Morning Poll: Should Daniel Wayne Cook Be Executed?

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Daniel Wayne Cook was scheduled to be executed today.
Convicted murderer Daniel Wayne Cook was scheduled to be put to death this morning for the brutal 1987 murders of two men in Lake Havasu City. However, the United States Supreme Court granted Cook a last-minute stay delaying -- or potentially reversing -- his death sentence.

During the murders of his co-workers, 29-year-old John Matzke and 26-year-old Carlos Cruz Ramos, Cook raped and tortured the two men before strangling them to death.

Cook's lawyers claim he suffers from post-traumatic-stress disorder and brain damage that wasn't diagnosed at the time of his sentencing. They argue that years of sexual abuse at the hands of family members and others caused his condition. His attorneys claim that because of his mental illness, he should be given a life sentence as opposed to the death penalty.

Yesterday, the court agreed to stay his execution, meaning it will be delayed until the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the case.

We want to know what you think: Given the horrific nature of his crimes and his claims of mental illness, should Cook be executed?

Cast your vote below.



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Christinagabler
Christinagabler

Oh my GOODNESS can our justice system just put a gun to my uncle's head and kill him cuz I'm sick and tired of paying for his wrongs and i'm sick of seeing his face.... WOW WHAT A WASTE OF ENERGY SPACE AND MONEY.... IM SO SORRY FOR WHAT PAIN HE HAS CAUSED TO THE ONES HE HAS HURT.... CHRISTINA JEAN GABLER

Christinagabler
Christinagabler

Hi my name is Christina and Daniel Cook is my Uncle. I was a year old when he did this and I'm stuck. I think he deserves to be given the needle but I don't want my uncle die. If and when he gets the needle I will be there to watch him go. To the family who is still suffering I'm so sorry for your loss. My uncle killed two people and he needs to pay for his actions. And yes growing up he was abused but guess what so was I. I was also rapped and my mother, Daniel's sister was the cause for my physical abuse but I'm not out killing people.. The government need to wake up and see the crimes committed and handle it.     I guess it's to big of a task for them. Once again to the victims families I'm so sorry for what my uncle did. I know my word don't take the pain away but please remember I hate that I have a uncle who killed two innocent people... It makes me sick.   

ChinaDoll
ChinaDoll

Christina - I don't doubt that your Uncle was abused and I think anyone who imagines the scenarios of his claims weeps for the child that he was, just as we weep for his victims. If true, it's really sad the life that he was dealt.  The people who should have protected him were the ones committing crimes against him. However, he was no longer a child when he did his crimes and I don't feel bad for the adult and where he finds himself now.  Kevin was my friend and he was a good kid who had been through his own challenges in childhood.  It sounds like there was alot of abuse in your family since there are other victims within the family.  I know your mother was also abused and it sounds like she still went on to abuse you.  Has anyone in your family who committed these abuses paid for their actions by being prosecuted and convicted of that abuse?  It's disturbing the extent of abuse within your family. 

Dakind1katie
Dakind1katie

Please put this man and the people that he has hurt out of their misery!!! Fry him or put him to sleep whatever the case maybe for AZ. The pole says it all!!!!

bigriggs
bigriggs

This piece of shit should have been put down years ago...

Dakind1katie
Dakind1katie

I am a friend of the sister of one of the men killed. I did not remember when this happened but I have now become a follower and I think about this everyday. I think about how the family has been hurting for so long and it needs to stop. I know that putting this monster to death won't make them forget but it will ease their mind not to have to keep hearing this guy ask for a stay. Their brother was not able to postpone his execution and neither should this guy. If the court actually believes this man that his past is a reason to spare his life the they are stupid. There are many, many people out there who have been through a lot more than him and do not kill people. Especially not the way he brutally murdered the people he did. Fry this Fucker!!!!

Dakind1katie
Dakind1katie

Also if he has such bad memories that it makes him to horrible things you would think that he would want to be put out of his misery. So you people who say give him a life then you really don't want his best interest at heart because obviously he is hurting and we should help him forget his horrible memories and just kill him to make him feel better

Lpayton071785
Lpayton071785

Him being abused as a child, you would think he would not want to do the same to others. Why is it when someone murders a person they same I did it but I'm mentally ill. Really death penalty.

Just_Another_Joe
Just_Another_Joe

Thankfully some abused children are able to move on, usually with external support & TLC. Sadly, though, some simply don't.......maybe that's what went on with him.

Even so, though, yeah, there's no excuse for what he did. 

Matthew Carpenter
Matthew Carpenter

This piece of shit needs to die, end of story. The family and friends of the victims need this closure and for justice to be served.

