Joe Arpaio Should Get Down on His Ancient Knees and Thank Buddhist Temple Mass Murderer Johnathan Doody

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We'll be chiming in soon with our take about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling yesterday that upheld the inadmissibility of the 1991 confession of Buddhist temple mass murderer Johnathan Doody.

 

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Killer Johnathan Doody gets a new trial--and the jury won't hear his 1991 confession.

​The effect of the high court's decision will be that Doody gets a retrial, and jurors won't be hearing his critical and highly controverted confession to Maricopa County sheriff's detectives.

Anyone who was around the state of Arizona back then will remember this terrible case well:

Doody, who was 17 at the time, was convicted with another young man in the execution-style killings of six Buddhist monks, a nun and two novice monks at the Wat Promkunaram Temple in the western reaches of Maricopa County. He has been serving nine life sentences at the Arizona State Prison.

Doody's accomplice was Alessandro Garcia, who testified against his onetime pal at trial in return for escaping a possible death penalty, and is serving a 271-year sentence.

For sure, the Temple Murders Case (as it came to be known) remains one of the most infamous cases in Arizona history.

In part, that was because four innocent men (the so-called Tucson Four) confessed to the crimes after being badgered endlessly by Maricopa County sheriff's detectives and were careening toward trial when evidence of the true killers emerged.

 

 

 

We'll save our analysis of the appellate courts' rulings for later.

For now, though, chew on this twist of fate:

Joe Arpaio won his first four-year term as Maricopa County Sheriff in the 1992 election, besting incumbent Sheriff Thomas Agnos after a race in which the Tucson Four fiasco and its aftermath was the one and only campaign issue.

Before the Temple Murders case, Agnos was known to most as a decent sheriff who had brought a sense of professionalism to an office that had been lacking same for decades.

The disastrous MCSO investigation on the front end of the mass murder case ruined Agnos, and gave Arpaio--then a little-known former DEA agent whom had been working in his wife's real-estate office--an opening for an upset win.

The rest, as they say, was history--bad history.

The buffoonish Arpaio would become perhaps the most famous sheriff in all the land, a caricature of a "tough guy," a publicity-seeking boor. 

And the only reason he got to be "Sheriff Joe" was his future agency's bungling of the biggest case it ever had.

 

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12 comments
David Saint
David Saint

lol sad thing is, if Arpaio had been sheriff while this had been investigated they likely would have never come close to getting a conviction!  

Bill
Bill

This is going to get interesting.  Lets see what the DA and his boys can come up with in lieu of a confession.  Some of the storys I've read seem to leave some doubt if Doody was in fact even out there then.  A lot of this case agains't Doody seems strange.  What about the irrigation water coming on at 7:00 am, who turned that on?  What about the way the bodies were positioned?  How about the bodies being moved within an hour or two of the discoveries.  Lots of things to be considered.

Anon
Anon

There's a pattern in elections years, using a high-profile case that would inflame the public to get elected.  i.e. serial killers, rancher murdered at border, Catholic priest abuse scandals 2003, among others...

teknik1200
teknik1200

it's amazing that people will vote on one single issue without looking at the big picture.

I don't get it?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

The people in this state vote for the candidate who does the best job of pandering to their fear du jour.

Coz
Coz

Anyone have a link to the hearings live ?The one listed below doesn't work.

Want to watch fat ass Hendershott lie his ass off tomorrow.

Coz
Coz

Nothing has changed, Bozo Joe and his Goons are still bungling cases but the difference is now it's cost Maricopa County tax payers 100+ million dollars.

Jerry Klipsch
Jerry Klipsch

and the half wits of maricopa county keep re electing the   circus clown ............

Coz
Coz

Thats what happens when you rob the education system and keep people stupid as they do in Maricopa County.

Glenn Gimbut
Glenn Gimbut

At the time of the fiasco, I remember a good friend of mine saying:  "I solved it, I solved it.  The monks were murdered twice."

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