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#83131 - 09/09/05 01:20 PM
Re: Taking the law into his own hands
Loc: Lambertville, NJ USA
An update on that story:
*Bellingham suspect could face the death penalty*
*By Mike Carter*
/Seattle Times staff reporter/
The man who claims he killed two convicted sex offenders in Bellingham
last month was charged today with two counts of aggravated first-degree
The charges filed against Michael A. Mullen carry a possible penalty of
either death or life in prison without parole. Mac Setter, Whatcom
County chief criminal deputy prosector, said the prosecutor's office
would decide by Mullen's Sept. 16 arraignment date whether to seek the
Mullen, 35, is being held on $1 million bail in the Whatcom County Jail
after turning himself in Monday.
Mullen has written that he was molested as a child, according to police.
The claim is contained in letters believed to be written by Mullen, said
Bellingham police Lt. Craige Ambrose. The lieutenant did not provide
He did say, however, that Mullen also is believed to have written a
number of Internet postings, including a confession to the slayings
under the pseudonym "Agent Life," the same moniker used in letters sent
to police and various media outlets since the Aug. 27 shooting deaths of
Victor Vazquez, 68, and Hank Eisses, 49.
**Michael Mullen charging documents**
*Caution:* the affidavit contains detailed information about a violent
*Press release announcing the charges (PDF)
*Informational documents (PDF)
*Affidavit of probable cause (PDF)
Mullen has told police he was motivated by the case of Joseph Edward
Duncan III, a sex offender charged with killing a family in Idaho and
kidnapping two children as sex slaves, Ambrose said. His most recent
letters, Ambrose said, now also refer to his own alleged abuse.
The Internet confession apparently was erased shortly after it was
posted. However, a copy was posted on a Web log called The Dark Side
"I am Agent Life! And I alone and [sic] respnsible [sic] for the deaths
of the two level three pedophiles in Bellingham Washington, and they are
not the last to be executed unless things change for the better," it
said. (Level 3 sex offenders are those determined to be at highest risk
That confession, Ambrose confirmed, was posted on an AmericaOnline (AOL)
journal apparently belonging to Mullen. Detectives are also reviewing
other postings, including one signed by Mullen in which he claims his
hobbies are "hunting pedophiles" and in which he demands "harsh action"
against child molesters. Those writings were signed "Michael A. Mullen"
and were posted in an AOL journal Aug. 23, four days before the killings.
In the personal section of the journal — apparently posted just before
the slayings — the author says he's "never been good talking about
myself," but adds: "Well lets [sic] wait and hear what the media/public
has to say."
"We're aware of those writings," Ambrose said yesterday. "Everything
we've seen leads us to believe it is him. It sounds like him."
Mullen's purported Aug. 23 comments were interspersed throughout an
editorial written by John Walsh, creator of television's "America's Most
Wanted." Walsh was asking for support for a federal measure that would
help states comply with sex-offender registry and notification laws.
Walsh, whose son was abducted and killed in 1981, calls for sex
offenders to be held accountable, but the writer says that's not enough
and that child molesters should be locked away for life or sent to death
"In my opinion, just simply keeping them locked up is not good enough or
fair for the victims," the posting says. "Unless you spent time in one
of our plush penal institutions in the first place then you have no clue
how easy most convicted criminals have it."
Vazquez was convicted in 1991 of molesting several people. Eisses was
convicted in 1997 of raping a 13-year-old boy at his home. Both were
killed with a single gunshot to the head.
Court records show Mullen has been a petty criminal most of his life and
has served prison time in Washington and California.
Elsewhere in the writings, the author derides the idea of so-called
"strike bills," where sex offenders are given one or two chances before
a mandatory life sentence is imposed. "In my bill, pedophiles do not get
a second or third try. One strike, you're out!"
/Mike Carter: 206-464-3706 or firstname.lastname@example.org
#83132 - 09/10/05 08:16 PM
Re: Taking the law into his own hands
Loc: Stuck between water, air, and ...
Eddie, I can understand his rage too, but we cannot be vigilantes, and we cannot give up our freedom for scum like this.
It freaks me out when I read about these types of crime against kids, and it makes me wonder how cheap life really is to some low life creaures.
Maybe it is hard to forgive, but its harder not to, and be in his predicament.
Mahatma Gandhi said, If everyone in the World took an eye for an eye, the World would be blind,
Whoever stole the Sun, put it back and we'll drop all the charges!