US death penalty, Lisa Montgomery first execution since 1953

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A woman will be executed for committing a heinous murder and she will be there before execution of a woman in the USA since 1953. Is called Lisa Montgomery, today she is 53 years old and her story is sparking a heated debate between two different fronts, that is, between those who ask for a pardon and those who consider it a useless persistence to leave someone so “broken” alive that they can never be recovered. “One punch after another, one rape after another, this is how a killer is made,” he titled New York Times summarizing the path paved with shards that Lisa Montgomery walked barefoot since she was a child. But on the other hand there are those who point out that too little is said about his victim Bobbie Jo Stinnett, the 23-year-old brutally killed by Montgomery to take possession of the eight-month-old baby girl she was carrying. A moral dilemma that is not new, but that in 2020 with social media, raises a revision.

To draw personal conclusions about the story, you need to profile Lisa Montgomery keeping the posting of a detective. At birth, she had been diagnosed with neurological problems due to her mother’s alcoholism. At three she had witnessed the rape of her eight-year-old sister by a man with whom they had been left alone in the house, but when she was 11 it was her turn. The first to abuse her was her stepfather who then kept her segregated, available for the sexual perversions of his friends. At that point, the mother thought of monetizing that daughter now without an innocence to defend, selling her when the family needed money to repair a broken pipe or a dripping roof.

To dissociate herself from the horror, Lisa Montgomery developed psychiatric disorders that no one has ever seriously treated her. At 18, she married a stepbrother who started beating her after the wedding. From that moment Lisa began pretending to be pregnant to minimize the abuse, but also to take refuge in a lie that, in the end, she too believed. It is in this state of mind that she meets Bobbie Jo Stinnett in a terrier puppy sales chat. Stinnett, who runs a dog farm with her husband, makes the mistake of confiding to her that she is eight months pregnant, Lisa tells her that she is also expecting and pretends to be interested in buying a dog. They agree, and Montgomery gets in the car and drives nearly 200 kilometers from Kansas to Stinnett in Skidmore, Missouri. When the breeder welcomes her into the house, Lisa Montgomery strangles her with a clothesline and brutally pulls the baby out of her womb with a kitchen knife.

maryville, mo   december 20  a police line still remains outside the home of zeb and bobbi jo stinnett december 20, 2004 in skidmore, missouri bobbi jo was murdered december 16, 2004 and her unborn baby victoria jo stinnett cut from her womb and transported across state lines to the home of lisa montgomery who was arrested and charged with kidnapping resulting in murder on december 17  photo by larry w smithgetty images

Bobbie Jo Stinnett’s home where the murder took place

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The police track her and arrest her at her home, while she is taking care of the little girl who is miraculously alive, and who she claims is hers. At the trial, Lisa is defended only by male lawyers who underestimate the devastation of the sexual abuse suffered by the defendant and do not consider requesting a psychiatric examination, aiming only to find someone else to charge. Lisa Montgomery is condemned even if obviously disturbed. 16 years have passed since that horror and the woman, now 53, remained suspended on death row while the US community wondered about the possibility of abolishing the death penalty once and for all. With his election to the presidency, Donald J Trump instead gave the green light and ten sentences were carried out during his term, including those of the first Native American, of two men who were teenagers when they committed the crime, and one who did it. he had committed in a state where the death penalty is not in force. Lisa Montgomery was supposed to be executed in October 2020, but the date was postponed because the lawyers who are handling the request for pardon had contracted Covid.

The date of the execution was moved to January 12, 2021 and if at the time of the sentence the social networks were not yet there, today the news is viral it is no longer just a matter of the United States. Appeals to ask for leniency spread, one also launched by his sister, but also those of those who ask not to have mercy for someone who has embarked on a long journey with determination bringing a rope and a knife from home. A debate which unfortunately Victoria, the daughter of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who is now a teenager, is also witnessing. What to think and say about such a divisive situation? Impossible to justify, impossible to condemn. International newspapers, from New York Times to BBC are perplexed by the idea of ​​the execution of someone who does not have his mental faculties, while the American newspapers of the circuit seem to be in favor Newspress read by the extreme republican fringes, those who second Politico they are the only ones left to support Donald Trump. Pending a personal opinion, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that the death penalty, in the countries where it is applied, has never solved crime.

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