The policing decisions that are being made right now are maddening to say the least. There are stories that are giving us serious pause, for sure. If you are anything like us, this story about a Gloucester, Massachusetts woman will make you wonder what is really going on in the world.
Barbara Goucher was a known drug addict back in 1998. She was in need of a fix when she approached a woman by the name of Florence “Bunny” Munroe. Munroe and Goucher were acquainted with one another at the time. Florence was looking to help Barbara out. She wanted to make sure that Barbara was able to straighten up.
While she had tried her best to assist her, she knew that she could not continue to give her money. When Florence was unwilling to provide the money she needed, Barbara lost it. She stabbed Florence 108 times and as if that were not enough, she finished the job by suffocating her.
Of course, it did not take long before she was found guilty and shipped off to prison. Fast forward to the present day and the situation is much different. Barbara Goucher was still residing at a high-security facility. She was one year away from being sent to a lower security jail.
If everything had gone according to plan, she was supposed to be transferred into a supervised release after spending time at the lower security facility. However, the state has decided to intervene. Since the coronavirus pandemic has made the prison systems more dangerous, more and more dangerous criminals are finding themselves eligible for an early release.
Confinement has been deemed too risky for these criminals and that’s why they are being allowed to hit the bricks more quickly. As you may have expected, the victim’s daughter was not very impressed with the decision. Why would anyone want to see their mother’s murderer released from prison early under these sorts of circumstances?
“You’re going to jail for this” were her mother’s dying words and now this dying wish is not even going to be honored. We understand the need to keep prison systems safe but what about the rest of us? How are we supposed to sleep at night when we know that dangerous murderers like these are roaming the streets without a care in the world?
The next person who is victimized by Barbara is going to be wondering why they were forced to suffer at the hands of someone who should still be locked up. New York City is also engaging in these cockamamie initiatives and we wish that they would think twice. They are turning the city into a lawless wasteland. It won’t be long before ordinary citizens are even more scared to walk the streets than they already are.
A convicted murderer will be released one year earlier than expected due to concerns over the coronavirus. Barbara Goucher, 54, will be released by the Massachusetts Parole Board on Tuesday, April 28.
Goucher pleaded guilty to second degree murder in 1999 after stabbing Gloucester resident, Florence “Bunny” Munroe to death.
“My mother’s dying words were, you’re going to jail for this,” Munroe’s daughter, Tammy O’Donnell told WBZ. “To sit here today and know that she’s getting out, that, you know, I can’t honor her last wish.”
O’Donnell said she was informed of Goucher’s release last Thursday.
A convicted rapist was recently given their early release and wouldn’t you know it? It only took a few days before they attempted to rape another innocent citizen. No one should be forced to live in fear because of the terrible decisions that are being made by their governing bodies. Unfortunately, this seems to be the new normal.
Innocent parents are being handcuffed and hauled off to jail while violent criminals are getting the red carpet treatment. Mayor Bill de Blasio should be taking the necessary steps to keep New York City residents safe. Instead, he is pretending to be mystified by the crime wave that he is at least partially responsible for creating. We are sure that he did not make these decisions all by himself.
We are not sure if Barbara Goucher is going to experience the same difficulties when it comes time to reintegrate into polite society. Maybe she has been rehabilitated. Perhaps she is finally ready to walk the straight and narrow. No one knows and that is the most terrifying aspect of this equation.
It’s a roll of the dice, to be sure. The only problem is that our elected officials are gambling with the lives of the general populace. The victim’s family tried their best to intervene. They clearly wanted her to serve the term in its full entirety. Apparently, their feelings do not matter to the state of Massachusetts.
Common sense just isn’t very common anymore. The northeastern streets are going to be jam-packed with violent criminals who are being given the chance to terrorize the population. We already have enough on our plates to deal with but no one seems to care. It’s every man (or woman) for themselves out here right now.