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2007-07-27 23:34

Mangum, who described himself as “definitely not a homosexual,” said God called on him to “carry out a code of retribution” by killing a gay man because “sexual perversion” is the “worst sin.”

Mangum believed Cummings to be gay.

Mangum — who claimed he has studied the Bible for “thousands and thousands and thousands of hours” — said God first commanded him to kill during a “visitation,” or dream, while he was in prison in 2001. He said his victim must be a man because men “carry the harvest of the sinner.”

After six months’ planning, Mangum said, he went to E.J.’s, a Montrose-area club, where he met Cummings. After they drank a couple of beers, he said, the two went to Cummings’ home in Pearland.

Mangum said he stabbed Cummings with a “6-inch blade.”

“It’s not that I’m a bad dude,” he said, expressing concern that people might view him as “strange.” Pausing briefly, he said, “I love God.”


Murder suspect says he was doing God’s work
Cypress man is being held in the June death of flight attendant
By PAIGE HEWITT
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

July 15, 2007, 12:34AM

I haven’t done a survey, so my asserting that Texas is the most reviled state in the nation, and justifiably so, is only my opinion. I do have the general sense that even Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas (3 states commonly vying with Texas, in my experience, for the “most abominated” designation) lose out to TX when the question at hand is a state’s eagerness to hustle to death a criminal defendant. Indeed, in my (surely limited, skewed) experience, Texas is ever eager to leap above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to convicting, sentencing, and executing.

I truly can’t imagine how it might come to pass, even theoretically, that I’d form the desire to MOVE to Texas. I deliver this judgment despite having several non-retarded friends claiming happy Texas childhoods (oh, but where are they living now?), along with a handful who’ve cheerfully, and bizarrely, relocated there from Massachusetts. So why can’t I absorb anything useful from them about the delights of being a Texas citizen?

BECAUSE EVERYONE WITHOUT EXCEPTION I’VE EVER ENCOUNTERED WHO WANTS TO MAKE A CASE FOR THE CHARMS OF TEXAS IS ALWAYS FOCUSING ON AUSTIN!!!!!

OK, I’m willing to stipulate that Austin may be the rare Texas town reasonably akin to any moderately hip run-of-the-mill Massachusetts, California, Vermont, or Oregon town. Indeed, everyone I know who’s been there proclaims, in the face of my utter incredulity and ridicule concerns, that I’d love Austin. Few neglect to point out that life there’s cheap—which in old movies used to be a reason NOT to move somehwere—but whatever.

There was a time in my life when I was scrunched into a pattern of traveling for hair removal to Dallas three or four times a year, and frankly, much as I respected those I spent time with, I could never pass time there without suffering a great deal of agony simply from the general public discourse (e.g., on most days, nine hours via AM radio, not to mention such other massmarket textcasting as billboards, TV, and newspapers, to which I might be exposed), a discourse that was uniformly out-of-control hysterical, demogogic, and far, far more right wing than anything available in New England.

From the airport, to get to any destination in downtown Dallas, you pretty much have to take the recently completed so-called “President George Bush” freeway, which undoubtedly put me in a sour mood right off the bat.

I chastise myself, therefore, a little, for the moral inconsistency of being pleased that the gentle Mr. Mangum, described and quoted at the top, is actually facing the loathsome Texas legal system. But to me they seem made for each other.


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