Victims Debbie and Gene Dietz forgotten
The Arizona Republic’s 2-word, oversized, all caps headline “BOTCHED EXECUTION,” is the type previously reserved for reporting a declaration of war. Actually, that’s exactly what it is. A war on the death penalty. The follow-up obligatory editorial calls for “a moratorium” on the practice, saying it defines “cruel.“ Columnists E. J. Montini and Laurie Roberts are reliably aboard with misplaced sympathies.
The Page One report continuing to two jump pages, was written by the newspaper‘s reporter, among the witnesses. It comes complete with the requisite full-color photo showing death penalty opponents, holding signs outside the state prison. One sign says, “No one deserves to die.”
It’s a good bet none of them were related to the victims of the grisly murders.
The reporter calls the execution a “gruesome scene.” He wasn’t referring to the site of the Tucson double homicide that left a father and daughter dead.
By now most Arizonans have heard the name Joseph Rudolph Wood. He’s the cold-blooded double murderer whose execution, finally re-scheduled and carried out Wednesday, is the subject of the article. He’s lived an additional 25 years more than his forgotten victims, Debbie Dietz, just 29 years old at the time of her murder and her 55-year-old father, Gene Dietz. They were executed in 1989 at their family owned auto repair shop in Tucson.
For an account of what brought Woods to the day when his execution took longer than considered proper by the bleeding hearts crowd, read what brought him to his end. The gruesome facts of the murders are not in readily available in the Arizona Media.
Family members of Wood’s victims, who also witnessed the execution, said they had no problems with the way it was carried out.
Jeanne Brown another daughter of victim Eugene Dietz, gave her view on whether Wood suffered. “You don’t know what excruciating is,” she said. “Excruciating is seeing your dad lying in a pool of blood.”
“This man conducted horrific murders and you guys are going, let’s worry about the drugs” (used in the lethal injection), said Richard Brown, the brother-in-law of Debbie Dietz.” Why didn’t they give him a bullet, why didn’t we give him Drano?”
The leftwing media is more concerned with the number of gasps Wood took as they report his death as “chilling.” Compounding the atrocious crimes he committed is the fact that his victims have become obscure as the murderer has bizarrely transmogrified into the sympathetic character.