Gwinnett woman condemned to death whi...

Gwinnett woman condemned to death while male killer gets life

There are 23 comments on the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution story from Sep 25, 2007, titled Gwinnett woman condemned to death while male killer gets life. In it, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that:

“Based on what I've seen, a death penalty opponent is somebody who hasn't opened the trunk of a car and seen a burned 2-year-old child in the trunk.”

Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter in 1998 convinced a jury to send Kelly Gissendaner to Georgia's death row, where she is the only woman awaiting execution. via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Jake K

United States

#1 Jan 21, 2008
She should already be dead, wasting my tax dollars
www-askaconvict- com

Greensboro, NC

#2 Jul 13, 2008
What about people who didn't comit the crime like Kelly Gissendaner? He boyfriend was the killer then he got a deal where he would have said anything to avoid the death penalty. He gets parole in 25 years, she get death. Is that justice?
askaconvictdotco m

United States

#3 Sep 16, 2008
Jake K wrote:
She should already be dead, wasting my tax dollars
Jake it is easy to judge people especially when you have not walked in their shoes. Kelley is trying to make amends and help the youth of America not do the same type of stupid stuff she did. Not because she will get out of prison but because she wants to try and make the world a better place.
Don’t worry She will be put to death. I am sure her kids don't feel great about that. I am sure her friends and family don't feel great about it either. I also will miss her. She is doing what she can to make this a better place. What are you doing to help society?
The death penalty isn’t administered equally. Generally the less money you have the greater the possibility you will get death. Kelley got death while the person who actually committed the crime got life. He could be walking the streets one day. He cut a deal to testify against her so he wouldn't get death. Maybe you should write a few inmates and get to know them before you make rash statements. Believe it or not they are people, mothers fathers sisters etc. What if that was your mom? Would you want her fried so you could save your tax dollars?
nbp

United States

#4 Sep 30, 2008
Her history speaks for itself I belive, a lot of people tend to try to tell their story, but the fact is she did mastermind the murder. True the person who really commited the murder does not have the same punishment, he also did not pledge vows to the victim multiple times and carry his (and other's) children. Be upset that the punishment is not something you agree with, but don't say that she does not need to be punished as she seems to be trying to help people now. That crimials can change is not the topic, that her taking another persons life and ruining her own as well as all those people it affected, including her own children, is her fault. Let the punishment stand.
Kinnison

Fayetteville, WV

#5 Oct 21, 2008
You have to think about what they both planned out...Kelley was a twisted person. She planned almost every single detail to kill her husband vs. simpley divorcing him once more. The Psychological aspect of this is Kelley is sick. Honestly I believe she deserves to die because she took a mans life who loved her with all of his heart, who treated her kids as if they were his own...If anyone gets the chance please read "First We'll Kill My Husband" it will give you alot of insight on this case.
Rick

Youngstown, OH

#6 Jun 14, 2010
www-askaconvict-com wrote:
What about people who didn't comit the crime like Kelly Gissendaner? He boyfriend was the killer then he got a deal where he would have said anything to avoid the death penalty. He gets parole in 25 years, she get death. Is that justice?
Let's not be ridiculously naive. Gissendaner made upwards of 40 phone calls to Owen to include one just after the murder. If you read about the case, the jury could find no other way than the death penalty. She did it.
jane

Lawrenceville, GA

#7 Jul 16, 2010
i know kellys family and her kids.. they arent sad shes going to die! they know what she did.. she didnt even want to see them or allow them to visit her! her book is a joke, she knows she did this and now she wants to claim her innocence, YOU ARENT INNOCENT! she has been disturbered her whole life, she was lucky someone like her deceased husband would even want someone like her! yes owen got life, but he wasnt the one who planned every detail of this murder, she did! the two men both loved her for some crazy unknown reason, and she knows if greg woulda left her again she wouldve had NOTHING! yeah kelly didnt kill him herself, but she thought up such a horrible plan to get rid of her childrens father for INSURANCE MONEY! i hope she rotts in hell!
Tony

Atlanta, GA

#8 Sep 6, 2010
I get SO tired of the argument about the unfairness of the application of the death penalty. Blacks are NINE TIMES more likely to commit murder than Whites (DOJ statistic) yet the number of blacks and Whites executed in the U.S. is about even. My suspicion is that this is to remove any chance for defense attorneys to appeal the death sentences of black murderers on the basis of racial bias. It's certainly been an effective strategy, as that defense has been rendered nearly useless. As far as women on death row, it's laughable that any woman would claim an unfair imbalance based on gender. If the argument is based on financial status, that might hold some truth to it, but that doesn't make the murderers less guilty or less deserving of their fate. Defendants that are more well off generally are able to afford attorneys who specialize in winning life sentences for their clients in capital murder cases. Defendants who can't afford such attorneys are left with inexperienced public defenders. The law says that an attorney will be provided for indigent defendants, but it doesn't specify that F. Lee Bailey or William Kuenstler be that partcular lawyer. The main problem that such defendants face is NOT who their attorney is, but the fact that they committed a murder. That's a difficult hurdle to leap. My advice for those who murder is to find some other way to rid yourself of the person you hate besides killing them. Otherwise, prepare for the possibility of being executed. Oh, about Kelly Gissendaner: I'm only sorry that electrocution is no longer the method of execution in Georgia. She deserves to feel pain.
Jenny

