Frank Spisak #175 472
P. O. Box 788
1150 North Main Street
Mansfield, Ohio 44901
Wacky World Of Murder: Frank Spisak
- Or so Spisak thought after the trial.
When not in drag, Frank worshipped Adolf Hitler, eventually he stopped wearing gowns and high heels and started immatating his idol, going as far as growing a toothbrush mustache and slicking his hair down in a Hitler fashion.
In February 1982, Spisak started a series of "search-and-destroy missions" to "clean-up" the city. He invaded the campus of Cleveland State University, shooting a black minister to death in the mens room. Four months later he wounded another black man. and in August, he started a full-scale rampage. By the end of the month he had killed 50 year old Timothy Sheehan, the assistant superintendent of the buildings and grounds at CSU, and 17 year old Brian Walford, killed near the campus. A third attack failed when he missed a CSU employee. Both the employee and Sheehan were white, but Spisak had thought they were Jews.
In September 1982 he was arrested for firing a gun out his apartment window, and released on bail before an anonymous caller advised police to re-examine his .22 caliber gun. Test bullets matched the slugs retrieved from one of the murders.
Spisak later confessed to other murders, claiming "my aim was pretty good." Pleading insanity at his trial in August 1983, Spisak declared taht his war had been launched under orders from God, his "immediate superior." Jews were to blame for his earlier transvestite episodes, having "seized control of his mind." When asked how his brain was now working he replied "never better."
The Judge asked jurors to disregard Spisak's plea for insanity for lack of evidence. After five hours of deliberation, he was sentenced to death. Frank addressed the court with deviance. "Even though this court may pronounce me guilty a thousand times, the higher court of our great Aryan warrior God pronounces me innocent. Heil Hitler!" Spisak is currently still on death row in Ohio.
Frank Spisak did not get a fair trial:
He had insufficient counsel. Justice Stevens wrote that his “counsel’s argument grossly transgressed the bounds of what constitutionally competent counsel would have done in a similar situation….the argument [Spisak’s defense attorney’s closing argument] shares more in common with a prosecutor’s closing than with a criminal defense attorney’s. Indeed, the argument was so outrageous that it would have rightly subjected a prosecutor to charges of misconduct.”The jury was given sufficient instructions during the sentencing stage about the consequences and possibilities of a sentencing other than the death penalty.
We, the undersigned, together with the family and friends of Frank Spisak, urge Governor Strickland to commute Frank Spisak’s death sentence.
Frank Spisak suffers from a schizotypal personality disorder and an atypical psychotic disorder.
Frank Spisak did not get a fair trial:
• He had insufficient counsel. Justice Stevens wrote that his “counsel’s argument grossly transgressed the bounds of what constitutionally competent counsel would have done in a similar situation….the argument [Spisak’s defense attorney’s closing argument] shares more in common with a prosecutor’s closing than with a criminal defense attorney’s. Indeed, the argument was so outrageous that it would have rightly subjected a prosecutor to charges of misconduct.”
• The jury was given sufficient instructions during the sentencing stage about the consequences and possibilities of a sentencing other than the death penalty.
We deeply sympathize with the family and friends of Rev. Horace Rickerson, Timothy Sheehan, and Brian Warford but we respectfully offer that another death will neither heal nor resolve this tragedy
Action petitioned for: We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge Governor Strickland to commute the sentence of Frank Spisak to life without parole.
Contact the Ohio governor
Greetings Governor Strickland,
I am writing to you to express my concerns regarding the execution scheduled for Frank Spisak on Feb.17th in Ohio. Frank suffers from schizotypal personality disorder and atypical psychotic disorder. The death penalty to begin with, is inhumane, cruel, immoral, uncivilized and vengeful, but executing a mentally ill individual, is simply barbaric and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The death penalty is unnecessary and ineffective. Research has proven that it does not deter or reduce violent crime. It also fails to promote healing or restore peace to the victims' families. You cannot fight death with death. The death penalty does not solve or accomplish anything positive. In addition to Spisak's mental illnesses, he also did not receive adequate legal representation. The jury was also given insufficient instructions during sentencing about the consequences and possibilities of a sentencing other than the death penalty. In these respects, Frank Spisak did not receive a fair trial. That is unacceptable.
I urge you, Governor Strickland, to commute Spisak's death sentence. The death penalty completely denies the possibility or opportunity for rehabilitation, restoration and self-improvement. Frank Spisak could greatly benefit from mental health programming treatment and services. Please help this mentally disordered man and commute his death sentence.
Triple murderer Spisak set to be executed next February
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Frank Spisak, the notorious cross-dressing, Hitler-loving triple murderer, is set to be executed on Feb. 17, 2011.
The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday set Spisak's execution date. Spisak killed three people and tried to kill two others between February and August of 1982 at Cleveland State University.
He was sentenced to death in 1983 but since then his attorneys have filed a string of a legal challenges that have repeatedly delayed the execution.
Spisak's current attorneys have argued that their client received poor legal advice from his previous legal team during his trial nearly three decades ago. And the sanity of Spisak, an admitted racist who hated black and Jewish people and liked to cross-dress and refer to himself as Frances Anne Spisak, was also at question.