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Wednesday, August 28, 2013


On this date, August 28, 2001, Jack Dale Walker was executed by lethal injection in Oklahoma for the Dec. 30, 1988, stabbing deaths of 17-year-old Shelly Ellison and her uncle, 30-year-old Donald Gary Epperson.

Jack Dale Walker

Summary: Walker was executed for the Dec. 30, 1988, stabbing deaths of 17-year-old Shelly Ellison and her uncle, 30-year-old Donald Gary Epperson. Walker was the estranged boyfriend of Shelley Ellison and the father of her 3-month old son, Joshua. Walker went to the Epperson home where Ellison was staying, but grew angry once inside the home in an argument over custody and attacked Ellison with a hunting knife. Donald Epperson came out of a bedroom to help her and began fighting with Walker. Ellison managed to dial 911 during the attack: "He's stabbing me. I'm dead. Please." When police arrived Ellison was dead. She had been stabbed 32 times, including several times with an ice pick. Donald Epperson suffered 11 stab wounds. Although he was conscious when police arrived at the home, he later died from his wounds. Ellison's grandmother, Juanita Epperson, was also wounded in the attack, suffering a broken arm and a stab wound after trying to stop Walker by hitting him with a pipe wrench. Walker was arrested at the scene. Joshua Ellison, the son of Walker and Shelly Ellison, who was three months old at the time of the murders, wrote a letter to the state Pardon and Parole Board in support of the execution.

QUOTE 1: Joshua Ellison, the son of Walker and Shelly Ellison, was three months old at the time of the murders. Now 13, Joshua Ellison wrote a letter to the state Pardon and Parole Board in support of Walker's execution. "Sometimes I think about what life would be like if my mom were alive, but then I come to my senses and realize that was destroyed by one man, Jack Walker," he wrote. "I think Jack Walker should pay for what he did to my mother. I think he should die for taking my mom away from me."

QUOTE 2: Seventeen of Ellison's and Epperson's family members witnessed the execution. Some said they regretted Walker's death was so peaceful when compared with the deaths of their family members. "The laws of Oklahoma would never allow for the type of death we would have chosen for Walker," said Kathy Ellison, the mother of one of Walker's victims and the sister of the other. "We believe if you live by the sword, you should die by the sword. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


            On this date, August 27, 1984, Reverend Jean Ernest Darter was murdered by Perrie Dyon Simpson in Reidsville, North Carolina. Perrie Simpson was executed by lethal injection in North Carolina, 22 years later on January 20, 2006. Reverend Darter was a chaplain in the U.S Army during World War II. 
           To learn more about the case, please go to this previous blog post. We will put up a statement from the victim’s family:

Reverend Jean Ernest Darter

Statement by The Family Of Rev. Jean Earnest Darter

Our grandfather Jean Earnest Darter was a kind, gentle man who lived his life in service to others.

We, the family, live with the memory of terror Perrie Simpson inflicted upon Rev. Darter, but we are not interested in sympathy or being portrayed as victims. Life goes on and we do our best to make the most of it. Our grandfather would want it that way.

In attending the execution, we are honoring the wishes and memory of our parents and the life of our grandfather. We respect the legal decision determined with extreme care by three sets of jurors in three separate trials. We are thankful for the dedication of the officers, investigators, attorneys, and other legal professionals that worked long hours to properly determine Perrie Simpson's guilt and appropriate sentence.

We believe the death penalty saves lives. Clemson and Emory Universities determined 18 lives are saved as a result of each execution. Other studies indicate that each death sentence and subsequent execution deters up to 25 murders annually.

We hope coverage of Perrie Simpson's death sentence and execution will cause others to think about the consequences of taking a life, respect the law, and increase the value people place on the life of others.

Sincerely, Curtis Faircloth, Grandson The Family of Jean Earnest Darter 

            As a number of us, VFFDP are Born Again Christians, we will dedicate three prayers from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer for him and his family.

A Prayer for All Conditions of Men:
O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for thy holy Church universal; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are in any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [especially those for whom our prayers are desired]; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

Burial of the Dead 1662:
I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write; From henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: even so saith the Spirit; for they rest from their labours.

Burial of the Dead 1662:
ALMIGHTY God, with whom do live the spirits of them that depart hence in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burden of the flesh, are in joy and felicity: We give thee hearty thanks, for that it hath pleased thee to deliver this our brother out of the miseries of this sinful world; beseeching thee that it may please thee, of thy gracious goodness, shortly to accomplish the number of thine elect, and to hasten thy kingdom; that we, with all those that are departed in the true faith of thy holy Name, may have our perfect consummation and bliss, both in body and soul, in thy eternal and everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

            We will also dedicate this song called, ‘The Mansions of the Lord’ to him and his family, as he was a World War II veteran.

Marine Corps War Memorial