I am Catherine Burke –
Mother of a Murdered Child – AND – Victim of Violent Crime!
Protection is the only reason to Vote NO on Proposition 34!
Throughout the history of our country, change only came after someone had reason enough to stand before us and lead the way! I stand before you now – and Saskia is my reason!
In a Mass Murderous attack upon the Burke family while they lay sleeping, Saskia Savana Burke was brutally stabbed to death at 4am here in our home December 20, 2011... Her murderer, William Gary Simpson, has been arrested and charged with Saskia’s murder, 2 counts attempted murder, several counts of special circumstances including lying in wait.
HE IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE DEATH PENALTY. Saskia was only 18 years-1 month-14 days-28 minutes old, in the middle of her Senior Year of High School - academically brilliant, and loved by all!
William Gary Simpson stabbed Saskia in her left cheek, the force of the knife breaking her 3 molars on her bottom left jaw, shoving the knife all the way through her face, the blade going out her right cheek... AFTER PULLING THE KNIFE OUT, he stabbed her again, the force of the knife going into her right cheek, at a downward angle, slicing through her tongue, cutting through the muscle and tendons in her jaw and severing her artery, all 12+ inches of the blade going in all the way to her heart... After PULLING THE KNIFE OUT AGAIN, he then stabbed her in the chest - severing both her lungs and the ventricle to her heart...
She lived long enough for us to helplessly watch her die! My 13-year-old daughter stood on the steps, hearing and watching all of this!
I will NEVER FORGET LOOKING INTO WILLIAM GARY SIMPSON’S SMILING FACE, THE HORROR OF REALIZING WHO HE WAS!!!
I would have never thought, I would find myself to be the mother of a murdered child, the victim of a heinous, violent crime. We were Once the Burke’s – good, moral parents, who raised our children in a very loving home. Our murderer, coveted that love we had… And came to murder us all!
William Gary Simpson took our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness when he CHOSE to commit mass murder. He took these rights from us, FOREVER when he murdered Saskia! William Gary Simpson destroyed our lives, in too many ways for anyone who isn’t standing in our shoes to imagine! Join me in putting political views, religious beliefs, and personal feelings aside – to finally change our laws! Throughout the history of our country, change only came after someone had reason enough to stand before us and lead the way! I stand before you now – and Saskia is my reason!
Revenge and Justice are all we ever hear, from everyone! It is all that is discussed from the Victims standpoint, when looking at the Death Penalty. But I have a different perspective, from within this inadequate justice system we currently bear… For there is truly no Revenge great enough, no Justice powerful enough to make ANY DIFFERNCE AT ALL…
For you see, I am left to live a life now, which is truly TOO INHUMANE to be forced to live. And I hope you can all open your eyes, to see what it is to be a VICTIM, and extend to VICTIMS such as us, the same understanding, compassion, and HUMANITY that is all too often offered more to the MURDERERS!
Vote NO on Proposition 34 - If you can't do it for yourself, do it for your children...
My 14 year old daughter, Kessa, is waiting... To stand behind the glass, and watch as they execute William Gary Simpson. She can't feel SAFE, until he is DEAD. She speaks of this, every single day! Because she has nightmares of what Simpson did, every single night. It is her way of dealing with the trauma of witnessing Simpson murder her sister! It is this hope to see him die, that keeps her going forward, for now...
And for ME? I saw everything that demon, William Gary Simpson, did on December 20, 2011… I now know it is true – that MONSTERS DO EXIST!
And I am living proof, THAT NO ONE IS SAFE!