Clearing of death row colors many reactions

Full story: State Journal-Register

Bridget Drobney's parents still feel the pain of losing their 16-year-old daughter, who was stabbed to death in a Macoupin County cornfield more than 20 years ago.
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Sep 23, 2006
 
What happened to that girl was and is a nightmare. Anyone who believes people with that kind of behavior problem can be fixed is just plain crazy. I was the same age when.... What she went through and what her family must feel everyday of their lives is without a doubt deserving of some solid, real justice. They(those responsible) don't deserve our $ spent for food, housing, healthcare. A bullet would be much more cost effective and take care of the problem immediately. What's with people against the death penalty? Unless those affected by the crime can forgive and forget, then let the losers who hurt others be dead. If you're so messed up you can hurt a person like that then there's nothing that can fix you anyway.
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Feb 1, 2007
 
I went through this with the family and they do not deserve this. They feel the loss of Bridget every day, as do many of their friends. The men responsible for this tragedy should never have been taken off death row. There is NO DOUBT, NO POSSIBILITY that they were not guilty. Why should Bridget's family have to pay taxes that are supporting keeping animals like this in prison? They should get no better treatment than they gave Bridget!!!! When the governor can do something like granting them clemancy, there is something REALLY wrong with our system!!!
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Feb 6, 2007
 

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What if they were put back on death row and killed, according to law, then 5 or 10 years down the road it was found out they didnt do it? or someone else put to death and then found out later they were innocent. Do we then kill the judge and prosecutor for murder? The Death Penalty is wrong in every way.
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Mar 29, 2007
 
Everytime I hear the story my eyes fill up with tears. I was only a year old when it happened. I have the deepest sorrows for what the family had to go through. There is NO WAY that those men are innocent.
Arianamanx

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Nov 24, 2007
 
I was only 8 years old when this happened. I have to tell you that Mike and Robert Turner are my second cousins. The night that they killed that poor girl my mom, dad, me and a frien of the family were less than 2 miles from where this happened. Country cruising. I wish to god now that we would have made the turn down the road that would have taken us past where this was happening and maybe we could have saved her life. I can tell you without a doubt in my mind that those boys are guilty as sin and death is not a harsh enough punishment.

I found this site because I am now a criminal justice student learning how to fight against animals like this. Our discussion posting this week is on the death penalty in our state and I remembered Bridget and what Robert did to her. I used what happened to her as my argument for the death penalty. I know nothing I can say will ever be able to comfort her family and friends.

I loved Robert and Mike dearly when I was younger, before any of this happened and now all that I can say is that they all deserve to rot in hell. For the sake of the Drobney family, and many others like them, I pray that the Moratorium on the death penalty will be lifted and Robert will finally be put to death.

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Jan 20, 2008
 
I believe I was a teenager when this happened but I remember it very well. I live in Litchfield and this was very big news. This case is the reason nobody can have a revolving red light in their car in Illinois. Too bad the law came to late for Bridget. Even though I never knew Bridget or her family or the Turner brothers that did this, to this day I have remembered the name Bridget Drobney. Sometimes just out of the blue her name would pop into my head for no apparent reason. So I guess in a way I have kept her alive in my memory. A girl I never met or heard of before that. Kinda strange really.
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May 13, 2008
 
I happened across these postings today and I found myself transported back 20+ years. I live exactily 1/2 mile from where they found the car Bridget was driving. I was a teacher at that time in Gillespie and knew Bridget's cousins, aunt and uncle well. The morning after Bridget disappeared I was asked to mobilize my students and ask them to join the search...and this is what we did for nearly two weeks....the community frantically searching for this innocent child....hoping beyond hope we'd find her. When the word came they had found her...this community collectively wept for Bridget and her family.... The trial was long and at no time did Turner ever show any remorse for his actions. Some of my student who attended the trial said he would smile as they lead him in and out of the courtroom. He was/is a monster and I think we need to remember this is the face of the person Ryan "pardoned"...the face of a person who raped, maimed and murdered an innocent child and has never felt any remorse. I have asked myself many times could I put the needle in this man's arm and each time the answer has been yes....and I too hope the death penalty is reinstated and justice is finally served for this family.
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May 26, 2008
 
I know this is kinda off subject, but im buying a house in Mount Olive very soon and was reading old news articles and things like that. Do u think this is a good area to live in or a dangerous area.
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May 26, 2008
 

