19 years ago on this day (31 December 1993), Twila Busby and her two adult sons were murdered in Texas. I will give my condolences to the Busby family and also write a rebuttal essay to the abolitionists.
As usual, “innocent, innocent, innocent” propaganda, there is a website in support of that killer, ‘Justice For Hank Skinner’ http://www.hankskinner.org/#. Since I became a supporter of the death penalty, I researched the court transcripts and victims’ rights websites; I will NOT even waste a second to read that dishonest anti-death penalty garbage.
I got this information about the case from:
Henry Watkins Skinner lived with Twila Busby and her two adult sons, Randy Busby and Elwin Caler, both of whom had mental retardation. Between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m., on December 31, 1993, Howard Mitchell came to the residence to take Skinner and Twila to a New Year's Eve party. Howard found Skinner asleep on the couch and was unable to wake him. Skinner had apparently been drinking. Leaving Skinner on the couch, Twila and Howard went to the party, but Twila soon asked to be taken home because her uncle, Robert Donnell, was drunk and was following her around, making rude sexual advances, and generally agitating her. Howard drove Twila home between 11:00 and 11:15 p.m., and left. At around midnight, Elwin showed up on a neighbor's porch with stab wounds, from which he subsequently died. Twila was found dead on the living room floor of her home, and Randy's dead body was found lying face down on the top bunk bed in the sons' bedroom. Skinner was found by police at Andrea Reed's house, located three-and-a-half to four blocks away, at around 3:00 a.m. When the police found him, Skinner was standing in a closet and wearing clothing that was heavily stained in blood on both the front and back. At trial, Andrea testified that Skinner arrived at her house at around midnight and that they conversed for three hours. She did not know how he entered her trailer, but when she saw him, he took his shirt off and laid it on a chair. Skinner had a bleeding cut in his right hand. He heated up sewing needles and attempted to bend them to sew up his hand, and then he asked her to sew it, and she agreed. At some point, he went to the bathroom by himself. During their conversation, Andrea attempted to leave the room and call the police, but Skinner stopped her and threatened to kill her. Skinner told Andrea multiple stories about what happened at his home. He claimed that a Mexican came to the door and pulled a knife, that Twila was in bed with her ex-husband with whom Skinner got into a fist-fight, that Skinner thought he had killed Twila by trying to kick her to death, that Ricky Palmer broke into the house, and that cocaine dealers were looking for Twila and wanted her really bad. The medical examiner found that Twila had been strangled into unconsciousness and subsequently beaten at least fourteen times about the face and head with a club. DNA testing matched the blood on Skinner's clothing to Twila and Elwin. Three bloody handprints matching Skinner's were found in the house: one in the sons' bedroom and two on doorknobs leading out the back door. A toxicological test of Skinner's blood, conducted at 5:48 a.m., showed that Skinner had 0.11 milligrams of codeine per liter of blood and a blood alcohol level of 0.11. Defense counsel presented three defenses at trial. First, defense counsel focused on the State's failure to test some of the DNA evidence to show that the State engaged in a sloppy investigation. Second, defense counsel painted Robert Donnell as an alternate suspect who could have committed the murders. Finally, defense counsel presented evidence that Skinner was too incapacitated by his intoxication to have committed the murders. Dr. William Lowry, the defense toxicologist, testified that most people at Skinner's level of intoxication would be comatose or asleep, and in any event, between 12:00 and 3:30 a.m., Skinner would have been in a stupor, with impaired consciousness, general apathy, and an inability to stand or walk. Dr. Lowry believed that Skinner was too incapacitated to travel to different rooms to kill the victims. However, Dr. Lowry was surprised that Skinner could locate Andrea's house at midnight and that he asked her to sew up his hand. Skinner was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death.
