Bridget Johnson (AKA GOP Vixen) has a thoughtful piece in today’s OpinionJournal on how certain murderers, including the late Stanley “Tookie” Williams, manipulate celebrity activists and other death penalty opponents. She notes how despite claims of Williams’ redemption, he had done nothing to help “authorities clean up the Crips network.” He, like other murderers before him who gained media favor, was a “master manipulator.”
Bridget contends that the same skills that helped Tookie to achieve success on the streets also helped him convince Hollywood that he had changed: “He was a gang leader, which requires a certain arm-twisting ability not only to keep operations running, but to recruit and build ranks.” As usual, Bridget has a great column. And this one includes a chilling anecdote about Ted Bundy. Since she does a much better job of relating that story — and making her point — than I ever could, just read the whole thing!