Feb. 28, 1979
AP file
Albert Owens

Feb. 28, 1979
Albert Owens, 26, is slain during a robbery at a 7-Eleven store in Pico Rivera, a town east of Los Angeles. Owens is found dead in a store room, shot twice in the back with a 12-gauge shotgun. The robbery nets $120.

March 11, 1979
Motel owners Tsai-Shai Yang, 63, her husband Yen-I Yang, 63, and their daughter Ye-Chen Li, 43, are killed during a robbery of the Brookhaven Motel on South Vermont Street in Los Angeles. The victims are shot at close-range with a 12-gauge shotgun. The robbery nets around $100.
August 1979
Crips founder Raymond Washington is slain. No one is arrested.
March 13, 1981
Williams is found guilty for the first-degree murder and robbery of Albert Owens, the first-degree murders of Tsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang and Ye-Chen Li, and the robbery of Tsai-Shai Yang. The jury also finds true the allegation that Williams personally used the shotgun in each murder.

Okay… so here are the murders.  In watching all the media coverage of the Tookie Williams case, there is a lot of attention given to the fact that he has written children’s books and has helped to start anti-gang programs.  The question has not been raised as to how wide these programs reach, how many of these books are published, and if there were any influence at all.  I could be a writer and publish… yet has my writing changed the world?  And would it be to the effect to have me to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  President Bush was nominated, so was Arafat… neither of whom, to me at least, fit the billing for someone to win the Nobel Prize, though I admire the President and am glad that Arafat is dead.

The man has committed heinous murders and deserves to pay for those murders.  Everyone sings a tune of redemption while ion prison, of finding Jesus, or of changing their ways.  Too late.  This isn’t “holding” in an NFL football game, where the crime isn’t permanent.  Murder is permanent… those people are not coming back… such a magnitude demands that people be held accountable for their “slips of judgment”, even though they may be sorry later.

Tookie should pay for his crimes.


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