I also encourage those who truly care for the victims and their families to read the following sites:
My response to the Abolitionists:
The killer, Hank Skinner married Sandrine Ageorges while on Texas death row in 2008. Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner, a French national, has been an anti-death penalty activist for more than 30 years—well before she met Skinner. She has corresponded with numerous death row inmates and has participated in numerous protests against the death penalty. Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner was banned from visiting or corresponding with Mr. Skinner because of violations of prison policies—a charge both claim was fabricated but, because the Texas Department of Criminal Justice refuses to release records, the claim cannot be supported or contradicted. Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner has received the official support of the French Government in her persistent efforts to save her husband from execution and prove his innocence. France generally opposes the death penalty in all cases.
I would like to say several things to Sandrine Ageorges:
“You have your own criminals to deal with in your own country, why do you want the French government and the European Union to interfere with Texas? Even the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott told the EU to leave them alone.”
“Do you know you are bringing pain to Lisa Busby and her family members? Please be sensitive to their feelings, what if it was your family member who was murdered instead?”
“If you love to correspond with Death Row Inmates, why can you not go to Islamic countries or other Asian countries? Why? It is because I know the government there will kick you out for sure.”
“I heard you once calling Texas, ‘killing fields’ because they execute murderers. No way, the real killing fields are countries with high homicide rates like Brazil, Mexico and South Africa.”
“Whenever the abolitionists use former exonerated Death Row inmates to speak, they are not telling you that one of them, Joseph Green Brown has just murdered his wife. On April 8, 2010, former death row inmate Timothy B. Hennis, once exonerated in 1989, was reconvicted of a triple murder, thereby dropping him from the list of those exonerated. He was sentenced to death by military court-martial 15 April 2010.”
Please think of the Busby family and ignore those abolitionists in Texas. When I hear them shout, “Stop executions now!” and carry that slogan.
I wonder if they would bother doing that at the embassies of the following countries for these criminals:
Indian Embassy for Ajmal Kasab?
Indonesian Embassy for Amrozi?
Iran Embassy for The Black Vultures?
Japanese Embassy for their violent criminals?
United Arab Emirates Embassy for Al Rashidi?
Anyway, here is the latest news:
Attorney General: DNA tests implicate Hank Skinner in 1993 murders
by Travis Ruiz
Posted: 11.14.2012 at 3:12 PM
Updated: 11.15.2012 at 8:40 AM
New DNA testing further implicates convicted murderer Henry "Hank" Skinner for the crime, according to the Texas Attorney General.
Pronews 7 obtained the documents on Wednesday afternoon which were filed in a Gray County State District Court.
Skinner was convicted in 1995 for the 1993 Pampa murders of Twila Busby, his live-in girlfriend and her two grown sons. The murder happened on New Year's Eve.
Initial DNA testing in 1995 implicated Skinner by showing that he was at the crime scene.
The new DNA results showed Skinner's blood in the back bedrooms of the home where the murder happened.
Skinner's DNA, according to the Attorney General's advisory, was also found on the handle of a bloody knife taken from the front porch of the home. At least one other contributor's DNA was also on the knife, according to the Attorney General.
While Skinner has not contested that he was at the crime scene, he maintained his innocence. He said he was unconscious and intoxicated on the couch at the time of the murders.
Skinner's attorney said the results should not have been released since the testing is still in progress.
"We find it troubling that the Attorney General's Office has seen fit to release partial results of the DNA testing and submit its 'advisory' to the court while the DNA testing is still in progress," said Rob Owen, attorney for Hank Skinner. "The partial results which have been produced by the initial round of DNA testing show that at least one person other than Hank Skinner and the victims may have been present in the house on the night the murders took place, and may have had contact with one of the weapons used in the killings."
Skinner was sentenced to the death penalty. He once came within one hour of being executed. Several times, the execution was postponed.
Skinner had contended that new DNA testing would show that he was innocent. Starting in 2000, he pleaded for more DNA testing.
"We have requested additional DNA testing that could improve the quality of the unknown DNA profile from the carpet sample, to allow authorities to submit it to CODIS, the national law enforcement DNA database, to search for matches there," Owen said. "We have also requested additional DNA testing of the stains from the knife, likewise hoping to develop further the DNA profile of the third contributor."
Click the video below to see archived footage from the 1993 murders.