Now that the nation’s most despicable human being, Harvey Almorn Updyke, Jr., is safely locked away behind bars, it is fair to ask the question:
Could this man get a fair trial in Alabama?
As I write this, I am but a few moments from heading to bed where I will rest peacefully knowing that this monster…this, this savage criminal is off the streets. No doubt the pine trees in my front yard will slumber peacefully as well.
If you listen to the media in this state you would get the notion that Harvey Almorn Updyke, Jr., or “Al from Dadeville” as he’s affectionately known, is just a few rungs on the ladder below Osama Bin Laden.
However, if you want to see a real monster, read the story of Jorge Barahona in West Palm Beach, FL who killed one of his adopted children through toxic chemicals while attempting to do the same to two others.
Ironically both men became famous for all the wrong reasons on the same day. In Barahona’s case, such a man deserves whatever miserable, horrific measure of punishment the state can pour upon him. But in this state, sadly, many would wish the same upon Mr. Updyke.
If ole Al is tried in Alabama, any takers on how long that sentence will be? Criminal mischief (his charge) carries a sentence of up to ten years in prison. My guess is Juron van der Sloot would have a better shot at walking.