DOUBLE COP KILLER HONORED AS 'INMATE
OF THE MONTH'
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Sunday, October 30, 2005 11:56 p.m.
Just when you think you have heard it
Patrolman John Norcross and Camden
County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator John McLaughlin were
murdered on April 20, 1995 by Leslie Nelson (formerly Glen Nelson
until a 1992 sex change operation) who opened fire on the officers
with an AK-47. John Norcross' brother, Richard Norcross, was
also shot but survived. The officers responded to her
residence following up a weapons investigation.
In August of this year, Nelson was
honored as the “Inmate of the Month” by the Edna Mahan Correctional
Facility for Women, a maximum security prison located in northern
The honor came complete with a
luncheon, a certificate, and a hug from the warden of the prison.
Corrections officers in eye and
earshot of the event flipped upon seeing this and mobilized to get
word of this disgrace out to the rest of us.
One of these officers would later tell
the Trentonian Newspaper, "They don’t have an officer of the
month or an employee of the month, but we have inmate of the month.
"And the inmate of the month ends up being a cop-killer who gets a
big hug from the warden. It’s disgraceful."
Kudos to the CO’s there.
Nelson, who has been on and off New
Jersey’s joke of a death row, will be going back to court next year
to once again face the penalty phase.
The Department of Corrections said
Nelson was given the award for tutoring other inmates.
A DOC spokesman told the Trentonian,
“The idea there is to have restorative justice, to try to get
programs that encourage inmates to behave the right way or to make
amends for the behavior that got them into prison in the first
place. "A teacher or a supervisor nominates the inmates, and people
aren’t judged before they are given the certificate on the crime
To those responsible for this
disgrace, how dare you!
"Programs that encourage inmates to
behave the right way?" Don't you think that ship has passed in
Why is this monster in any type of
program geared toward rehabilitation anyway? What the hell is
going on over there?
Maybe it's me, but I just assumed that
double murderers did 23 hours in the cell each day. Now we
learn that this double murderer is allowed to participate in various
activities and work in the law library.
And, to make this even more repulsive,
you assign this "thing" as a tutor for other inmates? A COP
For Christ's sake, we are suppose to
be "the system."
What kind of system lets families of
murdered police officers read about the murderer being honored?
Forget for a moment that the victims
were police officers. No family should ever have learn that
the murderer of their loved one has been awarded the “inmate of the
This politically correct,
love-for-all, everyone’s-a-person crap has got to stop.
While our politics all differ, can’t
we at least agree that murderers and rapists and molesters should
receive punishment, not praise. Can’t we agree that they should be
banished from society and not simply relocated to participate in a
different society. Can’t we agree that double murderers shouldn’t be
attending luncheons and getting hugs?
A judge sent Nelson to prison, not
Okay, enough with our rant.
FOP Corrections launched the first
salvo of protests.
Others have joined in solidarity
including the State PBA which actually replaced the entire entrance
page to their website with two scathing letters, one a press release
regarding this situation and one to DOC Commissioner Devon Brown
expressing disgust and requesting the dismissal or demotion of the
There will be more to this story.
In closing, we offer a quote from the
Trentonian article. They interviewed the chief of
police from the Haddon Heights Police Department.
Haddon Heights police
chief Ronald Shute could barely bring himself to speak. "If I
had a comment, you wouldn’t be able to print it."
Monday, October 17, 2005 7:56 p.m.
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