Angleton, TX

#9 Sep 20, 2010
askaconvictdotcom wrote:
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Jake it is easy to judge people especially when you have not walked in their shoes. Kelley is trying to make amends and help the youth of America not do the same type of stupid stuff she did. Not because she will get out of prison but because she wants to try and make the world a better place.
Don’t worry She will be put to death. I am sure her kids don't feel great about that. I am sure her friends and family don't feel great about it either. I also will miss her. She is doing what she can to make this a better place. What are you doing to help society?
The death penalty isn’t administered equally. Generally the less money you have the greater the possibility you will get death. Kelley got death while the person who actually committed the crime got life. He could be walking the streets one day. He cut a deal to testify against her so he wouldn't get death. Maybe you should write a few inmates and get to know them before you make rash statements. Believe it or not they are people, mothers fathers sisters etc. What if that was your mom? Would you want her fried so you could save your tax dollars?
Kelly Gissendaner did not hesitate to kill Doug for the price of a house. She did not hesitate to check in the woods to see if he was dead or to bring gasoline to burn his car. Nor did she have any compunction about looking at his dead body in the coroner's morgue. She threatened to life of her witnesses from jail. What more could you want to convice you that she should have been given the death she so richly deserves! For pete's sake!
Jenny

Angleton, TX

#10 Sep 20, 2010
Kelly Gissendaner deserves to have been put to death years ago. She is the coldest, deadliest person you can find. What appalls me is that she fights with everything in her for her life, while Doug's life meant no more to her than the price of a house! I don't care if she is trying to change. I don't believe it anyway. She is just doing what every other killer has tried to do from jail, either get out or avoid dying. Doug Gissendaner is dead because of her. I say, a life for a life. For pete's sake!
Georye

Dunnsville, VA

#11 Dec 29, 2011
She is the worst form of human trash. A savage murderer. She should be executed immediately.

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#12 Jan 19, 2012
I get so tired of reading comments like this. How many of you who have posted comments saying things like "She should be dead already, waisting my tax dollars." or exclaiming that she is guilty for the crime, are Catholic, Christian or any other religion that follows the bible? Ms. Gissendaner has been tried and convicted of a crime in which she has repeatedly claimed innocence. She has been sentenced to death and as sad as it is she will eventually be executed. To those who are Catholic, Christian, Mormon, or what ever the bible says "Judge not least ye be judge thy self" does it not? And even though the justice system of the united states has tried her and decided on a punishment after finding her guilty of a crime does that really give you the right to condem her? The bible says that the only person who has the right to judge is the lord god himself. Now think about this for a moment if you will. Does the "eye for and eye" or as its more commonly known The Death Penalty really solve anything? All it does is reenforce that murder is okay as long as it's used as a punishment. While I don't believe that those who are truly guilty of a murder should be set free to roam the streets of our country I do not believe that they should be put to death. This country doesn't look at the person, they look at the crime. Since 1973 about 138 prisoners who were on death row have been released after an appeal found them innocent. What gives us the right to murder some one for murdering some one? Life imprisonment with out the possibility of parol in the long run is still a death sentence but it gives the prisoner a chance to have a semi-decent quality of life. Is it not enough that we strip them of there rights, destroy there families who on average around 70% turn their backs on a family member who is convicted of a crime. Must we put those convicts to death, which sends a message to the younger generations that killing is fine as long as its a punishment? To those of you who think that those who murder are human trash think about this 65% of those who are in prison for murder were convicted of their crime because some one struck a deal with the DA to avoid going to jail for the same crime themselves. Before you begin condemning people for anything stop and think what if this person was your brother, your mother, your sister, your father would you still feel the same way? Would they still be as Georye from Fredericksburg, VA says be the worst form of human trash? You should never judge a person by there actions, but by who they truly are everyone makes mistakes. Yes some mistakes are horrible, devastating mistakes that do deserve server punishment but the answer should never be Death. Take the time write a convict get to know them. Search google for a website called ask a convict it is a site that hold ad's from convicts searching for Pen Pals. Get to know THE PERSON NOT THE CRIME before you make a decision.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

LIFE. The constitution of the United States of America states it plain as day that everyone deserves the right to life. Even those who have stolen that right from some one else. The death penalty is against the constitution. Wake up People what kind of message are we sending to our kids by allowing the death penalty?
kim

