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« on: March 10, 2011, 11:47:45 AM »
Death Row Killer Outlives Victim's Dad, Who Sought Justice for DecadesMar 9, 2011 9:04 PM READING THIS NOW

Tori Richards
For 27 years, a heartbroken father turned victims' rights advocate penned hundreds of letters and newspaper articles, slamming the California judicial system that let his daughter's killer languish on death row with no execution date in sight.

All the while, his nemesis, serial killer Dean Carter, churned out missives of his own in a blog that decried San Quentin's slow mail service, cramped conditions and restrictive visitation policies
Cullins Family / North County Times
George Cullins, 88, has fulfilled his long-held prediction that he would die before the man who murdered his daughter in 1984.
"He was a fine gentleman. I'm sorry that he did not see this case completed," California Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Koch told AOL News. Koch handled Carter's many appeals spanning 20 years, including argument in front of the California Supreme Court. The case is now in the federal appeals process.

Cullins died March 1 from complications of an auto accident that has also left his wife hospitalized with a broken neck. He is survived by three adopted children.

Janette Cullins, 24, was his second-oldest child when she was strangled in her San Diego apartment in 1984 and her body stuffed into a closet, the North County Times reported.

The day before Janette's murder, Carter killed three women in Los Angeles. He also raped two others in a three-week crime spree brought on when women rejected his sexual advances, according to court records. Carter was convicted of all these crimes in a series of trials that ended in 1991 with a death sentence in Janette Cullins' case.

Carter was charged with a fifth murder in Northern California, but that case was dropped after he was sentenced to death.

Cullins' advocacy campaign began shortly after his daughter's death, when San Diego County billed him $65 for transporting Janette's body to the morgue. The following year the state passed a law doing away with such fees. In the 1990s, Cullins was responsible for enacting a law that quickened the court record certification process in death penalty cases, the first step in an appeal.

That same year, he decried the press for not making an issue of the slow process when David Westerfield was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to death for murdering 7-year-old Danielle Van Dam. Cullins said Westerfield "has an almost 100 percent chance of dying of old age on death row than being punished as the court has assigned."

Not to be outdone, Carter has been writing a series of columns since 1995 titled "Deadman Talking." In rambling essays composed on a typewriter and mailed to a friend who posts them online, Carter gives a detailed view of life on death row and how the outside world is passing him by.

"It's extremely disturbing," prosecutor Koch said, adding that he had the unfortunate task of reading the blog on a regular basis. "He claims that he is completely innocent and he is absolutely delusional in that regard. The record is clear that he is responsible for the deaths of five women and rapes of two others."

Carter's first post read: "...most of the people on Death Row are fairly normal. Sure, there are the ones here that I would never turn my back on. There are some people here that would make Hannibal Lechter seems like a nice guy. But as I said, most guys here are not slobbering lunatics or cold blooded killers..."
"Defendant, an apparently unremorseful serial killer and rapist, is precisely the type of individual against whom virtually any California prosecutor would seek the death penalty," the court wrote in its opinion upholding his death sentence. "Defendant is totally unconvincing in suggesting otherwise."

But the court had no power to speed up that ultimate penalty.

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