Bobby Swaney
Bobby Swaney

Right know we are at 51.25% in favor...Im asking everyone please vote for what you believe in.....Please also make a comment.....I will be checking everyday on this page, I would love to get that percentage up to about 99.9%!!!:) I know not everyone can agree but please read the facts and think about it.......

Dakind1katie
Dakind1katie

Bobby I think you need to look at the numbers now they are a lot higher and I will keep voting as long as it will let me everyday!!!!

Dt1420
Dt1420

my best friends brother was the one murdered. kill daniel cook he's a worthless fuck

dt1420
dt1420

he needs to die point blank

doitnow
doitnow

the asshole didn't kill matzke.. matzke and cook killed 26 yr old Ramos and a '16' yr old boy! he should have the same thing done to him as he did to those he killed. stapler and all...

Ggirl55
Ggirl55

I'm sure there are many people out there who were abused as children. That does not make it excusable to do what he did. I'm a believer in the punishment should fit the crime. Why should the country have to pay to house criminals with no respect for themselves and others. They're fed, housed, get medical tx. and schooling all at no cost to them. The death penalty may be harsh, however, it's not as though it's a secret. You kill someone, as he did, you're life ends also. The only difference is, his death will be much more humane than his victims..........

guest
guest

Let us also not forget i am sure my brother and the other victim begged beyond our understanding to have there lives prolonged only to be denied in the most heinous and in humane way.. so would some please tell me why we are affording Dan Cook that luxury???? My family has waited 24 years for closure to this horrific time in our lives and maybe my brother can finally R.I.P... Gone but never forgotten <3 love you big brother and have missed you for 24 long excruciating years.

Kevin's sister
Kevin's sister

I bet you would not be singing the same tune if it was your brother tht was viciously tortured to the brink of death then thrown in a closet on top of another body to die..don't forget my brother was 16 years old, he never got to see me or any of our other brothers and sisters graduate high school, get married , know his nieces and nephews. Much less do all those things himself. Now go hug a tree u liberaltards

Lleuck1
Lleuck1

The people he killed didnt want to die and they shouldnt of had to die that way. Being a parent that has lost a kid because of a disease is one thing, but to know that this sick person did this to a human being is digusting. If Mr. Cook was abused as a child shouldn't be an excuse or reason for him to be allowed to get off death row! No wonder this country is in debt because we have to take care of these kind of perverts!

Klynn
Klynn

I want all the mothers and fathers that have children to stop and think "what if it was my child". I was a child that was sexually, physically, and verbally abused and also was diagnosed with Post Tramatic Stress Syndrom BUT I DID NOT GROW UP TO BE A RAPIST NOR A MURDER.........I was also diagnosed as being Bipolar at the age of 30, so all my life I had a disease and yet I STILL DID NOT RAPE OR MURDER ANYONE AND NEVER WILL! I have a beautiful family and live life happily everyday. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT COOK DID! What about Kevin's family................Does anyone think about that? His family has grown..weddings......nieces and nephews he couldn't attend their birth, baseball games, dance practice, or any other childhood event! Kevin and Carlos suffered for several hours being beaten, raped, and sodomized. Imagine it being your child, son, daughter, niece, nephew, granddaughter, grandson.........Hard to imagine isn't it? What would you do or want for yourself and family? DANIEL WAYNE COOK DESERVES DEATH. HE DESERVED DEATH TUESDAY APRIL 5TH 2011. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT HE DID TO KEVIN AND CARLOS!

Just_Another_Joe
Just_Another_Joe

 Good point, and I'm glad you were able to overcome these obstacles in life, and are able to live a joyous life regardless; that takes a lot of heart. =)

Bobby Swaney
Bobby Swaney

Im the brother of Kevin Swaney......My brother was brutally murdered for no reason at all. His DUMB-ASS killer has no right to say that it was because of his bad up bringing......Noones life is worth the torture and abuse he put on my brother and another human being because of what he suffered as a child(If that is true)!!!! Robin Konrad wants to be in the limelight and thinks if her and her co-council can justify this horrrible mans life should be spared........I hope these individuals can never ever sleep.....Think about it,what if this happened to one of their family members......or any one of 82+% of people that think "an eye for an eye" doesnt mean shit....FUCK THE SYSTEM......If Daniel Wayne Cook needs a HUG, come to my house Asshole

Desertchildaz
Desertchildaz

Bobby - Is there anything at all that we can do about this?  I grew up on Acoma - about 10 houses down from you. My siblings and I played at your house all the time.  It's a little foggy, but were you a younger brother?   I was sad to find out about Kevin and even all these years later it hurts to think about what he went through. While I'm glad this guy has spent all these years behind bars, it isn't the justice he deserves.  I hope he gets his due.  His partner in crime shouldn't be walking around free either... 

