When one person kills another, there is immediate revulsion at the nature of the crime. But in a time so short as to seem indecent to the members of the personal family, the dead person ceases to exist as an identifiable figure. To those individuals in the community of good will and empathy, warmth and compassion, only one of the key actors in the drama remains with whom to commiserate—and that is always the criminal. The dead person ceases to be a part of everyday reality, ceases to exist. She is only a figure in a historic event. We inevitably turn away from the past, toward the ongoing reality. And the ongoing reality is the criminal; trapped, anxious, now helpless, isolated, often badgered and bewildered. He usurps the compassion that is justly his victim’s due. He will steal his victim’s moral constituency along with her life.
- The Killing of Bonnie Garland, by Willard Gaylin
The Los Angeles County District Attorney had this to say about the case:
On February 28, 1979, Stanley Williams murdered Albert Lewis Owens during a robbery of a 7-Eleven convenience store. On March 11, 1979, Stanley Williams murdered Tsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang and Yee-Chen Lin during a robbery at their family run motel, the Brookhaven. In March of 1981, a jury convicted Stanley Williams of the first-degree murder and robbery of Albert Lewis Owens, the first-degree murders of Tsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang and Yee-Chen Lin, and the robbery of Tsai-Shai Yang.
The jury also found true the allegations that Williams personally used a shotgun during the commission of each of the murders and robberies. Finally, the jury found true the special circumstance allegations of robbery-murder and multiple murder.
On April 15, 1981, the trial court, following the jury’s recommendation, sentenced Williams to death. On October 11, 2005, the United States Supreme Court denied Williams’ petition for writ of Certiorari. On October 24, 2005, Williams’ execution date was set for December 13, 2005.
This cold-blooded killer, Stanley Williams, now seeks mercy, the very mercy he so callously denied Albert, Tsai-Shai, Yen-I, and Yee-Chen. Stanley Williams does not deserve this mercy. In fact, despite the overwhelming nature of the evidence against him, and despite the non-existence of any credible defense, Stanley Williams has steadfastly refused to take any responsibility for the brutal, destructive, and murderous acts he committed. Without such responsibility, there can be no redemption, there can be no atonement, and there should be no mercy.
For nearly 25 years, justice has been held in abeyance while Williams took advantage of a legal system designed to protect his rights. His rights have been protected. It is now time for the victims’ voices to be heard. We ask that clemency be denied, and that the ultimate punishment, imposed so many years ago, now be fulfilled.
Can someone explain to me WHY Hollywood is so damned disconnected from the rest of the world? Why on EARTH do celebrities value Tookie Williams life over the lives that he took? How can they sleep at night?
And, aren't these the same people that advocate FOR a women's right to choose? Does that strike any of you as hypocritical??? Why is Tookie Williams worthy of life but a baby is not?
Tookie Williams has been convicted of murdering 4 people in cold blood. He is the co-founder of one of the most notorious and deadly gangs in this country, the Cripps. Growing up in Southern California, I remember watching the gang wars play out on the TV and the streets. His "creation" is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people, many of them innocents caught in the crossfire.
Like the DA's rebuttal said, this "man" has yet to admit or accept responsibility for the murders he was convicted of committing. He continues to claim his innocence. Yet, if you listen to Snoop Dog, Jamie Foxx, and the other celebrities who are clammoring for Tookie's clemency, not once do THEY refer to him as an innocent man. If they truly believe what Tookie Williams proclaims - that he is innocent - then WHY will they not take a stand and refer to him as an "innocent man"?
Because he is not and they know it.
Tookie Williams has been nominated for the Nobel Prize. BFD. Just about anyone can be nominated. Hell, we awarded the damn thing to YASSER ARAFAT, world-renowned terrorist. Yeah, the nomination means a lot...
Tookie Williams has written childrens' books, urging them to stay away from gangs. How about if Tookie Williams had never started the Crips in the first place? How about if he actually DID something worth noting - opening up to law enforcement about the inner-workings of the Crips, providing details regarding murders that have never been solved, helping law enforcement truly make strides against gangs and the havoc they wreak? But he will not. He doesn't want to be a snitch.
What...is he AFRAID that someone will try to take retribution against him for snitching??? He'll be DEAD - what the hell does it matter? If he had truly renounced his ways as gang leader and truly wanted to help to eliminate gangs from society, he would have done this years ago. But instead, he writes childrens' books and gets himself nominated for the Nobel Prize as ploys to keep himself alive.
From the DA's rebuttal :
Stanley Williams does not deserve the mercy of clemency. The evidence clearly establishes that Stanley Williams shot-gunned Albert Owens, Yen-I Yang, Tsai-Shai Yang, and Yee-Chen Lin to death. These murders were truly horrific.
What man orders another human being to lie face down on the floor and then proceeds to shoot him two times in the back at close range with a shotgun? What man later laughs when he tells his friends how the victim gurgled as he lay dying? Stanley Williams, the admitted cofounder of one of the most violent gangs in existence, is that man. What man, days after shotgunning Albert Owens to death, forces his way into a motel and executes three members of a single family? Stanley Williams is that man.
One can only imagine Albert Owens’ terror as he lay face down on the floor of the storage room at the 7-Eleven and heard the first shotgun blast that was fired into the security monitor. Was he hoping against hope he would not be shot to death? Was he thinking of his two young daughters and whether he would ever see them again, hold them again, tell them how much he loved them again?
