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article imageOhio executes Frank Spisak, Nazi sympathizer and triple murderer

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By Kim I. Hartman     Feb 17, 2011 in Crime
Lucasville - Frank Spisak was put to death with an injection of sodium thiopental at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility this morning for his 1982 murderous spree in which he killed three people in the area surrounding Cleveland State University campus.
Spisak was convicted of three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of robbery and one count of attempted murder in Cuyoga County, Ohio almost 30 years ago.
He was accused of "conducting his own race war in Cleveland by searching out and shooting African Americans." He called the shootings "hunting missions," 19ActionNews.com.
Spisak's victims included the Rev. Horace Rickerson, Timothy Sheehan and Brian Warford. The three men were found on the grounds of Cleveland State University, two of the bodies were discovered in restrooms and one at a campus bus stop, according to information provided in the request for clemency that submitted to the State of Ohio Adult Parole Board on Spisak's behalf.
He was also convicted of shooting John Hardaway seven times and shooting at Coletta Dart, a Cleveland State University employee, who managed to get away from the gunman without being hit. Hardaway survived the shooting to later identify Spisak and testify against him. He also witnessed today's execution at the Lucasville prison.
The Parole Board voted 9-0 to provide an unfavorable recommendation for clemency to Ohio Governor John Kasich. The Governor followed the Board recommendations and denied clemency. "His final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected late Wednesday afternoon," reports FOX News.
"Spisak identified himself as a woman and referred to himself in correspondence as Frances Spisak, a name his attorneys also used," according to AOL News.
"His attorneys claimed he was bi-polar and was too mentally ill to die," reports CBS. "During his 1983 trial, Spisak grew a Hitler-style mustache, carried a copy of Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" and gave the Nazi salute to the jury."
Cleveland's FOX8 reported: "For his final statement, Spisak recited Biblical verses from the book of Revelations. In German, or at the very least in a language that appeared to be German-like, he read the first seven verses of the 21st chapter of Revelations." AOL News reported he muttered "Heil Herr," when he was finished, prompting Jeffrey Duke, the brother of slaying victim Brian Warford to say "Speak English, you fool."
The 59-year-old triple murderer set an "Ohio record for the longest time on death row, with more 27 years behind bars awaiting today's execution," reports CBS News.
Spisak was pronounced dead at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at 10:34 a.m
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