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07 Oct 09

Judge orders killer released on compassionate grounds\nRichard Keech, 89, was serving a life term for shooting his son-in-law to death in Long Beach in 1996. He suffers from dementia. The judge says there's no obvious benefit to his further imprisonment.\n\nBy Victoria Kim\n\n10:06 PM PDT, October 5, 2009\n\nIn a quiet residential neighborhood in Long Beach 13 years ago, Dick Keech fired four shots at his son-in-law, who lay face-down on a neighbor's lawn, bleeding from an earlier gunshot wound.\n\n"It's all over," he said later to a neighbor who ran out at the sound. "He won't bother anyone anymore."\n\nOn Monday, a Long Beach judge said he would grant Keech, 89, the compassion he did not show his 47-year-old son-in-law, Nick Candy, at the time of the killing in 1996. Judge William T. Garner ordered Keech, who was serving a life term for murder, released on grounds that he is medically incapacitated. The World War II veteran suffers from progressive dementia and an accompanying "sundowning" syndrome causing severe confusion, depression and terror, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation report recommending his release. He has difficulty swallowing, spends most of his days confined to his bed or his geriatric chair, and is unable to do anything on his own, the report said.

06 Sep 09

TOM HENNESSY: Time to let prisoner, a WWII POW, go home to die

TOM HENNESSY: Time to let prisoner, a WWII POW, go home to die
Posted: 09/05/2009 08:45:30 PM PDT
Updated: 09/05/2009 09:14:49 PM PDT

Prisoner Richard Keech, shown during his 1997 trial, should be allowed to go home to die with his family. (Press-Telegram file photo)

Nearing his 90th birthday, Richard Keech is confined to a medical unit at the High Desert State Prison in Susanville.

His family says he stays alive on Ensure, a nutritional drink, and on weekly letters sent from Long Beach by his wife, Kay. Prison staffers read the letters to her husband, whose sight is failing.

The 1997 trial of Keech made area headlines. A prisoner-of-war during World War II, the one-time Marine defended the murder of his son-in-law, calling it a consequence of post-traumatic stress syndrome brought on by his incarceration in a Japanese prison camp.

“My father is in prison because he killed my abusive husband to protect my son, my mother, and me,” his daughter Nancy said in a recent advertisement she ran in the Press-Telegram.

With the family trying for a compassionate discharge that would give their patriarch a brief stay at home, the ad sought letters of support from readers.

13 Jun 06

NEWSPAPER PUBLISHES INSULTING CARTOON OF DISFIGURED UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS EMBLEM!<br>
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Repulsive cartoon appearing in Arizona Republic, 7 June 2006, by Steve Benson, of disfigured Marine Corps Emblem!<hr>
MCO: Use Of The Marine Corps Em

  • "Sadistic irony  By TrevorBothwell  Jun 12, 2006  In the June 7 edition of its newspaper, The Arizona Republic published a repulsive cartoon by Steve Benson that desecrates the U.S. Marine Corps' Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem and defames the USMC as a collection of wanton murderers. The source of Benson's vitriol? The alleged murders of 24 Iraqis at Haditha in November 2005.  Normally I resist the temptation to reprint professional cartoons without first receiving proper permissions, and this time is no different. However, this cartoon truly must be seen to be believed. Simply go to Benson's page here, click on "See previous Benson cartoons," and click "next" until you arrive at slide 3 of 54. Benson depicts the Corps' globe symbol as running with blood while bastardizing the USMC acronym to stand for "United States Massacre Cover-Up."
  • "Sadistic irony  By TrevorBothwell  Jun 12, 2006  In the June 7 edition of its newspaper, The Arizona Republic published a repulsive cartoon by Steve Benson that desecrates the U.S. Marine Corps' Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem and defames the USMC as a collection of wanton murderers. The source of Benson's vitriol? The alleged murders of 24 Iraqis at Haditha in November 2005.  Normally I resist the temptation to reprint professional cartoons without first receiving proper permissions, and this time is no different. However, this cartoon truly must be seen to be believed. Simply go to Benson's page here, click on "See previous Benson cartoons," and click "next" until you arrive at slide 3 of 54. Benson depicts the Corps' globe symbol as running with blood while bastardizing the USMC acronym to stand for "United States Massacre Cover-Up."
06 May 06

"In every war we've fought using this thing, we've had people complain about the lethality," said retired Marine Maj. Anthony Milavic. A Vietnam veteran who became a small-arms activist, Milavic has accumulated report after report of enemies surviving mul

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