I put this up in the Activism section in support of Denise
Noe's call for some MRA
activism. (Denise is a member here, very occasionally
and a columnist on MND, from where the quote comes.)She brings the case of
William Hetherington who has been in jail now for 20 years. His crime? He was
accused by his wife of spousal rape. He refused to plead guilty. The parole
Board refuses to parole him unless he admits guilt. He insists he is
innocent.There is a terrible injustice here. Denise gives adresses to make
complaints to and Bill's address. This man needs our support.
1) Mary Winkler, who shot her sleeping husband in the back, convicted only
of voluntary manslaughter and released after about a year in custody.
Melissa Drexler, the infamous prom mom, who gave birth in a restroom stall,
strangled her newborn, pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter, and was paroled
after three years in prison.
3) Gertrude Baniszewski committed what might be
the worst torture-slaying ever perpetrated against a single victim. In 1965, she
starved, beat, scalded, and burned 16-year-old Sylvia Likens. I wrote an article
about the barbarism Baniszewski visited on her teen victim and that story can be
Baniszewski was convicted of first-degree murder and paroled after twenty years
In the above cases, the victims were killed and killed not by
accident but on purpose. In the third case, the victim was murdered with
extraordinary and protracted cruelty.By contrast, the supposed victim of Mr.
Hetherington was left very much alive. Yet he has been subjected to the horrors
of prison life for over two decades. It is a blight on American justice that he
is still behind bars.
I again urge my readers to write to the Michigan
Parole Board at the following address.
Michigan Parole Board
PO Box 30003Lansing, MI
mention Mr. Hetherington's name and his inmate number of 186155. Mr.
Hetherington likes copies of letters sent to the parole board to be mailed to
him. His address follows:
William J. Hetherington
City Correctional Facilities
PO Box 5000
Carson City, MI 48811-5000.
Denise gives you some ammunition and the adresses.All you need to do is
spend ten minutes composing a letter to the Board and to Bill, and pay for a
couple of stamps.