Convicted murderer and death row inmate Danny Robbie Hembree Jr. is living a life of leisure or at least that’s his take on his death row stay.
In a letter to his hometown newspaper The Gaston Gazette the man who murdered 17-year-old Heather Catterton in 2009 and potentially two other women who he admitted to having sex with on the day of their killings said of his Central Prison stay in Raleigh, N.C.:
“Is the public aware that I am a gentleman of leisure, watching color TV in the A.C., reading, taking naps at will, eating three well balanced hot meals a day,”
Hembree goes on to state:
“I’m housed in a building that connects to the new 55 million dollar hospital with round the clock free medical care 24/7.”
He also calls his murder “lawful.”
While Hembree was only tried for one murder he will go on trial for a second this year after confessing to all three murders in recorded police interviews. He later recanted his confessions and said he only confessed to cover up a string of armed robberies.
In his letter to the local newspaper Hembree also pokes fun at the judicial system:
“I laugh at you self righteous clowns and I spit in the face of your so called justice system. The state of North Carolina has sentenced me to death but it’s not real.”
Speaking to WTVD North Carolina State Representative Paul Stam says the letter shows just how cushy our penal system is becoming as he notes that Hembree will more likely die of natural causes while revealing
“His punishment does not fit his crime at all.”
In the meantime Hembree himself mocks the citizens of Gaston County, N.C. urging them to petition the state to carry out his “murder sentence” sooner rather than later.
“I am a man who is ready to except [sic] his unjustful punishment and face God almighty with a clean conscience unlike you cowards and your cowardly system,” Hembree wrote. “Kill me if you can suckers. Ha! Ha! Ha!”
If this guy is attempting to be as interesting as Gacy, Manson or a combination of any other serial killers from our past he’s failing miserably, I say let him rot in “leisure” after taking away his TV and air conditioning, after all he obviously wants to die.
Do you think that Hembree’s death row letter is just a cry for attention and should the state take away his “leisure time.”