Before crossing paths with Stanley Williams, Albert Owens had proudly served in the United States military. He had fathered two beautiful daughters. He had recently moved to Los Angeles to make a better life for him and his family. Stanley Williams took that dream away. He took it away from Albert, his daughters, and his entire family.
Imagine the fear that engulfed Yen-I Yang, Tsai-Shai Yang, and their daughter, Yee-Chin Lin as they experienced their last moments alive. Imagine the terror and despair of Robert Yang, the son of Yen-I and Tsai-Shai Yang and the sister of Yee-Chin Lin. Robert testified at Williams’ trial that he heard the sound of someone breaking into the motel, followed by screaming and gunshots. When Robert entered the motel office he saw all of his family dead or dying as a result of the shots fired by Stanley Williams.
Tsai-Shai Yang came to America in 1973 in search of a better life. Her husband, Yen-I, arrived a short time later. In July 1975, the Yangs purchased the Brookhaven Motel. Tsai-Shai and Yen-I ran the motel with their son Robert. At the time of their murders, in addition to Robert, the Yangs had five other children. They also had ten grandchildren.
Yee-Chin Lin was visiting from Taiwan when Stanley Williams murdered her. Yee-Chin was married with three children, a 10 year old daughter, a 13 year old son, and a 14 year old son. When Stanley Williams shot-gunned Yen-I Yang, Tsai-Shai Yang, and Yee-Chin Lin to death, he not only took their lives, he stole the hopes and aspirations of the entire Yang family. Little did Yee-Chin’s children know that when they said good-bye to their mother as she left Taiwan for a short visit to America, she would never again return home.
In the petition filed in support of Williams’ request for clemency, the claim is made that Stanley Williams is today a different man. Even if that were the case, the jury’s determination that Williams suffer the penalty of death for his crimes was appropriate and should be carried out. Additionally, Williams has never accepted responsibility for the murders of Albert Owens, Yen-I Yang, Tsai-Shai Yang, and Yee-Chen Lin, nor has he accepted responsibility for the devastation of their respective families. Williams claims he cannot accept responsibility for these murders because he is innocent. A thorough review of the evidence simply does not support Williams’ claim of innocence. Additionally, Williams has never accepted his responsibility for his plot to escape from the Los Angeles County Jail while awaiting trial. Does an innocent man, a man who is represented by an experienced attorney of his own choosing, plot to escape from custody prior to his trial? This plot to escape from custody involved the plan to kill two sheriff’s deputies, witness Alfred “Blackie” Coward, and the other inmates on the bus. Moreover, this plot to escape from custody and commit additional murders was proven beyond any possible doubt by Williams’ own words, including “[a]s for Blackie hes (sic) only he (sic) heart beat away from death.”
What must not be forgotten is that Williams’ escape plan also called for using dynamite to blow up the sheriff’s transportation bus after he escaped from custody. Williams’ motive to murder all of his fellow inmates on the bus was to prolong his time to escape. In other words, he hoped to prevent the authorities from quickly discovering who, if anyone, had escaped from custody. In an act so demonstrative of Williams’ willingness to kill, he was going to commit mass murder by dynamite, simply to allow himself more time to escape. These are not the actions of a man of peace. Instead, these are the actions of a cold-blooded predator who puts no value on life, unless it is his own.
The petition for clemency filed on Williams’ behalf further contends that he has turned his back on the gang lifestyle of his younger years. However, Williams’ refusal to debrief proves otherwise. As Vernell Crittendon explained on 60 Minutes, if Williams debriefed it would send a powerful message to those who look up to Williams and seek to emulate him. Williams’ refusal to debrief, and his characterization of the debriefing process as “snitching” clearly shows that Williams has not turned his back on the Crips gang, a gang he co-founded. No doubt Williams could provide substantial, in-depth insight into the history and structure of the Crips gang. Additionally, there can be little doubt that Williams could provide significant information relating to many unsolved crimes, including murders both inside and outside the prison walls. This information would help bring closure and some sense of justice to the families of many, many victims.
In the Killing of Bonnie Garland, Willard Gaylin, a psychiatrist, wrote that when a murder is committed there is an “. . . immediate revulsion at the nature of the crime.” However, as Dr. Gaylin explained, the victim soon “. . . ceases to exist as an identifiable figure.” As time passes “. . . the ongoing reality is the criminal” and ultimately the criminal “. . . usurps the compassion that is justly his victim’s due.”
Governor, do not allow Stanley Williams to usurp the compassion that is due Albert Owens. Do not allow Stanley Williams to usurp the compassion that is due Yen-I Yang. Do not allow Stanley Williams to usurp the compassion that is due Tsai-Shai Yang. And do not allow Stanley Williams to usurp the compassion that is due Yee-Chen Lin. Williams has already taken their lives and devastated their families. Stanley Williams does not deserve your sympathy, leniency, or mercy.
The People respectfully request that the Williams’ petition for clemency be denied and that the death sentence imposed by the jury almost twenty-five years ago, and affirmed by every reviewing court, now be carried out.
I hope that Governor Schwarzenegger sees through this excuse of a human being to the true disgusting creature that dwells inside and allows the verdict and the punishment to be carried out.
h/t Booker Rising