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I know this is kinda off subject, but im buying a house in Mount Olive very soon and was reading old news articles and things like that. Do u think this is a good area to live in or a dangerous area. It is strictly a small town one color community if you get my drift. home prices are great. lots of locals all know one another. cliquish type people baptist, lutheran and catholic churches all round town plenty of bars for drinking, the entire town closes up at noon on Thursdays and reopens Friday morning; the locals are used to it. good fishing in a few local lakes. nice once a year home coming carnival and parade. lots of quiet bike riding places 2 restaurants i believe, one wonderful dentist, Dr Guardia. also be care of your pets of they roam the streets they will be picked up and you will never be notified even if the pets wears a tag. Nice public parks two of them actually one with a playground and pavillion one with a gazebo. Saturday night fun for young teens is driving up and down main street over and over.
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May 27, 2008
 
Rose, thank you so much for the information, it was very helpful. :)
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Jul 3, 2008
 
I remember Bridget's smile and her awesome personality. I had her in my drivers education class in high school she sat right next to me and although I did not really know her I will never forget her smile and charm. I was angry/upset at the time of her murder and till this day I still think of her like "HIPP" said; to this day I have remembered the name Bridget Drobney. Sometimes just out of the blue her name would pop into my head for no apparent reason. So I guess in a way I have kept her alive in my memory. Well put "HIPP".
I live near where Bridget is laid to rest and I have even told my children about her. I found this site because I now work in a high school and had just heard about a former student who was murdered this last weekend and as parent my heart sank has it did over twenty years ago. Its just horrible when children lives are cut short it affects everyone Parents, schools and communities.
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Aug 21, 2008
 
Bridget was an incredible friend. A constant beaming smile. A beautiful girl. God bless you Bridge. We all miss you every day.
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May 3, 2010
 
While regaling my wife with tales of growing up in Downers Grove, Bridget's name appeared in my mind. I recalled the shock of hearing about her murder years ago. She and I were classmates in one class at Downers Grove North. I didn't know her beyond that class, but I distincly remember, as did another of her classmates on this forum, what a bright and smiling presence she was. Indeed, there she is, still smiling in our high school yearbook. The index led me to a page that revealed her as part of the school's Nurse's Aide program, which only makes sense given her warm personality.

As the parent of my own daughter, I can't even begin to fathom what Bridget's family and friends have endured. I hope this small remembrance will help them in its way.

Rest in peace, Bridget. Your memory is full of life.
Laura

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Jun 15, 2010
 
Had the occasion to be in Wilsonville yesterday and Bridget was once again on my mind. I was the same age as Bridget when she went missing. My world changed forever when she was found. The irony of her coming from a more metropolitan area to the "safe" rural area and losing her life in such a horrible fashion, was never lost on me. I live right down the road from where she was found and if anything, this tragedy made me and many other young ladies much more aware of our surroundings and our safety. I hope her family takes comfort in knowing so many people still think of her after so many years, even though most of us never got the privilege to meet her.
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Arianamanx wrote:
I was only 8 years old when this happened. I have to tell you that Mike and Robert Turner are my second cousins. The night that they killed that poor girl my mom, dad, me and a frien of the family were less than 2 miles from where this happened. Country cruising. I wish to god now that we would have made the turn down the road that would have taken us past where this was happening and maybe we could have saved her life. I can tell you without a doubt in my mind that those boys are guilty as sin and death is not a harsh enough punishment.
I found this site because I am now a criminal justice student learning how to fight against animals like this. Our discussion posting this week is on the death penalty in our state and I remembered Bridget and what Robert did to her. I used what happened to her as my argument for the death penalty. I know nothing I can say will ever be able to comfort her family and friends.
I loved Robert and Mike dearly when I was younger, before any of this happened and now all that I can say is that they all deserve to rot in hell. For the sake of the Drobney family, and many others like them, I pray that the Moratorium on the death penalty will be lifted and Robert will finally be put to death.
Once the moratorium is lifted they will still live. They can never be executed. They have all been given life without the possiblilty of parole. however, Death row inmates are now filling our prisons again. When we atart executing these bastards then maybe the families will find some peace in their lives.
I am from Spring Valley, illinois. We are a very small rural community. Our small community was shattered when a man by the name of JeFF RISLEY drove into our town, kidnapped and murdered an 8 year old girl. He drew a map to where the authorities would find her body. He was found guilty and sentenced to death. Yeah right, he breaths and eats every day while this child's mother wonders what happened while this child was missing. We will spend millions of dollars defending him, feeding him and caring for him. He should have been hung by city hall and have the residents of this community take care of him. But now he is in Pontiac correctional center doing life - WHY?
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Oct 1, 2010
 
This story is somewhat personal to me. I was a classmate of Bridget's in high school. What made this hard to swallow is not only her age but she was fairly small (couldn't and wouldn't hurt a f ly). I couldn't believe it even after I saw her picture on the news and was confirmed dead. This actually happened during the summer and it was deaf-like numbness during the days after (in summer school session).

