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Chilling Note Left by Killer of 2 Firefighters Makes Us Wonder Why He Was Released From Prison (VIDEO)

by Nicole Fabian-Weber on December 26, 2012 at 7:10 AM

william spenglerWilliam Spengler, the 62-year-old ex-con who killed two firefighters in Webster, New York before setting his house on fire with his sister in it, left a chilling note for the world. As of now investigators are staying mum on the full context of the typed two- to three-page letter, and where it was found, but they released one incredibly disturbing line -- a line that is clear proof that Spengler should have never been released from jail 15 years ago after he was imprisoned for killing his grandmother with a hammer.

Police Chief Gerald Pickering said of the note that "there was some rambling in there and some intelligence we need to follow up on," but revealed this one line left by Spengler: "I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down, and do what I like doing best, killing people."

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Wow. The fact that Spengler was in possession of weapons such as a pump-action shotgun, a .38-caliber revolver, and a .223-caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle with flash suppression -- the same make and caliber weapon used by Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut -- is disconcerting enough. But what makes things all the more disturbing is that Spengler spent only 17 years in prison for "hammer slaying" his grandmother. Originally, Spengler was charged with murder for this death, but he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter -- supposedly to spare his family a trial.

I think it goes without saying that there are some major changes that need to take place in the government -- both in terms of gun control and the justice system. I mean, how does a man who beat his grandmother to death able to plead guilty to a lesser charge? And then get out on parole?

What do you think of this?

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  • miche...
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    micheledo

    December 26, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    I'm guessing as a convicted felon he wasn't supposed to have those guns, and if we had stricter laws there is NO way he would have had them.  (Sarcasm)

    It's absolutely awful what he did and I was thinking and praying for the families of those two firemen.  I really wish someone on The Stir had written a blog about those families and the commitment of firemen everywhere.  Focus on the lives that were lost and their continual bravery - instead of every blog about this fire being about gun control.


  • Ashle...
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    AshleyB1984

    December 26, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    He is already not allowed to have guns....shocker - he found a way to get them. Hence why innocent people want to have them as well.


  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    December 26, 2012 at 7:48 AM
    TY Micheledo, I live near the area and people are devastated. One of my friends are close to the families of the ones lost.

    Funny how the NRA, said almost the same exact thing.
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    PonyChaser

    December 26, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Hmmm... two out of the three weapons he used were NOT semi-autos. And yet, the "semi-automatic" weapon is the fault of the entire problem.

    He used a hammer in his first murder. Hammers are still legal.

    He pled this heinous murder (which was likely planned) down to "manslaughter". And yet, we do nothing about our law enforcement 'system'.

    He got out of prison on parole. And yet, we do not look at the prison system.

    He was likely nutty as squirrel poo, and yet, we will not discuss mental health.

    He set fires, destroying four homes and damaging several others. And yet, the incendiaries he used are unknown and considered perfectly safe.

    Gun laws prohibited him from going anywhere near a gun of any kind. And yet, we call for more gun laws of the same type.

    But you're right. It was the guns that were the problem. Totally makes sense.


  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    December 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Pony, we havee yet to hear how his sister died.


  • Mom2f...
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    Mom2fourlove

    December 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    God I love living in Canada!!!
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    lovinallofthem

    December 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    i echo what was said before, STRICTER gun control?? really?? how about also looking into why he has been released while obviously still in need of mental health aide? and how long do parole officers HAVE TO check in on them ? and why are guns part of that check in process??  same reason that most CPS workers dont ever really check into abuse allegations, and then innocent children are murdered by their care takers.. there are so many things that we as a 'civilized' society should be doing, but ARENT.


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    Guest

    December 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM
    I don't understand how anyone who is obviously guilty (I mean with physical evidence, etc.) even able to plea. These games the prosecutors play to make sure they conviction rate doesn't get messed-up (so they can later be candidates for elected office) are CRAP. I think prosecutors shouldn't be allowed to hold public office and that way they would be worried about actually doing their jobs instead of getting a good rate of conviction (which is why they plea out cases with enough evidence to prosecute)
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    butterflyfreak

    December 26, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Wow, PonyChaser, I think we might speak the same language, you know, COMMON SENSE. All of the other factors that you listed are WAY more important than exactly what kind of guns, and whether they qualify as semi-automatic. You know, considering the fact that his criminal history forbade him from having guns in the first place. Meaning our current "gun control" laws are not working, not the fact that there are all those other things at play that you so eloquently listed. And I agree with Guest, we need to start holding our prosecutors accountable to nail the violent criminals to the wall, and they should be working to get the harshest sentence possible!


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    MondayisFired

    December 27, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Please stop posting stories about the perpetraters in these crimes. There always ends up being so much media coverage about them, when they don't deserve to be named, or have a voice, while their victims go completely silent and remain faceless.

    Instead, I would much rather read memorials of the firefighters who lost their lives that day.


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