(See “Mississippi Schedules a Murder, Part I” here.)
The state of Mississippi has committed murder. No doubt the red-neck, white-trash, blue-collar trolls who think that it can’t happen to them or one of their family members are dancing with joy, reveling in their temporarily-sated bloodlust inbetween pious and completely phony exhortations about the sanctity of life.
Now how bizarre is it that Mississippi’s governor, Haley Barbour, could see fit to commute the life sentence of murderer Michael David Graham and set him free, but not show the same clemency to a mentally-ill man who didn’t kill anyone?
Graham, 54, has served 19 years of a life sentence. On April 7, 1989, Graham pulled up next to his ex-wife, Adrienne Klasky Graham, aimed a 12-gauge shotgun at her as she sat in her car waiting for a traffic signal at the Jackson Avenue and Pascagoula Street intersection, fired and killed her. The couple had been divorced three years, yet Graham reportedly stalked and threatened his ex-wife during that time. It is easy to assume she lived and died in a state of terror.
A retired Pascagoula police officer, Jamie Hunter, said the close range shotgun blast to the head was “gruesome. ”
Klasky’s father, Lyle owner of the old Brumfield’s Department Store, was across the street when the murder occurred, according to Hunter. One can only imagine the horror that father experienced when he viewed the crime scene…
The gravity of the crime would seem to preclude parole. Graham publicly executed the mother of his two boys.
Oh, wait. Maybe this explains Barbour’s unusual action:
For the past eight years, Graham has been a trusty at the governor’s mansion. Perhaps it is in that setting that Graham gained the favor he was denied by the parole board.
Wonder what Graham is blackmailing Barbour with? If only Bishop had been a position to do the same, I bet he’d be alive.