I hope her rehabilitation is genuine.

One of the girls struck Pelke with a vase, and cut her arms and legs.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 19, 2014: Hi Ron, you did a beautiful job of presenting this hub and of monitoring the comments, with dignity and respect.

He became one of the strongest and most visible advocates for removing Cooper from death row. At sentencing, Lake County prosecutor James McNew portrayed Cooper as a social misfit with no hope of rehabilitation and asked for the death penalty.

- for commutation of the white female's sentence? In 1987, the Indiana legislature passed a bill raising the minimum age for a defendant in a death penalty case from 10 years old to 16 years old. Per la galleria d'arte indipendenti, vedi, I dati Offender per Paula Cooper # 864.800 dal Dipartimento Indiana del sito web di correzione, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article.

Cooper pugnalato Pelke 33 volte al petto e stomaco con una (30 cm) piedi lungo coltello da cucina . Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on September 17, 2014: Amazing story and Bill is an incredible guy. Ruth Pelke was a 78-year-old American from Gary, Indiana, who was murdered by Paula R. Cooper (August 25, 1969 – May 26, 2015), aged 15, on May 14, 1985. Cooper stabbed Pelke 33 times with a butcher knife before stealing ten dollars and her car.
Ronald E Franklin (author) from Mechanicsburg, PA on May 24, 2015: Thanks much, bzirkone. I watched the video hoping to hear Paula speak about her situation and offer some comments about remorse. He is a graduate of Denver Seminary in Colorado.
I don't think those things were considered mitigating factors at all.

Nevertheless, in over 114 years...Not ONE? Ha scritto di aver perdonato Cooper in un libro del 2003, viaggio della speranza .

How she will respond to the 2nd chance she's been given is still an open question. And one of the people Cooper credits most for the change in her life is Bill Pelke, who visited her in prison a total of 15 times.

But then his thoughts began to turn to how his Bible-teaching grandmother had lived, and what she stood for. I can not talk to Paula until she is off parole this June, but I can and do pray for her.

Alla condanna, Lake County procuratore James McNew ritratta Cooper come un disadattato sociale senza speranza di riabilitazione e ha chiesto la pena di morte. Nel 1987, il legislatore Indiana ha approvato una legge innalzando l'età minima per un imputato in un caso di pena di morte da 10 anni a 16 anni. And that's the problem, isn't it - you can never be sure that an inmate's claimed change of heart and life is real. It's white people's behavior toward blacks, particularly over the last 60 or so years, that has me still so baffled. She tutored other prisoners in culinary arts, and became known as a leader among the inmates.

I applaud the man for his strength of character.