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April 19, 1992 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alejandro Gilbert Ruiz, a quiet man with an explosive temper and a fascination for voodoo, was sentenced to death 12 years ago after murdering his third wife and later killing his fifth wife and her teen-age son. Robert Cruz McLain, a stoic man with a long history of sex crimes, was sent to Death Row one year later for raping and fatally shooting a young hitchhiker, then dumping her body in a trash can at a park near Santa Paula.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2008 | Joanna Lin
A man was sentenced to death Thursday for killing two women and a teenage girl and sexually assaulting and attempting to murder a child in Los Angeles in 1999 and 2000. Barry Wendell Mosley, 49, was sentenced to death plus 225 years to life at Torrance Superior Court, following a jury's recommendations. He will be transferred to San Quentin's Death Row. Mosley was convicted in August of the sexual assault and murder of Adrienne Reed, 29, in her home in 2000. He also sexually assaulted and tried to kill Reed's 8-year-old daughter before burglarizing their home and fleeing, district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said in a statement.
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NEWS
October 31, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal appeals court has halted court-ordered improvements in living conditions on San Quentin's Death Row until it can hear the state's objections to the changes at the aging Bay Area prison. In an emergency order handed down in San Francisco, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the court-ordered improvements at San Quentin's condemned wing, pending a further hearing. U.S. District Judge Stanley Weigel ordered the improvements Oct. 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2001 | AL MARTINEZ
Seeing them for the first time, one might assume they are store clerks or office workers taking an early lunch. There is nothing unusual about their appearance, either in clothing or gesture, that would connect them with San Quentin's death row. One expects, perhaps unfairly so, the mothers of condemned men to somehow reflect the brutality of the crimes their sons have been convicted of committing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1992
In response to "Death Row Inmates File Suit to Father Children," Dec. 31: The procreative rights lawsuit of 14 killers on San Quentin's Death Row provides the most egregious example in recent memory of the true status of children. The demand for genetic immortality (the condemned evidently aren't suing to adopt) is implied; the related "desperation" of "some (of the inmates') parents . . . for a grandchild" is specifically cited. Yet, typical of the larger dysfunctional society, there's total welfare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
An inmate on San Quentin's Death Row was moved out of his cell and notified that he would be receiving his last meal Thursday before a Los Angeles federal judge granted a last-minute stay, 19 1/2 hours before his scheduled execution. Though the stay was expected, "this one got kind of close to the wire," admitted Deputy Atty. Gen. Frederick R. Millar Jr. after U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real signed an order on behalf of Melvin Wade, facing the death penalty for the 1981 torture murder of his 10-year-old stepdaughter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1995
Why on earth is Mark Scott Thornton, convicted and confessed killer of Kellie O'Sullivan, going to be allowed to file an appeal of his death sentence? If the death sentence was his victory, as he said in your March 23 article, why should taxpayers be put to any more expense on his account? It was infuriating to read of him so smugly speaking about his anticipated stay on San Quentin's Death Row, where he said he could "live in peace." Do you think he has ever once thought about actually being executed?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2001 | AL MARTINEZ
Seeing them for the first time, one might assume they are store clerks or office workers taking an early lunch. There is nothing unusual about their appearance, either in clothing or gesture, that would connect them with San Quentin's death row. One expects, perhaps unfairly so, the mothers of condemned men to somehow reflect the brutality of the crimes their sons have been convicted of committing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1994
