• Catherine Burke

    As someone on the ‘outside’ of MURDER, this may be your view…

    WE DEMAND EQUAL JUSTICE be given to our mass murderer!

    I am the Victim of a mass murderous attempt in my HOME December 20, 2011. My 18 year old daughter Saskia was butchered in front of us… My husband and another child were stabbed as we fought with this MURDERER who brought with him an entire duffel bag FULL OF KNIVES with which to slaughter all of us! My 13 year old daughter watched all this happen…

    Since his arrest, as we now await trial, HE CALLS THE HOUSE TO TERRORIZE US from jail… He is part of an organization of SUPREME RACISTS, and they continually pursue in their blogs and magazines “Our Families Annihilation”.

    And as our MURDERER planned and practiced for his attack for almost 1 year BEFORE he came to KILL US ALL? In our ‘overly lenient’ justice system, if he is not put to death he could one day GET OUT of Prison… And come to FINISH WHAT HE STARTED!

    We VICTIMS deserve to be finally FREE of this monster. My 13 year old daughter does NOT deserve a life FILLED WITH FEAR for her future…

    WE VICTIMS DEMAND EQUAL JUSTICE.
    Catherine Burke
    California

  • Catherine Burke

    I REFUSE to let anyone tell me what to think or how to feel! I CAN ONLY HONOR MY DAUGHTER, SASKIA SAVANA BURKE – in DEMANDING the monster who so BRUTALLY TOOK HER LIFE – PAY WITH HIS! Saskia LOVED her family, loved her LIFE – and she would NEVER FORGIVE WILLIAM GARY SIMPSON FOR WHAT HE DID! NOT EVER! To honor Saskia and HOW MUCH SHE LOVED LIVING – I will NEVER FEAR DEMANDING WILLIAM GARY SIMPSON’S DEATH!

    2010 – In Saskia Burke’s own words:

    ” I value my happiness. I value how happy and content I am with my life. I value the memories that have made my life as happy as it is. I value my friends and family who make me happy and share my happiness with me. I value all the things that make me happy, like fun and relationships, but what I value most is the fact that I am happy because there are so many people who are not that lucky. I value my happiness the most because the friends and items that you have may change, and circumstances may change, but the fact that
    I AM HAPPY WITH WHAT I HAVE
    AND WHO I AM – 

    IS THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT
    THAT I COULD EVER BE GIVEN!”

    Having Saskia in our lives, and being a “complete” family was OUR MOST PRECIOUS GIFT, and truly made us happy! And inside this box Simpson has placed us in – of horror and terror, misery and pain, hopelessness and injustice, there simply “is” NO happiness, EVER!

    Saskia Burke’s words of how SHE feels:
    “ I could never forgive someone for taking away my rights, my home, my friends and my life! If things like this happened to me I would be resentful, rather than forgiving. I just couldn’t forgive the people who were so prejudiced that they made me lose my best friends, and school. Just the thought of losing them brings tears to my eyes. I couldn’t forgive the people who took away my parents rights as citizens. I couldn’t forgive the people who restricted my loved ones from doing the things they love. I couldn’t forgive those who made me leave my home. I wouldn’t be able to forgive them for MAKING ME SO SCARED OF THEM, I FROZE WITH FEAR EVERY TIME I HEARD A SOUND!”

    Saskia’s thoughts, written just weeks before her murder, for an essay on Anne Frank. “Thinking that Anne forgave them for all that, is unbelievably saintly. Even though Anne was just a regular girl like me, she was more remarkable than anyone I have ever heard of! I wouldn’t be as forgiving and naïve. I would be resentful, for being so wronged!” I ran across this open page, sitting in her room amongst her unfinished homework. SASKIA’S THOUGHTS, about an unspeakable horror and injustice. SASKIA’S WORDS, that speak directly to William Gary Simpson, Saskia’s “NAZI”!

    Our legal system is a cruel and sick JOKE. Ours is a case of “PLANNED MURDER”, by someone we’ve known for over 10 YEARS – and as we fought with him for OUR lives we KNOW IT WAS WILLIAM GARY SIMPSON who MURDERED OUR SASKIA and ATTACKED US, with MORE THAN ENOUGH DNA EVIDENCE AT THE CRIME SCENE… Yet, we’re still waiting two years later for the “trial”, as his lawyers put together his “INSANITY DEFENSE” to PROTECT HIM from the Death Penalty that HE HAS IMPOSED UPON US!

    As a VICTIM of attempted MASS MURDER, and the Mother of a MURDERED CHILD – I say it loud and clear to the world:
    I DEMAND THE DEATH PENALTY BE GIVEN TO THIS MURDEROUS MONSTER, WILLIAM GARY SIMPSON!

    NOTHING LESS IS ACCEPTABLE!!!

  • Kristin Froehlich

    Catherine, I am so so sorry for your loss. Your experience sounds so terrible. I, too, suffered the loss of a family member during a mass murder. 18 years later, I am still in the process of healing. I can certainly understand why you would want to end the fear that your family continues to suffer. The case of my brother’s killer started as a death penalty case, but the death penalty was dropped during the trial. I’ve come to the conclusion that the death penalty is a false promise for family members of murder victims. I will pray for a speedy resolution to the legal wrangling that is so maddening. I will pray for safety and healing for you and your family. Peace to you. Kristin

  • MM

    I believe that Karen is turning her back on God’s word.

    Helen Prejean has been quoted as saying the more she works on the issue of the death penalty, the less she relies on the Bible. Of course she must say this because the Bible completely supports Capital punishment.

    St. Alphonsus Ligouri – Doctor of Moral theologians
    “It is lawful to put a man to death by public authority: it is even a duty of princes and judges to condemn to death criminals who deserve it: and it is the duty of the officers of justice to execute the sentence; God himslef wished malefactors to be punished.”

    Karen is not promoting Catholic truth but liberalism. She doesn’t realize her work is evil. Read this interview carefully and then read the Bible. They are complete opposites. There is NO “restorative justice” in the Bible.
    Every Saint of the Catholic church who has written on Capital punishment has supported it.

    The Rev. Billy Graham has said, “God could not remain a righteous God and compromise with sin. His holiness and His justice demands the death penalty.

  • bill bannon

    MM,
    Thank you. I read Evangelium Vitae by John Paul II. The death penalty parts would get a D from a demanding professor in a good college because John Paul four times quotes Gen.9:5-6 but each time hides from view the death penalty parts of the passage. Then he never cites and faces Romans 13:4 which was pivotal onthe passage for centuries. Instead he quotes the catechism which is written by Cardinals at the Vatican. The catechism implies that life sentences now protect perfectly without that anonymous Cardinal ever dealing with murder arrest rates….ie 62% in the US and 5% in Guatemala. How is the life sentence of 5% of Guatemala’s murderers protecting society. It’s not. Deterrence is not addressed by the catechism nor are arrest rates nor are the deterrence studies done in the US by economists using regression analysis cited. Power means you don’t have to be rational…exactly what Pope Benedict lectured the Muslims on at Regensberg but failed to see in the Catholic system whereby neither Popes nor Cardinals at the CDF have to undergo peer review or interface debate when they venture into sociology or penology. Popes on this issue have recently circumvented both tradition and Gen.9:5-6 and Romans 13:4 because they are trying to impress secular Europe into returning to the Church and secular Europe is “progressive” and thus anti death penalty.

  • Alex Lane

    Kristin, I once read an article about you. I am so very sorry for your loss. I believe that it is wonderful that you are doing work in the field of helping others who have similar devastating memories as yourself. God bless.