Danny Robbie Hembree Jr. is on death row for murdering three women in Gaston County, North Carolina. He wrote a letter to The Gaston Gazette saying that he is a gentleman of leisure in prison. He enjoys color TV in air conditioning, three wholesome meals a day, naps whenever he feels like it, and receives free government healthcare.
The two-page letter was received Monday, January 23, 2012 at The Gaston Gazette. Danny Hembree asked the newspaper to publish an editorial that he wrote. He thinks the judicial system is warped and he will never see death, even though he is on death row.
Danny Hembree wrote in his two-page letter, “Is the public aware that the chances of my lawful murder taking place in the next 20 years if ever are very slim? Is the public aware that I am a gentleman of leisure, watching color TV in the a/c, reading, taking naps at will, eating three well-balanced meals a day?”
“I’m housed in a building that connects to the new 55 million dollar hospital with round the clock free medical care 24/7,” he added.
Danny Robbie Hembree Jr. was found guilty in 2009 of murdering 17-year old Heather Catterton then was sentenced to death on November 18, 2011.
Danny Hembree was accused of murdering two women. One was Randi Dean Saldana 30-years old whose remains were found burnt and close by Blacksburg, South Carolina in 2009. Deborah Ratchford 30-years old was the second woman he murdered and her body was found in 1992.
Hembree admitted to taking drugs then having sex with the 17-year old Heather Catterton and 30-year old Randi Dean Saldana. He denied that he killed them and the dumping of their bodies in York County, South Carolina. His trial for Saldana’s murder will be in March 2012.
The catch to this, he confessed to killing all three of the women during a recorded police interview. Then later, he said the confessions were just a cover up for a string of armed robberies he executed in Mecklenburg County.
Along with the two-page letter, Hembree sent a copy of a different three-page letter that he said he is going to send to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Hembree explains the story and pending murder charges in the NAACP letter and he suggests that the NAACP get involved because the cases of the two white women are being tried first.
He adds that he thinks Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell has no intention of taking the Ratchford murder case to court. Then suggests that Bell’s intent is racially motivated. “I implore your great organization to pressure Mr. Bell until he gives Debora Ratchford her day in court in the interest of justice.”
Danny Hembree finishing his letter to The Gaston Gazette with, “I am a man who is ready to except [sic] his unjustful punishment and face God almighty with a clean conscience unlike you cowards and your cowardly system. Kill me if you can suckers. Ha! Ha! Ha!”
The letter is signed, “Sincerely, Danny Hembree.”