Not long ago in the San Fernando Valley a young black man was convicted of a brutal double murder. His crime was cruel and coldblooded. For a little less than $500 he robbed and murdered a young man closing up a sandwich shop. The killer also murdered a bystander. I wonder what the outcome would have been for this quiet owlish killer and former college student had he been able to afford a defense lawyer of, say, the caliber of a Leslie Abramson or Robert Shapiro. He would probably still be awaiting trial while his attorneys prepared to dazzle a jury with mitigating factors set deep in his childhood or social circumstances.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1996 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Dead man missing. As a proponent of executing serial killer William G. Bonin, I wanted to watch the miserable creep die shortly after midnight Friday. Really! I couldn't have cared less what he ate for his last meal. Or that he spent some of his last evening watching "Jeopardy!" Or that his cell on San Quentin's death row was 13 steps from the former gas chamber where he was to depart for the big dumper via lethal injection. Or if reporters invited to witness his death were jittery.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1996 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Dead man missing. As a proponent of executing serial killer William G. Bonin, I wanted to watch the miserable creep die shortly after midnight Friday. Really! I couldn't have cared less what he ate for his last meal. Or that he spent some of his last evening watching "Jeopardy!" Or that his cell on San Quentin's death row was 13 steps from the former gas chamber where he was to depart for the big dumper via lethal injection. Or if reporters invited to witness his death were jittery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1995
Why on earth is Mark Scott Thornton, convicted and confessed killer of Kellie O'Sullivan, going to be allowed to file an appeal of his death sentence? If the death sentence was his victory, as he said in your March 23 article, why should taxpayers be put to any more expense on his account? It was infuriating to read of him so smugly speaking about his anticipated stay on San Quentin's Death Row, where he said he could "live in peace." Do you think he has ever once thought about actually being executed?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1994
Not long ago in the San Fernando Valley a young black man was convicted of a brutal double murder. His crime was cruel and coldblooded. For a little less than $500 he robbed and murdered a young man closing up a sandwich shop. The killer also murdered a bystander. I wonder what the outcome would have been for this quiet owlish killer and former college student had he been able to afford a defense lawyer of, say, the caliber of a Leslie Abramson or Robert Shapiro. He would probably still be awaiting trial while his attorneys prepared to dazzle a jury with mitigating factors set deep in his childhood or social circumstances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1992 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alejandro Gilbert Ruiz, a quiet man with an explosive temper and a fascination for voodoo, was sentenced to death 12 years ago after murdering his third wife and later killing his fifth wife and her teen-age son. Robert Cruz McLain, a stoic man with a long history of sex crimes, was sent to Death Row one year later for raping and fatally shooting a young hitchhiker, then dumping her body in a trash can at a park near Santa Paula.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1992
In response to "Death Row Inmates File Suit to Father Children," Dec. 31: The procreative rights lawsuit of 14 killers on San Quentin's Death Row provides the most egregious example in recent memory of the true status of children. The demand for genetic immortality (the condemned evidently aren't suing to adopt) is implied; the related "desperation" of "some (of the inmates') parents . . . for a grandchild" is specifically cited. Yet, typical of the larger dysfunctional society, there's total welfare.
NEWS
October 31, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal appeals court has halted court-ordered improvements in living conditions on San Quentin's Death Row until it can hear the state's objections to the changes at the aging Bay Area prison. In an emergency order handed down in San Francisco, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the court-ordered improvements at San Quentin's condemned wing, pending a further hearing. U.S. District Judge Stanley Weigel ordered the improvements Oct. 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2008 | Joanna Lin
A man was sentenced to death Thursday for killing two women and a teenage girl and sexually assaulting and attempting to murder a child in Los Angeles in 1999 and 2000. Barry Wendell Mosley, 49, was sentenced to death plus 225 years to life at Torrance Superior Court, following a jury's recommendations. He will be transferred to San Quentin's Death Row. Mosley was convicted in August of the sexual assault and murder of Adrienne Reed, 29, in her home in 2000. He also sexually assaulted and tried to kill Reed's 8-year-old daughter before burglarizing their home and fleeing, district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
An inmate on San Quentin's Death Row was moved out of his cell and notified that he would be receiving his last meal Thursday before a Los Angeles federal judge granted a last-minute stay, 19 1/2 hours before his scheduled execution. Though the stay was expected, "this one got kind of close to the wire," admitted Deputy Atty. Gen. Frederick R. Millar Jr. after U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real signed an order on behalf of Melvin Wade, facing the death penalty for the 1981 torture murder of his 10-year-old stepdaughter.
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