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Monday, August 24, 2015

A murderer from Central Casting

You may have read of the Louisiana state trooper who was shot and killed yesterday after stopping to help a stranded motorist. From the AP article:

Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, 43, died Monday, a day after an apparently stranded motorist shot him in the head and then stood over him to tell him he was going to die soon, state police said.

Authorities plan to charge Kevin Daigle with first-degree murder in the trooper’s slaying. Vincent had been trying to help a man whose pickup truck was stuck sideways in a ditch, Col. Mike Edmonson said.

Killing someone who is only trying to help you is a particularly vile form of murder. And standing above him to tell him he's about to die is about the most vicious form of gloating imaginable.

Now it turns out that Daigle is also suspected of having murdered his roommate right before killing Vincent. This would, technically, make him a serial killer. 

I was struck by this photograph of Kevin Daigle taken after he was in custody:

He really looks evil. There's not only no remorse in that expression, there actually seems to be a look of triumph. He's looking straight into the camera lens as if daring us to do something about it. His eyebrows have a somewhat devilish arch. And he has those thin lips I keep seeing on Caucasian sociopaths.

I was surprised to read that Daigle is only 54.   

And I was glad to read that Louisiana has the death penalty. Hopefully he'll never get to be as old as he already looks. 


Anonymous said...

I was surprised by the killer's age too, figuring he was in his 70's. He doesn't look like a nice person. To me, the man has no lips.


John Craig said...

Birdie --
I wonder if it was meth that aged him so rapidly.

Anonymous said...

How do you kind of smile after killing two people? I don't know if he's a meth user or not. It crossed my mind that maybe the guy doesn't have any teeth.


John Craig said...

Birdie --
Now that you mention it, that could be a possibility.

Steven said...

I wouldn't have noticed myself but he does have a look of triumph...

He also looks a bit reptilian with those eyes.

Quartermain said...

I almost said feed to the wolves but that would cruelty to animals, so I would inclined to send him to the gas chamber.

Anonymous said...

Or before a firing squad.

Quartermain said...

I prefer because it is slower and more painful. Like Gilbert and O'Sullivan said let the punishment fit the crime.

John Craig said...

Allan (and Anonymous) --
Most people who are executed get far less painful deaths than the ones they inflicted.

Dave Moriarty said...

the politically correct might want to excuse him on basis he is sadistically challenged
but I go along with the torturers here