October 30, 2007

Catching a killer

I heard about this last night while doing something I rarely, if ever, do... watching local news. They said the Kilgore KFC murders had been solved. Color me confused as well. I knew there was a place called 'Kilgore' since I went to some kind of weirdo oil field museum there as a child. Given the existence of a strange small town in East Texas, it can be generally assumed it has a KFC. None of that was really throwing me off, it was the talking head referring to the murders as 'solved'. Actually, it sounds like the killer just confessed.

On Sept. 23, 1983, five people were abducted from a Kentucky Fried Chicken during a holdup in Kilgore. Their bodies were found the next day along an oilfield road in Rusk County, about 15 miles from the restaurant. Four of them were restaurant employees, the fifth one of their friends.

On Monday, Romeo Pinkerton, 49, right, pleaded guilty to the five deaths as a part of a plea deal that will save his life, but for which he will have to serve five life sentences. The victims' families approved the deal.

Pinkerton and his cousin, Darnell Hartsfield, were accused in the killings. Hartsfield is expected to stand trial next year.

If I'm ever kidnapped I'd really like to ask for the following...

1) Not to have these bumbling cops on the case. 24 years to solve this and in the end the guy turns himself in?
2) That it not be from a KFC. I really have more than enough to hide... I don't need people to know about my repulsive fast food addiction.
3) That my kidnapper/would-be murderer be a little easier on the eyes.

Posted by mcblogger at October 30, 2007 09:54 AM

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