Murdered by Mumia

Michael Smerconish | THE NAME IN THE TITLE

Ever since I’ve discovered Tony Allen’s Anti-MOVE/Mumia blog I’ve been kind of laying off of convicted cop killing scumbag Mumia Abu Jamal. Tony is more close to the case and more eloquent and passionate about it than I am plus I’ve been extremely busy and have had to let some subject matter fall by the wayside.

However I just read this column by Michael Smerconish about how the name came up for the book he co-wrote with Maureen Faulkner, the widow of slain police Officer Danny Faulkner, and I thought that this quote was worth noting.

“I still have grave concerns about having to constantly refer to Jamal first, then talk about my struggle and Danny’s murder. Having his name in the title opens the door for Jamal’s supporters to tell everyone that we, in particular me, couldn’t make it without exploiting Jamal and using ‘his’ fame to sell our book.”

I responded that everyone would know that, in fact, she was not accepting a dime for this project, nor am I, despite our three years of labor. All proceeds benefit a not-for-profit she established for the education of Philadelphia children who’ve lost a parent to murder.

If you’re interested in knowing the true story behind the murder of Daniel Faulkner and why I think Mumia Abu Jamal should be executed please pick up Murdered by Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain, and Injustice. (That’s a non paying link by the way)

Maureen Faulkner speaks

Slain officer’s widow, returning to speak, still feels pain of loss:

Maureen Faulkner, the widow of Officer Daniel Faulkner who was killed by convicted cop killing scumbag Mumia Abu-Jamal, is returning to the Philadelphia area to speak to a South Jersey group that raises funds for the families of slain and injured police, fire, and emergency workers. She still speaks of the pain she has over her husband’s death…

Maureen Faulkner, who turns 50 this year, has lived half her life since her husband, Daniel, a Philadelphia police officer, was shot dead in December 1981.

Sometimes a song can do it, sometimes news about the appeal efforts of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former radio journalist convicted of the killing.

Others times, she breaks down crying for no reason at all.

“When someone you loved so dearly is murdered so brutally, it stays with you forever,” she said yesterday. “You can never get over it.”

Faulkner, a graduate of Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, moved to California after Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death in 1982 for her husband’s killing. She had been married only a year.

She began lobbying for Abu-Jamal’s death warrant to be signed in the mid-1990s after his social commentaries were published in a book titled Live From Death Row.

Faulkner remains committed to seeing him put to death.

“I sat through the trial, and I was there for the testimony from the eyewitnesses who talked about Mumia bending down and shooting Danny in the head,” she said. “As much as his supporters try to twist the truth of what happened, the fact is that he murdered Danny.”

Faulkner has not been back to the Philadelphia area a little more than four years ago when she attended the unveiling of a memorial plaque at 13th and Locust Streets, the intersection where her 25-year-old husband was shot.

She has no plans to stop by the site but will visit his grave at Glenwood Memorial Cemetery in Broomall.

Yet the cop killing scumbag that is Mumia Abu-Jamal is still breathing and being treated like a damn hero. As long as he remains alive there is no justice.

Tookie and Mumia

Tookie and Mumia:

Who would have thought? An actual informative and entertaining piece from the Huffington Post. Then again it is from Michael Smerconish whose work I’ve previously enjoyed in the Philadelphia Daily News.

Anyway, it’s a great piece about the similarities between the case of Tookie Williams and the never-ending saga of convicted cop killing scumbag Mumia Abu Jamal. And it especially looks at how it affects Maureen Faulkner, the widow of Officer Daniel Faulkner who was killed by Mumia Abu Jamal.

“These weeks have been very emotional for me because people have been bringing up Danny’s case out here in California,” she told me. “Last week I was driving home from work and a talk radio station was discussing Williams and Abu-Jamal, and there was Mike Farrell, saying many of the same things he has said in Danny’s case. I just pulled over and started crying. It’s been 24-years, and I am a strong woman, but it was emotional to hear it once again.”

“I feel as though justice was done to this man who has never actually said he murdered these individuals, he denied it, he never apologized and it’s a sad thing for the families, but at least they have peace,” she said.

She was referring to the sort of peace she still seeks.

Now that the attention is off of Tookie maybe the Pennsylvania courts will get around to reinstating Mumia’s death sentence and hopefully give Maureen Faulkner the peace she deserves.