How senseless and barbaric this was still gets me. How is it that men like Robert Turner & Daniel Hines havent been put to death LONG ago is beyond me. I am pro death penalty where the facts were obivious. The facts seem to have been pretty clear from start to finish.
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Oct 1, 2010
 
Arianamanx wrote:
I was only 8 years old when this happened. I have to tell you that Mike and Robert Turner are my second cousins. The night that they killed that poor girl my mom, dad, me and a frien of the family were less than 2 miles from where this happened. Country cruising. I wish to god now that we would have made the turn down the road that would have taken us past where this was happening and maybe we could have saved her life. I can tell you without a doubt in my mind that those boys are guilty as sin and death is not a harsh enough punishment.
I found this site because I am now a criminal justice student learning how to fight against animals like this. Our discussion posting this week is on the death penalty in our state and I remembered Bridget and what Robert did to her. I used what happened to her as my argument for the death penalty. I know nothing I can say will ever be able to comfort her family and friends.
I loved Robert and Mike dearly when I was younger, before any of this happened and now all that I can say is that they all deserve to rot in hell. For the sake of the Drobney family, and many others like them, I pray that the Moratorium on the death penalty will be lifted and Robert will finally be put to death.
Arianamanx. From what I recall, it was Mike that came foward and told the authorites what happened after she was found. If what he said is true (evidence seems to back him), I feel bad for him knowing there was little or nothing he could have done to stop this (Robert and/or Daniel could have framed or killed him as well if he tried to stop him). I couldn't imagine being in his shoes knowing that his own brother and a friend could be sent to prison or put to death based on what he knew. Most people in his position would have said nothing (check the Brown's Chicken Murders). When he came forward, the case fell into place pretty quick. I'm am glad he did the right thing so justice could take it's course.

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Nov 18, 2010
 
I know people who were close to this girl in high school. Do you know where they are now? One is a nurse with two beautiful children, a husband,and a little house just outside of Chicago in the same town that Bridget grew up in. Another is a bond trader in New York and has a house on Long Island, and another is a recovering addict that works with youth in trying to show them the dangers of such a lifestyle. All the people in her class have moved on and maybe all these years later do not think of her as much as they may have immediately following the murder. It's only natural. The family though, how much has their pain been eased by the passing of time? Are they not reminded of all the dreams their loved one had that died with her in that cornfield? These guys deserve death. If her family stepped forward to say that they have forgiven them and would like for them to serve their punishment with life / no possibility then thats fine. Other than that these men need to go down. The fact that they are still breathing is like spitting in Bridgets face.
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Jan 3, 2011
 
Re:"What happened to that girl was and is a nightmare. Anyone who believes people with that kind of behavior problem can be fixed is just plain crazy. I was the same age when.... What she went through and what her family must feel everyday of their lives is without a doubt deserving of some solid, real justice. They(those responsible) don't deserve our $ spent for food, housing, healthcare. A bullet would be much more cost effective..."
Just so you know I am all for the death penalty but I can't stand when people say it's more cost effective to just kill someone instead of life in prison...it means they actually know nothing about the death penalty at all. It actually costs tax payers more to put someone to death due to all the appeals they are allowed. But I for one would be more than happy to pay more to have these animals put down.
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May 15, 2011
 
My name is Bridget and I was named after my aunt. My aunt was Bridget Drobney and I wanted to let you all know that your comments had me crying. I am fourteen years old and can personally tell you all that my family does feel the pain of her loss every single day of our lives. I know every time I see my grandmother's face when I stop by to visit on cold, rainy days and see the tears in her eyes. On mother's day and father's day my grandparents are both happy and grateful but there's always that moment where the memories return and they have to face life with the knowledge that one of their babies will never be able to celebrate the day with them. On holidays and birthdays, under the joy, there's always a bitter sadness. Every year on her birthday, I see everyones faces light up with the joy and memories of her. And every day on the anniversary of her death I see their crying, hopeless faces. To think that those monsters are off death row is unexplainable. Those men stopped me from ever being able to meet my aunt. They took away her life and her future. Not only did they take away her life, but they also took a little piece of my grandparents, my mother, my aunt, and my uncle's too. I don't know how they do it, but they wake up every morning, get dressed, put on a happy face and live their lives. Though they'll never forget my aunt, they've found a way to continue living, and that's more than I could ever have done. My mother, Jamie, named me after her sister. For confirmation, some my cousins picked Bridget as their confirmation name. We live in rememberance of her. In my family, she will never be forgotten. Thank you everyone.

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