I’ve already forgotten how I stumbled across this blog written by a guy who has been on death row for over 30 years. He is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday. His name is William Van Poyck. He is a career criminal, mostly armed robberies. He had a few “life sentences” in Florida and at one point he and a cell mate or prison buddy were in a van going for a medical visit and the two decided to try to free the third guy and escape. His buddy killed a guard and the three did not get very far. His was later stomped to death in the jail by other guards. They sent Poyck to Virginia for his own safety until his execution date came up. He’s been back in Florida for a few years now, and it’s time.
Poyck did not pull the trigger that killed the guard but was involved in a felony that resulted in someone’s death. (felony murder). So anyway, it looks like there is no more hope for him and he has 3 days to live. Meanwhile, his sister has been publishing all of the letters he sent her on a blog. They are really quite interesting and only marginally about his appeals or the prison living conditions. He reads a lot of books and discusses current events. I have become fascinated and am reading backwards through the chronology which I am starting to assume begins with his return back to Florida.
Anyway, I promised a HOUSEWIVES connection, and there is one. In this entry, he talks about his first arrest and how he was assigned Roy Black who at that time was a public defender in Miami and is now a hot shot criminal defense attorney married to Lea Black. If you read the post you see that his father hires an attorney for him rather than going with the public defender and this guy feels it changed the entire trajectory of his life. It doesn’t matter what criminal is in the news, it somehow always leads back to the Blacks. Weird, no? Anyway, his writing is pretty interesting. I have shared the link with a few people but now, with this Lea Black connection, I thought I would make a post. If you need a long read on a rainy Sunday AND you have already read EVERYTHING HERE, 🙂 you might find it interesting.