The defeat of Proposition 34 is good news for those of us all around the nation who are pulling for Catherine Burke and her family to get justice in vicious slaying of their 18 year old daughter Saskia. It means that the death penalty is still on the table for her 19 year old killer, William Gary Simpson. Saskia was tragically murdered December 20, 2011, in her Murrieta, California home Simpson who also attacked and injured her father and boyfriend too.
California voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have repealed the state’s death penalty. Proposition 34 lost by about 6 percentage points, dimming the hopes of death penalty opponents who were trying to abolish the death penalty in California and clear the largest death row in the nation.
Last December, Catherine Burke and her husband experienced the unthinkable — their 18 year-old daughter, Saskia Burke, was stabbed to death in the family’s Murrietta home by an acquaintance. Burke says that, while seeking the death penalty for her daughter’s killer carries its own moral weight, nothing can match the suffering experienced by the Burke family: “I carry that guilt, I carry that regret and that shame and that horror. And he carries none of it. He smiled as he stabbed my daughter…Where do we draw the moral line for those that will never feel moral obligation or responsibility in society? We can’t call them moral creatures.” (Link)