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Police: Convicted murderer shot hikers on Appalachian Trail

There are 20 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from May 9, 2008, titled Police: Convicted murderer shot hikers on Appalachian Trail. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

A convicted murderer is suspected of shooting and wounding two men on the Appalachian Trail a few miles from the spot where he killed two hikers in 1981, authorities said.

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Tigers Wood

Water View, VA

#1 May 9, 2008
Fourteen years for a double murder. Damn life is cheap in this country.

Since: Oct 07

Arkansas

#2 May 9, 2008
Yea, but if we had kept him locked up, we would be treating him unfairly. Or, we could release these scum-bags, with the stipulation that they only murder bleeding heart libs that like to turn these monsters loose in our society.
TNT

Nashville, GA

#3 May 9, 2008
String him up...
Death Penalty

Lincolnville, ME

#4 May 9, 2008
It's not about "deterrence". It's about "prevention". When someone commits a crime like this, they should never have a chance to do it again, to anybody.
They will always be a danger to the people around them. Especially so if they are "free". However, even those who are incarcerated with them are in danger. They remain a danger as long as they continue to breath.
TNT

Nashville, GA

#5 May 9, 2008
Death Penalty wrote:
It's not about "deterrence". It's about "prevention". When someone commits a crime like this, they should never have a chance to do it again, to anybody.
They will always be a danger to the people around them. Especially so if they are "free". However, even those who are incarcerated with them are in danger. They remain a danger as long as they continue to breath.
That in itself qualifies them as oxygen thieves.
I agree

United States

#6 May 9, 2008
I agree with all of you! It sure is a shame that people cannot even go out and enjoy nature without some crazy person trying to hurt them. I'm glad that Virginia law enforcement got this guy quickly! Bravo!
run rabbit run

Brooklyn, NY

#7 May 9, 2008
arm yourselfs
curious george

Lorton, VA

#8 May 9, 2008
run rabbit, you got the right answer there, shoot first and ask questions later, like, oh by the way do you want to make it right with the Lord before I shoot you again. I also think it's a shame you can't walk a walk path or go to a park without looking over your shoulder. You have to be carful of everyone you talk to.
If they are guilty of murder then kill them, why should we as tax payers pay their room and board?
atv rider

United States

#9 May 12, 2008
old way was the way of the west u kill u got hung . bring back the rope

Since: Feb 08

Nicholasville, KY

#10 May 12, 2008
I suppose we can look forward to a second book published now, telling the after story to Murder on the AT. I found some very telling statements in an article detailing his release in 1996. Things like with the monitor he had to wear it was a sure bet he would never set foot in the AT again. Or from a critic of the deal he got came the phrase, "if there is another incident with Smith, somebody's head should roll." Finally, much like in the Gary Hilton tales (another AT killer) people much preferred to be around his dog.
I hope the guys are doing better. Shout out to the Farmer from Tazewell (unbelievable that I don't know him).
Tigers Wood

Water View, VA

#11 May 13, 2008
tazebell wrote:
I suppose we can look forward to a second book published now, telling the after story to Murder on the AT. I found some very telling statements in an article detailing his release in 1996. Things like with the monitor he had to wear it was a sure bet he would never set foot in the AT again. Or from a critic of the deal he got came the phrase, "if there is another incident with Smith, somebody's head should roll." Finally, much like in the Gary Hilton tales (another AT killer) people much preferred to be around his dog.
I hope the guys are doing better. Shout out to the Farmer from Tazewell (unbelievable that I don't know him).
I'm still trying to wrap my brain around someone getting only 14 years for double murder conviction.
James St James

Harwinton, CT

#12 May 13, 2008
I agree, double murder = 14 years. WTF is wrong with the judicial system?
James St James

Harwinton, CT

#13 May 13, 2008
He's Dead: From the Washington Post today:
A once-notorious southwest Virginia man died in jail Saturday night, a day after he was charged with shooting and wounding two campers on the Appalachian Trail, not far from the isolated area where he killed two hikers in 1981, authorities said.
Randall Lee Smith, 54, was hospitalized with multiple injuries Tuesday night after crashing a pickup -- stolen from one of the victims -- during a police chase, Lt. Ron Hamlin of the Giles County Sheriff's Department said yesterday. Smith was jailed Friday after being discharged from a hospital in Roanoke. He faced several felony charges, including attempted capital murder.
About 5 p.m. Saturday, he was found unresponsive in a cell in the medical ward of New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin, Va., officials said. He was pronounced dead an hour later at a hospital.
wtf

Chicago, IL

#14 May 13, 2008
is wrong with people. denmark is looking better by the second.
Jahree

Elmhurst, IL

#15 May 13, 2008
James St James wrote:
He's Dead: From the Washington Post today:
A once-notorious southwest Virginia man died in jail Saturday night, a day after he was charged with shooting and wounding two campers on the Appalachian Trail, not far from the isolated area where he killed two hikers in 1981, authorities said.
Randall Lee Smith, 54, was hospitalized with multiple injuries Tuesday night after crashing a pickup -- stolen from one of the victims -- during a police chase, Lt. Ron Hamlin of the Giles County Sheriff's Department said yesterday. Smith was jailed Friday after being discharged from a hospital in Roanoke. He faced several felony charges, including attempted capital murder.
About 5 p.m. Saturday, he was found unresponsive in a cell in the medical ward of New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin, Va., officials said. He was pronounced dead an hour later at a hospital.
There is a GOD
larry g

Baltimore, MD

#16 May 13, 2008
Tigers Wood wrote:
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I'm still trying to wrap my brain around someone getting only 14 years for double murder conviction.
why only 14 years ? want to guess ?
TNT

Nashville, GA

#17 May 13, 2008
run rabbit run wrote:
arm yourselfs
.....then, become literate.
run rabbit run

Brooklyn, NY

#18 May 13, 2008
TNT wrote:
<quoted text>
.....then, become literate.
ya mamma
TNT

Nashville, GA

#19 May 13, 2008
run rabbit run wrote:
<quoted text>
ya mamma
See what I mean? The proliferation of social decline is your hallmark.
ff

North Tazewell, VA

#20 Dec 6, 2013
I said hi to that man along with almost everyone else in our group, and when he didnt say anything and came to the end of the lime where our scoutmaster was, the scoutmaster called him an asshole an we just kept on going. Then saw this in the paper a few weeks after that.

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