It wasn’t his ambitions that got Gary Gilmore in trouble, rather that he hadn’t the patience – unlike most of us – to ea…
True Detective February 2007
It wasn’t his ambitions that got Gary Gilmore in trouble, rather that he hadn’t the patience – unlike most of us – to earn the things he wanted in life. In fact, he just took them. He said himself that an idea would pop into his head and he’d go and do it. He just couldn’t help himself – unless he was already in prison for a previous offence! His penchant for taking what he wanted cost two innocent people their lives and ultimately his own. January 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of Gilmore’s death by firing squad, an execution that heralded the death of over 1,000 men and women in America. Read about the trail of violence, fear and passion that makes his case such a fascinating read.
Within days of being rated the 13th best spot to live in America, the university city of Gainesville, Florida, was nicknamed “Grisly Gainesville” by the newspapers – and not without good reason. The nightmare of terror that gripped the community began in August 1990 and wasn’t finally concluded until October 2006 when “Gainesville Ripper” Danny Rolling was executed – 30 years after Gary Gilmore. Like Gilmore, Rolling had trouble trying to fit into society and hold down a steady job. He went on a burglary and robbery spree after trying to kill his police officer father, and a gruesome spate of murders followed. In 1994 Rolling admitted to eight murders in all and blamed them on the abuse he suffered as a child from his father, his treatment in prison and “Gemini,” as he called his evil side. Throughout he showed no remorse and refused to offer any apology to the relatives of his victims, some of whom were present at the end. Read the full account of the murderer destined to become Florida’s most notorious serial killer since Ted Bundy.