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Opening Arguments

A thrilling sendoff

Oprah's TV efforts have always seemed just a heartbeat away from being a freak show, and now she dives into the slime bucket head first:

WESTVILLE -- A month from the day he is set to be executed at the Lakeside Correctional Facility, Matthew Eric Wrinkles will appear on national television, confronting the family of his victims and Oprah Winfrey.

Wrinkles, an Evansville man convicted in the 1994 murders of Debra Jean Wrinkles, 31; her brother, Mark "Tony" Fulkerson, 28; and Fulkerson's wife, Natalie "Chris" Fulkerson, 26, is to appear on "The Oprah Winfrey" show with relatives of the victims, including his two children, according to a preview on the Oprah.com Web site.

If -- make that when -- we start televising executions, others will bet on Maury Povich or Jerry Springer to get the deal, but my money's on Oprah. She can even have Dr. Oz pronounce the guy dead and Dr. Phil lead us all in seeking closure. Now, that's entertainment!


Bob G.
Tue, 11/10/2009 - 12:25pm

You bet that's entertainment...!
How about a nationwide call-in raffle to see who gets to "flip the switch"?
Think of the revenue for the STATES!
Screw anymore "stimulus" plans..we got the solution right HERE.

Tue, 11/10/2009 - 4:59pm

All we need now is a Roman coliseum and some lions.

Tue, 11/10/2009 - 5:10pm

Gadfly is right about the lions. Of course, we'll need some Christians to throw to them.