Rob
Rob

Bobby as I have said before we are with you on this, this piece of crap needs to DIE!! and if he indeed needs a hug we can give him one before we send him off!!! I also think he should not be put to death in such a nice and "humane" screw that!!! I have a axe in my yard!!

guest
guest

brother I agree about the hug, but lets make it a group hug and invite the whole city, guarantee that sick waste of oxygen would not make it out alive.

Ggirl55
Ggirl55

I'm so sorry for you and your family. I remember when this happened. It was such a horrible crime........If they don't put Daniel Wayne Cook to death, the system will have definitely failed. No one should be allowed to live even as long as he has having commited such a horrendous crime. Once convicted, the death penalty should be carried out. Done deal........game over.

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ZakRulz
ZakRulz

I don't trust the government enough to think they should have the ability to decide who lives and who dies

Nancy Marshall
Nancy Marshall

It is not the nature of his crime that concerns me, when I vote against the death penalty. I know they were horrible. But I believe it lowers the level of civilization of our entire population when we allow our government to put a person to death. Life in prison without possibility of parole is a better solution. It protects the public, it gives lifelong punishment to the offender,and it allows us to behave, as a political body, as a more civilized people.And yes, it would cost less to eliminate the Death Penalty. Because we DO believe in due process, and to ensure fairness we will always have many expensive appeals on death penalty cases. So true conservatives should want to end the death penalty - for this man and for all others, despite the horridness of their offenses. In fact, many horrible perpetrators are never even caught, so capital punishment does not seem to deter. I hope people will consider this view. Thanks

Franco Zasa
Franco Zasa

La vita dell'uomo, anche il peggiore, vale qualcosa perchè la redenzione è sempre possibile...

Marcy
Marcy

Absolutely, stick the needle in and get rid of him. That he is a whack job is all the more reason to end his miserable and worthless life.

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guest
guest

This man should have his sentence carried out as it was originally handed down. He has asked for mercy. Did he show any mercy to his victims? Certainly not. I live in Lake Havasu City and have for 42 years. I remember when this happened. It was horrific! The fact that the other defendant is out of prison and walking the streets is disgusting enough!!

Mistalee
Mistalee

The death penalty functions to vicariously gratify the murderous urges of those who seek to express their sadistic streaks through socially acceptable avenues.

And every time there is a thread like this, we can see more evidence of it.

guest
guest

I bet you would not be singing the same tune if it was your brother tht was viciously tortured to the brink of death then thrown in a closet on top of another body to die..don't forget my brother was 16 years old, he never got to see me or any of our other brothers and sisters graduate high school, get married , know his nieces and nephews. Much less do all those things himself. Now go hug a tree u liberaltards

Marcy
Marcy

The death penalty serves to rid society of its garbage, much like flushing the toilet.

Mistalee
Mistalee

The death penalty does nothing to lower the murder rate. All it does is gratify the murderous urges of people like you.

Booter8766
Booter8766

Wow, Mistalee. That was really deep. You certainly opened my eyes. I'm going to go out now and hug the first murderer I can find.

tulawyer
tulawyer

Glad to see the no voters, also known as the good guys, are still winning.

Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

They say he suffers from PTSD. Was this dude a war vet of some sort? No mentioning of this. I was actually looking forward to hearing about his last meal, as reported last week by James King from the other death row inmate. I assume this guy would go for cheesebugers and pizza.

Mistalee
Mistalee

You don't have to be in the military to have PTSD.

Jstapleton2122
Jstapleton2122

He thinks the exectuion may hurt!?! What a Pansy god I hate out court system make this basterd fry

Havasufem
Havasufem

WOW! I really can't believe the %! I am truly amazed at how many people want to continue paying for this guy to rot in our overly populated jails, doing nothing worth a crap with his life for another 24+++ years!

Rood
Rood

If it's money that concerns you, Havasufem, read this: The cost to taxpayers of trying to kill someone who has been sentenced to death far exceeds the cost of keeping them in prison ... for whatever number of years before they die a natural death.

Therefore, you should seek to end the death penalty.

If, knowing this, you still prefer executing prisoners, your preference is not at all monetary ... but something far more ominous.

Marcy
Marcy

Therefore I seek a way to streamline the overly complicated and lengthy process.

Nweng
Nweng

Why is that that "sexual abuse as a child" has become the latest and greatest excuse?

Mistalee
Mistalee

Because it fucks you up really, really badly. You have to be told this?

Marcy
Marcy

People who are fucked up really, really badly sound like perfect candidates for turning into mulch.

Mistalee
Mistalee

That was the Nazi philosophy.

Nazi much?

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