Leithfield, New Zealand

#13 Aug 11, 2012
Oh I cant believe the hatred in your words...people who kill do so because their upbringing was inadequate, You may do the same if you walked in the murders shoes. Personalities are made up of chemical reactions in the brain, programmed from in the uterus and early childhood. Until we develop programmes to reparent and change those chemical reactions then murder will continue to happen. Putting people to death is like throwing people to the lions because we think they are "sick". It is as evil to me as the deed of murder is.
Not ignorant

Little River, SC

#14 Sep 3, 2012
kim wrote:
Oh I cant believe the hatred in your words...people who kill do so because their upbringing was inadequate, You may do the same if you walked in the murders shoes. Personalities are made up of chemical reactions in the brain, programmed from in the uterus and early childhood. Until we develop programmes to reparent and change those chemical reactions then murder will continue to happen. Putting people to death is like throwing people to the lions because we think they are "sick". It is as evil to me as the deed of murder is.
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Are you kidding? Has anyone in your family been murdered? How about your own child? The only chemical reaction in her brain is called GREED. I don't want these kind of people walking the streets where I live. Plenty of people, in fact most, who have a bad upbringing, do not plot horrific murders. By the way, this is not hatred in my words, it is justice. Most of the time, I have better things to do than write on a stupid forum, I have never before. However, some of you people are ignorant.
Stephen

Dublin, Ireland

#15 Oct 27, 2012
kim wrote:
Oh I cant believe the hatred in your words...people who kill do so because their upbringing was inadequate
Oh PLEASE! This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read.
There are billions of people who have had worse upbringings and who have never committed a crime in their lives. Do you know how many serial killers have had perfect upbringings?
The people who kill for nothing more than to satisfy their own greed are just evil..not sick..evil. And most of them, like Kelly, have no remorse and spend their days blaming other people. Nobody mentions that Kelly also tried to get someone on the outside to rob and beat the members of the jury in an attempt to get her case dismissed. Is that the way an innocent woman? Still to this day she proclaims her innocence despite confessing the details to her best friend.
The only thing wrong in this whole thing, in my opinion, is that the boyfriend should have got the death penalty too.
Alexander Thompson

Newton Falls, OH

#16 Sep 26, 2014
www-askaconvict-com wrote:
What about people who didn't comit the crime like Kelly Gissendaner? He boyfriend was the killer then he got a deal where he would have said anything to avoid the death penalty. He gets parole in 25 years, she get death. Is that justice?
He doesnt get parole in 25. He is eligible in 25. 2 entirely different things.
LISA

Garden City, MI

#17 Sep 26, 2014
www-askaconvict-com wrote:
What about people who didn't comit the crime like Kelly Gissendaner? He boyfriend was the killer then he got a deal where he would have said anything to avoid the death penalty. He gets parole in 25 years, she get death. Is that justice?
She told him to do the crime?
She drove him to her house to wait for her husband to come home so the crime could be committed?
She gave the man she was committing adultery with the weapons to kill her husband?
She showed up right after to make sure her husband was indeed dead?
She burned her husband's car?
She let her husband (the father of one of her kids at least) lay out their alone to decompose and let the animals get to, for 11 days, instead of telling someone where he was And making sure her child's father got a proper Christian burial?
She claims to be the victim now because she got death for her crime against society and her husband and the other person MIGHT get parole in 25 years?
All she had to do was divorce him again, I'm sure the man would have given her the house in the divorce for at least the children's sake?
And what about her husband's family???
First of all, he's gone from them forever, and what about what they went through for those 11 days he was missing, and after he was found, and after learning all the details of what happened to him, and what they will go through for the rest of their lives?
And she now cries victim? Really???
No judgment, just facts and questions.
Trying to make it up???
Since she can't give her husband back the life she took, I don't see making this up to anyone. Do you???
Also, she took her child's father away from her child which victimized her child, and all her children has to live down and hide the fact their "mother" is a murderer on death row from judgmental people.
Their was a lot more than one victim in the crime She committed.
LISA

Garden City, MI

#18 Sep 26, 2014
Jake K wrote:
She should already be dead, wasting my tax dollars
So she's the victim???
LISA

Detroit, MI

#19 Sep 26, 2014
www-askaconvict-com wrote:
What about people who didn't comit the crime like Kelly Gissendaner? He boyfriend was the killer then he got a deal where he would have said anything to avoid the death penalty. He gets parole in 25 years, she get death. Is that justice?
If my mother had my father killed and showed up to make sure he was dead and burned his car and left him laying out there to rot all alone knowing where he was the entire 11 days and causing me to worry where my father was and if he was okay and yadda- yadda- yadda.
If my mother killed my father or had it done, absolutely I would want to see justice carried out and not my tax dollars wasted. Absolutely!
Right is right and wrong is wrong, and nobody is above the law, or God's commandments.
I would only hope she got right with God before her execution.
Her husband didn't get all these years to worry and fight for his life. He was taken out and killed with no mercy.
whateverrrrrr

Athens, GA

#20 Oct 20, 2014
Jane- you really don't have any clue what you're talking about

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