Thursday, June 08, 2006

Joe Clark

Joe and his nephew.

April 24th, 2006
Monday, 11:39 p.m.

Joe went out to the main visiting room today and spent about 8 hours with over 20 family members. They took 2 rolls of film (photos). He got to run around the place, spar with his nephew, hug his mother, etc.

When he came back he was in a good mood. I said, "I bet it was really good to hug your mom!" And, just for an instant I got a look at Joe Clark as a kid. His answer was in an expression, and I turned away before we both started crying. My heart leaped into my throat because of Joe's expression, and the thought of my own mother and the fact that I'll never get to hug her again.

Anyway, Joe's family read scripture, and said their goodbyes, and Joe looks to be calm considering the week ahead of him.

As for me, I tremble inside like a child, knowing how wrong it is to kill this man. He's not the man that committed those crimes two decades ago. He is my friend and I've spent the past 17 years with him. This is just so wrong.


April 28th, 2006
Friday, 11:21 p.m.

Last night, around 9:30 p.m., I gave Joe Clark a hug. As the other 3 guys lined up to do the same, I made a beeline for my cell so no one could see me cry.

I woke up at 5 0'clock this morning as Dave went out to get his insulin shot, and I couldn't go back to sleep. I was up, singing with the radio on. At 7:35, they came to get Joe to take him to the isolation cell until it's time to take him to Lucasville (S.O.C.F.).

He made 3 trips up and down the stairs, and on his last trip he stopped at Dave's cell, then Freddy D's, then mine. By the time he got to my cell we were all crying.

How's THAT for a picture of "THE WORST OHIO HAS TO OFFER"?

Want to know what torture is? Torture is taking everything a man loves away from him, forcing him to live with strangers under a death sentence, watching him befriend the others in the same situation, spend 15-25 years in close quarters with those people until they are closer to them than blood-relations, and then taking them away to be murdered, one by one, as your turn closes in.

Joe left me some stuff before he left, 3 t-shirts, 2 towels, a blanket, plastic trashcan, plastic bowl, poker chips, etc. etc... and I'll have most of it until it's my turn to give it away, probably. But, today at 3 p.m., after my shower, I put on one of the shirts he left me, and it smelled like him.

This is a nightmare that I can't wake up from. The world looks retarded from this viewpoint. Is it really compassionate than the majority of a society that supports this madness? Wake up, America!!! PLEASE tell me I'm leaving my children to a better world than THIS!

Those of you who live in Ohio and support the death penalty are personally responsible for the murder of Joseph L. Clark, with prior calculation and premeditation, to take place on the morning of May 2nd,2006. Those of you who do not support the death penalty, but do not vote in elections, are guilty of standing by and watching it happen! Because, it is on behalf of Ohio citizens that the State of Ohio murders human beings. The power is in your hands to change laws! The blood is on your hands until you do.

Shame on you.


Blogger Shawn said...

This my first time reading about you Duke, this is real cool that you doing this, and it's real too. I rember reading about Joe clark when I was younger I've heard he change a lot since then and between me and you I might have cried to. Oh yeah my nick name is Duke too.KEEP UP THE GOOD JOB!

12:18 PM  
Blogger 179988 said...

I agree - they should kill you rejects much faster and with more pain than you inflicted on your victims. Have fun waiting . . .

2:26 AM  
Blogger jack mehoffer said...

All you bitches should be mass murdered all at once, what a waste to keep you cunts alive.

10:07 AM  
Blogger sharon said...

I have been very interested as of late in the innocence project. I also am a christian and believe in forgiving people as I have a son who has made many mistakes. I also believe in the statement But by the Grace of God Go I! my question is though, after reading a lot of your blog I see no mention of the crime for which you were convicted, why is that?

10:16 AM  
Blogger Mt goons vin said...

Take away death row and let the fuckers live in prison until they die of natural causes or get killed if revenge is the goal. It sucks in there, I've been there. Killing them reduces their sentence by decades and saves money.
That stupid inmate that is complaining about waiting to get killed should be grateful that his life will be taken away in a peaceful manner instead of having to grow old and be miserable like the rest of us.

4:23 AM  

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