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Florida Will Execute a Schizophrenic Man Today Who Believes He's the "Prince of God"

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via Florida Department of Corrections
John Errol Ferguson is a monster. Between 1977 and 1978, he killed eight people around Miami-Dade in a vicious, cold blooded robbery and murder spree. But Ferguson is also severely mentally ill. He truly believes he is the "Prince of God." He thinks the state wants to execute him because he can "control the sun."

Despite his diagnosed schizophrenia -- and the fact that state courts used a test since rejected by the Supreme Court -- Florida is set to kill Ferguson at 6 p.m. today.

Ferguson has been on death row for 34 years now as his lawyers have argued that he's too mentally ill to understand his crimes or his capital sentence. His latest stay of execution came ten months ago.

The evidence that Ferguson is bat-shit crazy is just as strong as the proof that he went on a two-year killing spree around Miami.

The killings started in 1977, when Ferguson executed six people during a Carol City home invasion robbery, then the worst mass killing in Dade history. The next year, he robbed a teenage couple from Hialeah, shot 17-year-old Brian Glenfeldt and then raped and killed his gilfriend, 17-year-old Belinda Worley.

As Fred Grimm reported in the Herald last year, Ferguson was only out on the streets able to rape and murder because of the state's failure to keep him locked up and treated for his dangerously unstable conditions. He'd been diagnosed more than 40 times with serious mental problems, with one state doctor writing, " This man is dangerous and cannot be released under any circumstances."

Today, the state will atone for that mistake by executing him, thanks to a ludicrous lower court ruling that just because "most people would characterize Ferguson's Prince-of-God belief, in the vernacular, as 'crazy' does not mean that someone who holds that belief is not competent to be executed."

The pending execution earned a New York Times editorial yesterday pointing out the un-Constitutional nature of killing someone with such serious mental problems.

Ferguson's lawyers have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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33 comments
tekprimemia
tekprimemia

If you have the mental capacity to rape murder kill, you have the capacity to be executed. The parents of those teens have waited too long to see justice served. Old smokey needs a sunpass lane.


Jonathan Barrett
Jonathan Barrett

You guys are ignorant sick fucks...you think it is okay to execute somebody that is mentally ill.....

Phil Stillman
Phil Stillman

Poor baby . . . I say good riddance! What took so long to get rid of this asshole.

Sha Almont
Sha Almont

Good, sick or not we dont need him killing perfectly good civilians just cause he was born fcked. If whoever was responsible for him when he was young didnt take the proper actions to make sure he didnt end up doing some shit like this in the future (now past) then good riddance.

readRed
readRed

if he knew it was wrong at the time, then he is guity.


30 years too long IMHO.

Harry Block
Harry Block

Schizophrenia should not be a reason not to use the Death Penalty when appropriate. If he wasn't found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity- that's the answer or why he deserve this

Shanna Lynn Doyle
Shanna Lynn Doyle

So what we should continue to pay for his meds to live behind bars - serve justice and put him and the victims family out of thier misery!

Mike Worley
Mike Worley

Mr. Ferguson murdered my aunt, Belinda Worley, and her boyfriend several decades ago. It rocked the foundation of my family to it's very core. For over 30 years now, my family has waited for this day to come, only to be set back by appeals and stays of execution. I certainly understand the philosophical reasoning behind opposing the death penalty, and I respect the opinion of Mr. Elfrink and the NYT Editorial Board, yet this man is a monster and does not deserve to live any longer.

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

Terrance by looking at the comments, im going to say yes. We should build a coliseum and have public executions maybe have corporate sponsors too (rolls eyes) Well at least he will be at peace, people will get their pound of flesh, and I dont know, maybe this can open a dialogue about executing people who are clearly ill

Terrance Skerrette
Terrance Skerrette

He did some heinous things and under "normal" circumstances would be one of the most viable candidate for execution.....but the man is bat shit crazy. Are we starting to punish ppl for being sick, something that they have no control of? I don't know if this is a good direction, but that was some f***ed up shit he did.

Jen Die
Jen Die

You know a schizo will hurt themselves BEFORE anyone else, he needs to STOP acting.

Eddie Riquelme
Eddie Riquelme

Who gives a flying shit.... He caused serious grief to families by killing innocent human beings.... Schizto or not he was not and will never be a productive citizen so he's better off dead... Plus the fact that he has been a financial burden to the state for 34 years.... Even if the state treated him that would've been a burden. I'll personally inject him to sleep, evil bastard.

Mercy Suarez
Mercy Suarez

I love how that guy was so nonchalant about killing innocent people...

Orlando De Frias
Orlando De Frias

I love how everyone in this thread is so nonchalant about wanting to kill a guy.

Barlow Izzy
Barlow Izzy

An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.

Josh Everage
Josh Everage

I'm glad that whole deinstitutionalization thing worked out so well. Well done Ronnie.

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

I agree, he's been alive 34 years too long, crazy or not.

Marisol Garcia
Marisol Garcia

how much have we paid to keep him in jail 35 years?!

Georgina De Armas
Georgina De Armas

"Ferguson was only out on the streets able to rape and murder because of the state's failure to keep him locked up and treated for his dangerously unstable conditions" SOOO basically that couple died because the state can't do their job as usual. what a f*cking surprise!

acevvvedo
acevvvedo

34 years over due imo. Our taxes keep murderers alive because they're crazy? No thanks.

Xaviant Haze
Xaviant Haze

gotta love the scam legal system that executes a man 35 years after the fact

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

You going to second-guess the court? He's had 35 years of appeals, I'm guessing that ship has sailed.

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