Everyone has their own interpretation of what’s just in this world. For Tina Curl, justice will be served only when she watches the lethal cocktail of Pavulon, sodium thiopental and potassium chloride seep into Donald Moeller’s veins. The world will be just only when she witnesses Moeller fight and struggle against the gurney straps until he draws his last breath.
Tina has waited 22 years to see the man who raped and killed her 9-year-old daughter die. Now, that day has finally arrived. The only problem is that Tina and her husband can’t afford to make the trip.
Tina and her husband Dave are currently living off of a $721 monthly check that Tina receives for disability. Dave is unemployed, but looking for work. That kind of money “doesn’t even cover the bills,” Tina told ABCNews.com, which makes the proposed journey from the couple’s home in Lake Luzerne, N.Y. to Moeller’s prison in Sioux Falls, S.D. difficult to realize. Complicating the matter even further is the fact that Tina suffers from a heart condition that renders her unable to fly.
To attend the execution, the couple will have to drive the 1,400 miles to South Dakota. There, they will have to stay in a motel for up to a week until the prison officially sets the date Moeller is to die. At the moment, he is scheduled to be executed sometime between October 28 and November 3. The actual time of the injection is set at the warden’s discretion and will likely not be determined until that week. All in all, Tina estimates the trip will cost her and Dave between $3,000 and $4,000.
With only two months left before Moeller is to be killed, Tina is hoping against hope that she’ll be able to raise the money. “I have waited 22 long years for this,” she said. “He watched [my daughter] die and I am going to watch him die. He watched her take her last breath and I’m going to watch him take his last breath.”
Tina’s daughter, Becky O’Connell, was abducted on her way to the nearby convenience store in May of 1990. Police found her body in the woods the next morning. An autopsy found that she had been raped and that she died from a cut to her jugular vein, according to court documents.
So far, Tina has managed to raise $890 in donations, some of it through a fundraiser held at a local bar. Though her case has been picked up by several news outlets, the money is coming in slowly. The controversial nature of her cause has earned Tina nearly as much criticism as charity from her fellow citizens. Incidentally, the case has not been widely publicized on a national level, either. (I just assumed this was true. It is, right?)
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