No 62, Yes 66 – Mend, Don’t End, California’s Death Penalty

Posted on FB by Jodi Wolf Keesee:

I thought I would share a letter my husband wrote to Governor Brown sent via email through the state’s website. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a response but maybe if the silent majority spoke up we can make a difference.  Something has to change, something has to give!

Governor,

I worked WITH Steve Owen for more then ten years. I worked FOR him for three years. Steve was an icon on the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and just a great street cop. He worked diligently through the years to lower the crime rate in the Antelope Valley which is the area he also called home. He mentored many young Deputies by leading them through his hard work. He could tolerate a mistake by anybody but would not tolerate laziness. He worked harder at 53 years old then most people at 23 years old. Although Steve could be intimidating, he was acually just a big teddy bear to those of us who had the honor to know him. His integrity and honor was second to none.

The Antelope Valley enjoyed a few years of great success in significantly lowering the crime rate. Steve was able to see that his hard work was paying off. Unfortunately his hard work was wiped away with the stroke of a few pens (AB109, P.R.C.S. and Prop 47). Without these early release programs, the criminal that murdered Steve would have probably still have been incarcerated.

Now your office wishes to dump more criminals onto the streets of California by pushing prop 57. A proposition which the Attorney General had the audacity to call “The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016”.

Steve despised these policies that you continue to push down the throats of the State of California.

I saw in an article that you offered your condolences but it is for the above listed reasons that you dont get to offer your condolences. We won’t allow you to disrespect his legacy. You represent the very thing he was against. Your political agenda supercedes doing what is right and that is something Steve Owen would never do. He would never compromise his morals for a dollar. We at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station do not accept your condolences.

Regarding Steve Owen’s murder suspect, it was already illegal for him to possess a firearm. Murder suspect’s do not care what gun laws you impose on us law abiding citizens.

Thanks,
Dave Keesee

no62yes66

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We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Cathy Moriarty

I would like to thank Citizens Against Homicide and their members for all

your support!

On August 17, 2016 our family attended a parole hearing for Marvin James McMurphy

at Folsom State Prison. Inmate McMurphy plead guilty to the attempted murder of

David Pashilk and 1st Degree murder of my brother Ed Templeman in 1975.

The Parole Board denied him for another 3 years! Thank you all for your many

letters of opposition.

As we sat in the parole hearing the commissioner read off the first names of so

many members, family and friends and it made us all feel good to know we had

so much support.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

Cathy Moriarty

Mend, Don’t End, California’s Death Penalty

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Submit through the campaign website at:

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The entire campaign team is ready and able to help create unique content for your publications, newsletters, and other shared materials. We can help you tell your membership what the impacts of Prop. 62 and 66 will mean for your organization. Reach us at info@noprop62yesprop66.com.

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10-YEAR-OLD DOUBLE MURDER CASE OF BILL AND LEE CHAPMAN REMAINS UNSOLVED

The Family of Bill & Lee Chapman
Facebook: A Voice for Bill & Lee Chapman

PRESS RELEASE

10-YEAR-OLD DOUBLE MURDER CASE OF BILL AND LEE CHAPMAN REMAINS UNSOLVED

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MERCED, CA – TEN YEARS AGO, on October 1, 2006, the lives of one Merced family changed forever. Bill and Lee Chapman were murdered in their quiet neighborhood in Merced, California. To make matters worse, their house was then set on fire in an effort to destroy evidence.

“My grandparents were the sweetest people you could meet. The family joke was that Grandpa had more jobs than me, even though he was 70 years older,” says Stephanie Mason, 31, one of the couple’s seven grandchildren.

While many may remember Bill as the man behind Chapman’s Shoes in the 1960s and 1970s, in his later years he served as a custodian to his church and sold both vacuums and vitamins part time. Lee kept herself busy around the home, especially with her love for books and popular culture. She was always taking care of her children and grandchildren, making sure all were fed to bursting whenever they came to visit.

Mason continued, “They were our biggest supporters. They were at graduations and sporting games. They attended every birthday party they possibly could. Most importantly, they loved their three children and seven grandchildren equally.”

But what remains for the family besides who did this, is the lingering question of why would anyone want to murder their parents and grandparents. What could possibly prompt somebody to murder a sweet, elderly couple that had been married 59 years? They had survived depression and war and yet their lives were taken from them in their own home.

A $50,000 reward remains in place by the State of California for anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this tragedy. Anyone with information is asked to call Merced police detective Joe Deliman or the department’s anonymous tipster line at (209) 385-4725.

Family and friends are invited to join together for a candlelight vigil to remember Bill and Lee Chapman. The vigil will be held Saturday, October 1, at 7pm, at the site of their former home on Bear Creek Drive.

“Their absence is felt at every Christmas, every birthday, and every major family event. They missed out on graduations, weddings and now the birth of six great grandchildren. There is a tremendous hole in our family because of their unexpected deaths,” says Mason.