Donald Beaty's Execution Last Night Ends 27-Year Legal Battle

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The State of Arizona put murderer Donald Beaty to death last night in Florence, ending a 27-year legal battle that began with the maintenance man's arrest for raping and killing a little Tempe girl.
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Predictably, the politicians who bemoaned the interminable wait between Beaty's conviction a quarter-century ago and his execution used the word "closure" in describing the end game.

Even Christy Fornoff's own family, some of whom attended the execution, used that meaningless word to try to describe the indescribable. 



Sadly, there truly can be no such thing as "closure" for anyone close to the child, a sweet-natured Phoenix Gazette paper carrier whose name always will be linked to the words "murder victim."

Christy Fornoff was 13.
 
Beaty, by the way, made it to the age of 56.

Christy's life ended inside a Tempe apartment complex where she and her mom had gone one terrible evening in 1984 to collect from a few of her customers. Mother and daughter got separated for a few minutes, which was all it took for Beaty--who resided and worked there--to swoop in like the predator he was.

Recently, we retrieved a letter that Beaty wrote to us in the late 1980s, pleading for a fresh examination of his murder case. 

"How can anyone think that I would have done something so bad as that?" he wrote.

We responded, politely declining his offer to write a story "from my point of view, not from the police side." Can't remember what we said, but it was brief.

We did look into his case, and concluded there wasn't much more to write than, yes, he was guilty as sin and his victim was an innocent child.

Donald Beaty was a creepy crawler who should have been locked up nice and tight until he died. 

His death at the hands of the State of Arizona means nothing to us.


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Elleca
Elleca

I was so glad to hear that after all these years, the sentence was FINALLY carried out.  I've thought about this very often & wondered what had happened with this man, as he tried to do the same to my daughter, before he got Christy, but she was saved from the atrocity he committed against this innocent child.  I am also very glad that he finally confessed to what he had done, after denying it for so many years, & even apologized to the Fornoff's, who have handled their loss with much grace.  The wheels of justice grind slowly........but surely.

Martin
Martin

Obviously the state of Arizona can take a page from Canada’s justice system PRIOR to the abolition of the death penalty.  To make a case in point: After having robbed a Red Rooster Restaurant on February 12th 1962, Ronald Turpin had cold bloodedly shot to death Toronto police officer Frederick Nash for having pulled over this armed robber because of a broken taillight. Ten months later, Ronald Turpin had been executed by hanging on December 11th 1962 in the Don Jail.

jess
jess

Ya...even ten months is too long. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I found it interesting that the mother of the victim stated they now feel peace. This morning will be the first time in 27 years they won't have to worry about a new argument to keep this killer alive... and he actually apologized, which is pretty much unheard of...

Mgm0810
Mgm0810

Where he's headed is gonna be a lot hotter than Arizona.

guest
guest

there is no hell lol

Joshuas
Joshuas

Nicely written, but good riddance to that a-hole

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