River.

The bikepath on the former towpath is now the big draw. Boats are few and far between.

By: Funditto on 6/11/10 at 7:20

BFRA: Two of my really good friends went to school with the Winklers and trust me, he was a classic abuser. Not saying he deserved to die, but just saying he drove her to a state of mind that was unstable.