There doesn’t seem to be much national coverage of the murder of Kimberly Cates and the horrific maiming of her 12-year-old daughter Jaimie. If you live outside New England, and most probably outside New Hampshire, you don’t know the story of four young animals who were so bored that they decided it would be fun to break into a dark home in a small New Hampshire town one evening with the expressed desire to kill someone. By the time they were done, they had delivered over 30 slash, stab and hacking wounds to Kimberly Cates before turning the machete on her daughter, driving it through her back to get to her lungs and heart.  Mr. Gribble told police that he had wanted to kill someone for a long time.  “It’s cool because it’s different”, he told officers.

Now on the eve of his trial, the totally cool Mr. Gribble wants us to consider his insanity defense as well as a change of venue. Interesting.  Too much media coverage for Mr. Cool.  Here’s a thought: let’s make a deal. We’ll change your venue to someplace that has capital punishment and no compunction to use it.  Like maybe Texas or Utah.  How does that work for you?

I’ve been reading about this case since I first heard the news. The blogs are all over the place, blaming their parents, blaming society, blaming the human refuse themselves. Kill them, don’t kill them, hang them, shoot them etc.  All over the place. Me, I don’t care if you finally strap them down and pump 200 milligrams of retribution into them, it’s fine by me.  But let’s not get into the “innocent by reason of insanity” crap, or have lively debate on the effective deterrence of the death penalty. These cretins need to be culled from the herd, plain and simple.  No, it won’t bring Kimberly Cates back. No, it won’t restore Jaimie’s physical health. And yes, it’s probably anger, eye for an eye, Old Testament style emotion here.  But at some point, society has to say, hey, there are penalties involved and certainly a crime that exhausts all adjectives to describe it’s heinousness needs to be addressed with the most severe penalty of all.

So the cool Mr. Gribble can have his change of venue as far as I’m concerned. I don’t care what jury you put him in front of, they’ll more than likely find him as guilty as his partner Mr. Spader’s jury found him to be.  Then they can complain to Dante for a change of venue.

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