Two Executions in Three Weeks: Missouri to Execute Allen Nicklasson, Good Samaritan Killer

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Allen Nicklasson
Missouri will execute its second prisoner in three weeks early Wednesday morning.

Update 4:30 p.m.: The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Nicklasson's execution with just hours to spare, and the U.S. Supreme Court has until the end of Wednesday to overturn the order in time for the execution to proceed.

Allen Nicklasson shot and killed random victim Richard Drummond, who stopped to help Nicklasson and two friends when their car broke down on Interstate 70, during the so-called Good Samaritan killings of 1994.

Nicklasson, 41, is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday (Tuesday night.)

Nicklasson's execution comes just three weeks after the state killed Joseph Franklin, the racist serial killer who shot a man outside a synagogue. His execution was delayed for six hours by two judges who filed last-minute appeals eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Joseph Franklin
Franklin was the first -- and Nicklasson is the second -- inmate to die according to Missouri's new execution rule, which names pentobarbital, not the previously used three-drug cocktail, as the drug of choice. Missouri's new rules also prohibit the release of the name of the drug manufacturer, so no one -- including the Food and Drug Administration -- knows what lab the drug comes from, its potency or its contamination level.

See also: 5 Reasons Missouri Should Use the Guillotine, Not Lethal Injection

Nicklasson's three-person killing spree started with a cross-state trip to buy drugs. On August 23, 1994, Nicklasson and two friends drove from Kansas City to St. Louis to buy meth. Their car broke down several times, even after they burglarized a home in Kingdom City for four guns, ammunition, a skinning knife, money, a pillowcase, change and a cracker box, according to court documents.

Drummond, a technical support supervisor for AT&T from Excelsior Springs, pulled over and offered to take the men to a telephone. They'd piled in the car with their drugs and stolen loot when Nicklasson aimed his .22 caliber handgun at Drummond's head and told him "you're going to take us where we want to go," according to court documents.

Drummond followed their directions to a secluded area, where Nicklasson walked him into the woods, ordered him on his knees to say his prayers and shot him twice in the head. Drummond's body was found eight days later.

See also: Missouri Death Penalty: ACLU Casts Doubt on Doctor Slated to Execute Two Inmates

Nicklasson and his buddy Dennis Skillicorn stole Drummond's car and killed two more people in Arizona. They were arrested hitchhiking in California, sentenced to life in prison in Arizona and then got the news from Missouri: a death penalty sentence for each. The third friend, Tim DeGraffenreid, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and avoided the death penalty.

Nicklasson has been on death row since 1996, and Skillicorn was executed in 2009.

Nicklasson tried to stop Skillicorn's execution, writing in a letter to Missouri that he'd had no idea Nicklasson would kill Drummond:

I was angry at myself long before I met Drummond. I was questioning why I couldn't have a nice car, home, wife, job, etc. I worked 24 hours sometimes and wanted to know why I worked so hard for nothing. I was very upset with Durmmond for being weak, and I was upset at myself for forgetting the rope (to tie him with), so I took all my pent-up anger out on him, a lifetime of anger. When I got back in the car, Dennis (Skillicorn) asked me if I tied him up. I said, 'No, I shot him.'

Nicklasson's lawyer is asking Governor Jay Nixon for clemency.

Continue reading to see the judgement in Nicklasson's 2007 appeal.


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35 comments
Mark Tabscott
Mark Tabscott

Touchy stuff......kinder and gentler?......or........arm of the lord-the iron sword??

Gene Margherita
Gene Margherita

Christmas is the time for killing!! I hope we don't turn into Texas.

Kasandra Tinajero
Kasandra Tinajero

As per the quote by Nicklasson, he does not express empathy for killing the man who tried to help him. He stated that he shot him because he had no rope. Maybe empathy was expressed in another statement not published although that quote is not in his favor. A death for a death sounds reasonable to me.

Joshua Rodgers
Joshua Rodgers

Costs more to put them to death???? Daniel Stout, have you no rope or strong hands??? These people do not deserve to be allowed to Rome freely to raise havoc nor should they be our burden to carry! If indeed they were unjustly convicted, St peter will find them a nice seat somewheres

Joshua Rodgers
Joshua Rodgers

And just what is the hold up??? There's 10000 in line behind him for fucks sake!!!!! ON WITH THE SHOW PLEASE! maybe we can clear up the docket all together and just gas death row

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

To be honest, that website is clearly against the death penalty, but that does not mean it can't break some much abused myths.

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

"Financial costs to taxpayers of capital punishment is several times that of keeping someone in prison for life. Most people don't realize that carrying out one death sentence costs 2-5 times more than keeping that same criminal in prison for the rest of his life. How can this be? It has to do with the endless appeals, additional required procedures, and legal wrangling that drag the process out. It's not unusual for a prisoner to be on death row for 15-20 years. Judges, attorneys, court reporters, clerks, and court facilities all require a substantial investment by the taxpayers. Do we really have the resources to waste?"

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

Becky, there are two ways to respond to that statement. One, should a life be determined worthy simply by how much it costs the state? I hope not. Plus, it is cheaper to keep someone in prison for life than to put them to death. While many will try to deny this truth, it is true because of the legal process that I hope each and every one of us would respect.

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

Dennis, no one can ever answer that question until they are put in that situation, but I have two ways that I will attempt to share my opinion. I am willing to guarantee that I would not want them put to death. Plus, me wanting them put to death or not should have no bearing on whether they SHOULD be put to death or not.

Becky Crisler Martin
Becky Crisler Martin

So, instead of killing these people who chose to take the lives of innocent people, we should pay for them to live in prison? Do you know how much it costs to take care of a prisoner for a year? We could be spending that money on mental health programs to help these people before they become criminals and harm others. Have you ever visited someone in prison? They have it pretty good, they must because so many people just keep going back. Many of them have it better there than they do in the "real world".

Dennis Collins
Dennis Collins

My only question to you Daniel is "would you still feel the same if he had taken the life of someone in your family?"

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

Oh, I get it. My people have informed me that is a reference to my lack of manhood. I would argue that growing a vagina is a more appropriate response, as testicles only need a simple smack to render a "so-called" man useless. A vagina, on the other hand, can take a beating have an 8 pound baby pass through it and come back for more.

Iva Marie Gibbs
Iva Marie Gibbs

No, it doesn't cost more to execute them. It costs more to keep them incarcerated.

Frank May
Frank May

They both deserve the death penally!

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

It costs more to execute someone than it does for them to live a life in prison. Plus, is money really an reason to kill some one?

Adam Schlosser
Adam Schlosser

Daniel Stout grow a pair. He killed a man in cold blood. He was shown more mercy than the man he killed. Did you even read the story?

Robert Tillman
Robert Tillman

they aren't doing it fast enough why should we hare to support someone who doesn't value another person's life

Lynn Pevey
Lynn Pevey

For every one they euthanize 100 more will take his place. We want to save money then we need to go back to the basics and start with our children and teaching them right from wrong....and when they do wrong, we as parents, beat their freakin @ss for it and teach them respect. We've become a society that coddles our children with no consequences for bad behavior because the law decides how we punish our children...not us as parents anymore.

Jon Todaro
Jon Todaro

They are being punished via the same method they committed the crime. Eye for an eye.

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

A society that kills to show that killing is wrong is doomed.

Lynn Pevey
Lynn Pevey

Gotta make space for the incoming...lol

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