Death Row Inmate Boasts of 'Leisure' Life

'Kill me if you can suckers,' he writes to hometown paper

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 25, 2012 5:38 PM CST

(Newser) – A murderer awaiting execution in North Carolina wrote a letter to his hometown newspaper ridiculing the justice system and describing his life in prison as one of "leisure." 50-year-old Danny Robbie Hembree Jr. is on death row for killing teenager Heather Catterton in 2009, reports ABC News. Hembree sent the letter to the Gaston Gazette; in it he asks, "Is the public aware that I am a gentleman of leisure, watching color TV in the A.C., reading, taking naps at will, eating three well balanced hot meals a day?"

He adds that he has access to "round the clock free medical care 24/7." Hembree calls his death sentence "lawful murder" resulting from a corrupt legal system, but he taunts that the chances of his execution occurring in the next 20 years are "very slim." He concludes with, "Kill me if you can suckers. Ha! Ha! Ha!" The two-page, handwritten letter can be downloaded here.

Danny Hembree is seen in an undated photo provided by the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Danny Hembree is seen in an undated photo provided by the N.C. Department of Public Safety.   (AP Photo/N.C. Department of Public Safety)
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