Is there any monster too evil for Gov. Newsom and the Dem pro-crime complex to free?
Here are some past greatest hits.
Gov. Gavin Newsom will not block the release of a killer who served four decades in prison for the murder of a developmentally disabled Clovis man he buried alive, officials said Monday.
Newsom took no action last Friday on the state parole board’s latest decision to grant parole to David Weidert, meaning that the 58-year-old is now eligible for release.
Weidert and a 16-year-old accomplice then lured Morganti into a car and took him to an isolated place and forced him to dig his own grave. They beat him with a baseball bat and a shovel, stabbed him with a knife and choked him with a telephone wire.
Morganti eventually suffocated after he was buried alive.
All good with Newsom, who did draw the line at freeing Sirhan Sirhan, only because he knew the boomer Dem backlash would be too great. This though is fine.
Frederick Woods was 24 years old in 1976 when he and two other men kidnapped a bus full of children in northern California in what would become the largest mass kidnapping in US history.
Now 70, Woods is set to become a free man after he was granted parole Tuesday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Woods was originally found suitable for parole in March, but Gov. Gavin Newsom referred the decision for review by the full parole board, said CDCR Deputy Press Secretary Terry Thornton. During the review Tuesday, the board affirmed the hearing panel’s decision to grant parole, Thornton said.
Woods and brothers Richard and James Schoenfeld pleaded guilty to kidnapping 26 children and their bus driver in Chowchilla, California, more than 45 years ago.
The children, ages 5 to 14, and their bus driver were driven about 100 miles to a remote quarry near Livermore, California, where the kidnappers ordered their victims into a moving van buried six feet underground.
The kidnappers demanded $5 million ransom as their victims were held in deplorable conditions, with the stench of vomit and filth intensified by the searing California heat.
After 16 hours underground, the driver and children dug themselves out and escaped as the kidnappers were asleep.
Woods and the two brothers were each given 27 sentences of seven years to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
What CNN isn’t telling you is that Woods is extremely rich. These were mostly rich kids. And that there’s a Newsom family connection.
The governor’s late father, state Judge William Newsom, was on an appellate panel in 1980 that reduced the men’s life sentences to give them a chance at parole. Once retired, he advocated for their release in 2011, noting that no one was seriously physically injured during the kidnapping.
Newsom’s father even appeared at rallies. It’s doubtful he was doing this for nothing.
This is in some ways another Jeffrey Epstein case which shows how much power and privilege, with the right political connections, can buy you.
New reporting shows the one kidnapper still in prison, Fred Woods, has been making money and running businesses while incarcerated. A prison investigation determined he even launched a lawsuit from behind bars — suing an employee for $1.5 million.
Woods has found ways to ease his long prison term. He’s had four wives, three of whom married him in prison. With his trust fund, Woods bought an ocean view mansion in Nipomo, which sits mostly vacant some 30 minutes down the road from the prison. It is appraised at $1.5 million. At the beginning of this year he sold another property his family owned on Martha’s Vineyard for $550,000.
Woods is a descendant of two prominent California families — the Newhalls and the Woods —and the heir to a family fortune. He has a trust fund from his parents, which he shares only with a sister who is institutionalized with Down syndrome. In one court filing, the trust fund he inherited was described as “over $100 million,” a number his lawyer Dominique Banos of Los Angeles dismissed as “nothing anywhere near that.”
Nevertheless, Woods has continued to make money. His gold mine hasn’t panned out but his car business is thriving. He sold an old Rolls Royce for $100,000.
Two of the vehicles in Woods’ car inventory are the twin vans in which the kidnapped children were transported from Chowchilla to their underground prison in the quarry, according to Michael Bianchi. He says Woods has kept the old vans with the expectation that the notoriety of Chowchilla will make the vehicles worth a lot of money.
After he retired, Judge Newsom became an outspoken advocate for the Chowchilla kidnappers, saying that the notorious crime was just a youthful “stunt” that had “no vicious aspect to it.”
Judge Newsom lived long enough to see his son, Gavin, elected California’s 40th governor. Now Governor Newsom will have the final say on whether Fred Woods is ever successful in his bid for parole.
Under Newsom, evil wins again.