Billy Ray White of Georgia vowed 20 years ago that when he got out of prison, he would track down relatives of the man he’d murdered and subject them to gruesome deaths, says CNN.com. The letters were signed “Charles Manson,” but White has admitted to writing them. In a 1991 letter to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole, he acknowledged that writing them was a “stupid thing” to do and asked for forgiveness.
In June, White was denied parole for the sixth time since he was sentenced in 1985 to two consecutive life sentences plus 10 years for Hall’s murder, armed robbery and theft of a motor vehicle. His parole comes up again for reconsideration next April, in a scenario that plays out similarly every day across the U.S., pitting the interests of surviving victims against the rights of convicts to re-enter society if deemed ready. White was sentenced to two life sentences before the era of life without parole. Had he been sentenced today, he would be a likely candidate for life without parole, said University of Georgia law Prof. Ronald Carlson. “This is a classic case of how parole boards have to balance a commendable life after the crime versus the heinousness of the offense, but that’s somewhat of a diminishing problem because we have now life without parole for this sort of crime,” Carlson said.