Serial killer's letters may have sped up execution
Serial Killer David Gore
April 5 2012
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/05/serial-killers-letters-may-have-sped-up-execution/#ixzz1rbPuJoMtDavid Alan Gore is set to be executed sooner than he expected, in part because he could not stop bragging about raping and murdering four teenagers and two women in Florida three decades ago.
An author published the inmate's grotesque letters, and a newspaper columnist and editorial board brought the case to the attention of Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The Republican promptly signed the death warrant, even though more than 40 other men have been on death row longer.
Gore is set to die April 12.
"Those letters are so disturbing and so insightful into who this person is," said Pete Earley, who recently published some of the letters in his book "Serial Killer Whisperer." `'Gore, actually, he talked his way into the death chamber."
Tony Ciaglia wrote to Gore and other serial killers on a whim after suffering a severe head injury as a teenager, in an effort to better understand them.
He began exchanging letters with Gore about five years ago and received about 200 pages in all. Most in the book are too graphic to quote. In one, Gore described step-by-step how he and his cousin abducted two 14-year-old friends and sexually assaulted them.
"I drug both bodies into the woods where I disposed of them. Oh and you can believe, I collected hair. It took a couple days to recover from that. It was a perfect experience," Gore wrote.
In another letter, Gore described his uncontrollable desire to kill.
"It's sort of along the lines as being horny. You start getting horny and it just keeps building until you have to get some relief," Gore wrote. "That is the same with the URGE to kill. It usually starts out slow and builds and you will take whatever chances necessary to satisfy it. And believe me, you constantly think about getting caught, but the rush is worth the risk."
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers columnist Russ Lemmon, who has written about the Gore case, published a column for a few Florida newspapers on the day the editorial board had an interview with the governor. They talked about the book.
The board asked Scott if he had considered signing Gore's death warrant. The governor promised to look into it.
Meanwhile, letters poured into Scott's office, many of them mentioning the prison correspondence.
"Pete Earley provides compelling evidence that David Gore relishes every detail of his heinous murders," wrote Ralph Sexton, whose nephew was married to one of the women killed.
About a month after the editorial board meeting, Scott signed Gore's death warrant.
Gore's attorneys are now appealing, arguing in part that the governor's decision to sign the warrant was unfairly influenced by the editorial board.
A spokeswoman for Scott said he had not read the book.
Ciaglia said Gore blamed him after the death warrant was signed. Ciaglia said he is opposed to the death penalty.
"I told him that I did not actively pursue it. That there's a lot of people -- because you did some really, really bad things -- there's a lot of people that hate you and they want to see you executed and they used these letters to get people's attention as to the horrible crimes that you committed," Ciaglia said.
"The only person you can blame is Gore himself," Earley said. "His candor and his lack of compassion, empathy and remorse is stomach--churning."
David Alan Gore: A killer with no remorse
April 9, 2012
After confessing to 6 killings, Goreâ€™s execution is tied to the brutal rape, murder of a Vero Beach girl, 17
â€œI seen her running down the road so I started running after her and I was hollering for her to stop, and when she wouldnâ€™t, I shot over her head,â€ recalled Gore in a deposition. â€œI kept running after her and then she tripped and â€¦ she was trying, like, resisting, fighting me, so I throwed (sic) her to the ground. Thatâ€™s when I shot her in the head.â€
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/david-alan-gore-a-killer-with-no-remorse-2291217.htmlVERO BEACH â€” When a panicked David Alan Gore bolted nude from his parentsâ€™ home July 26, 1983, he charged after abducted teenager Lynn Elliott as she stumbled hands tied and naked down a long drive, fleeing a scene of rape and torture.
Her tormentor raised his revolver, shouted for her to stop, then fired a bullet over the 17-year-oldâ€™s head.
â€œI kept running after her then she tripped and fell and then I caught up to her,â€ Gore, then 29, recalled later during a sworn statement. â€œI started dragging her back and she was trying, like, resisting, fighting me, so I throwed (sic) her to the ground. Thatâ€™s when I shot her in the head.â€
Shooting Elliott twice, Gore recounted, was a â€œreflex, just to shut her up.â€
He knew a teenage boy bicycling saw the afternoon shooting. He hid Elliottâ€™s body in the trunk of his vacationing parentsâ€™ 1975 white Mercury Monarch and retreated inside the home, where another naked girl, Regan Martin, 14, remained hogtied but alive.
â€œI went in and turned on the (police) scanner,â€ Gore said, â€œI knew the boy had seen me.â€
Goreâ€™s murderous acts earned the confessed serial killer a spot on Floridaâ€™s death row in 1984, where he has spent 28 years fighting to overturn his death sentence. He was sentenced to death a second time in 1992 after a federal judge in 1989 granted him a new sentencing proceeding. He also is serving five consecutive life prison terms for the other murders.
At 6 p.m. Thursday at Florida State Prison in Starke, Gore, 58, is scheduled to be executed for Elliottâ€™s first-degree murder under a death warrant Gov. Rick Scott signed Feb. 28.
The pretty, sandy-haired Vero Beach girl who Gore and his accomplice and maternal cousin Fred Waterfield, then 30, picked up in Waterfieldâ€™s silver and black four-wheel-drive truck, was the last of several women the two killers targeted for abduction between 1981 and 1983. Dubbed â€œthe Killing Cousins,â€ authorities say Gore and Waterfield were responsible for a series of murders in Indian River County and set a gruesome standard for slayings in Vero Beach.
For longtime locals, Goreâ€™s crimes recall a fretful era when a string of killings shattered a communityâ€™s notion that then-quaint Vero Beach was immune to such acts of evil. Gore didnâ€™t kill all of his victims, and some evaded abduction. Investigators though, believed his murder spree showed a pattern of escalating brutality.
Gore has not responded to a written request for an interview. Death row rules allow Gore to grant final media interviews before his execution, but prison officials said he has declined.
WITNESS TO MURDER
Police were watching Gore before July 1983. Phil Redstone, a retired Indian River County Sheriffâ€™s Office detective, led the Elliott investigation. He said he knew Gore was on parole for armed trespassing after he was caught in June 1981 with a loaded gun in the back seat of a womanâ€™s car outside a Vero Beach doctorâ€™s clinic. Gore was ordered to prison for five years, but he was released in March 1983, state records show.
Before Elliottâ€™s murder, Redstone said authorities suspected Gore in the disappearance of three women. At a preliminary hearing in his 1981 armed trespass case, Assistant State Attorney James Balsiger told Circuit Judge L.B. Vocell the state had reason to believe Gore was a â€œstrong suspectâ€ in the curious case of three women who disappeared in February and July of that year. Balsiger in 1981 said he didnâ€™t have anything to support his suspicions, but in court he insisted â€œevery time someone turns up missing, (Gore) seems to be in the area.â€
â€œItâ€™s not in the best interest of women in this community that he (Gore) be let out on the streets,â€ said Balsiger in court at the time.
Goreâ€™s ultimate undoing started with the neighbor boy on his bike, Michael Rock, then 15. The teen, startled by what he saw, returned home to alert his family and law enforcement. Rock witnessed the brutal slaying, he later testified. When police arrived at 3925 Fifth St. S.W., deputies discovered Elliott, apprehended Gore and rescued Martin after a tense, 90-minute standoff.
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