John Thanos' Letter To The Governor

July 17, 1993

This is the letter John Frederick Thanos wrote to Gov. William Donald Schaefer April 21, 1992. Governor Schaefer:

You said on the news tonight that something's wrong with this appeal process in these death penalty cases. I won't speak for others, but in my case I agree with you.

My question is what are you going to do about it? I've got 3 attorneys who insist on filing motions and appeals for me after I've adamantly told them not to.

I've written to their superiors and told them to withdrawl [sic] all appeals and not file anymore. They've totally ignored my letters. Duplicity runs deep in how my case is being handled. Great amounts of tax payers monies are being squandered.

There is no question as to my guilt. I gave a lengthy video confession and I'm not sorry for anything -- in fact I don't want to die, I'd rather seek revenge by killing the youthful or elderly.

So what are you going to do to stop these public defenders from squandering the public's money when I don't want them filing frivolous motions and appeals that I've neither wanted or requested.

This is your chance to prove you're not a coward and all talk -- I'll not appeal and as soon as the Court of Appeals reviews my case as is mandatory, you sign that death warrant.

-- John F. Thanos

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