Sharron Diane Crawford Smith, 60, confessed in a November 28 interview to shooting the women at a Staunton ice cream store in 1967, authorities said.I couldn't help notice the similarity between this story and the one we recently discussed that took place in Florida. In that case I had thought there might have been an element of gay romance between shooter and victim, but amazingly a fellow student who was personally acquainted with the actors commented that that was not the case.
Smith was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Constance Smootz Hevener, 19, and Hevener's 20-year-old sister-in-law, Carolyn Hevener Perry, according to CNN affiliate WVIR.
But health problems forced a postponement of a December court date, WVIR said, and Smith, who had heart and kidney problems, died January 19.
The story of Sharron Smith though, is not that of a spurned lover, but rather one of a bully-victim lashing out.
In keeping with my long-standing tradition of blaming the inanimate object instead of the person, I couldn't help but notice this:
I blame THE AVAILIBILITY OF GUNS, can everyone hear me? I don't blame the gun, nor do I fully blame her. I also blame the society which teaches a young girl to carry a gun to a confrontation; that is an extremely poor education.
In a transcript of the police interview, Smith told police she and the women worked at High's Ice Cream. The night of the shooting, she went to the store to tell the women she could not work the next day and took her .25-caliber pistol with her.
"I was just going to tell them that I couldn't work and one thing led to another."
The story contains some questions about what exactly happened to the murder weapon. It seems she turned it over to someone on the police force shortly after the crime, who may have covered up for her. The gun was then turned over to another policeman in 1981, but they're all dead, so it may never be known what really happened.
What's your opinion? Is it possible for someone to commit murder once and go on to lead a crime free life ever after? How common is that? Usually we justify the harsh sentences handed out to the killers, even the death penalty, based upon the theory that once a killer always a killer. But does a case like this argue for a Statute of Limitations on murder?
What do you think could have motivated her to confess all these years later? Does something like this stay on a person's conscience? Don't we find ways to bury these things and never look at them again?
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