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    Christian M. Longo - Oregon Death Row




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    Sentenced to death in 2003 for the 2001 murders of his son, Zachery, 4, and daughter Sadie, 3. He had previously pleaded guilty to killing his wife, Mary Jane, 34, and daughter Madison, 2. The authorities have said that Mrs. Longo and Madison were strangled but that it was not clear how the older children were killed.

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    Longo, killer on death row, wants to donate organs

    A notorious killer who received the death penalty for murdering his wife and three children on the Oregon Coast is waging a campaign to become an organ donor.

    Christian Longo, a death-row inmate at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, has launched a Web site to promote his two ambitions.

    Longo, 35, not only is seeking permission from state corrections officials to become an organ donor. He also is advocating for 2 million prisoners across the country to be granted the same choice.

    A Corrections Department spokeswoman confirmed this week that Longo has sought official approval to become an organ donor — either while he's alive or after he's executed.

    His request is drawing scrutiny from corrections officials.

    "The department looks at organ donation on a case-by-case basis," said Jennifer Black, a Corrections Department spokeswoman.

    If Longo's bid to become an organ donor were to be granted, it could be a first for Oregon's 14,000-inmate prison system.

    Black said she wasn't aware of any previous case in which a state prisoner had received permission to donate an organ. She remembered one case in which a prisoner was allowed to donate bone marrow for transplanting into a relative.

    Generally, prison officials are willing to consider organ-donation proposals, especially if an inmate has a sincere desire to help a sick relative, Black said.

    "If someone needs a bone marrow transplant or their mother needs a kidney and there's a match, then there's no reason that can't go forward," she said. "But it's not just a blanket 'yes.' All offenders can give part of their body away to somebody else. It has to be for the right reasons and the right person and all that."

    Prison officials don't want inmates to think that they might be able to sell their body parts for cash, Black said.

    "That's a big concern," she said. "We obviously don't want offenders selling their organs."

    Longo's bid to become an organ donor could spark public outrage and debate, partly because of the heinous nature of his crimes.

    Longo was sent to death row for the December 2001 murders of his wife, MaryJane Longo, and their three small children in Lincoln County.

    Police and prosecutors said Longo suffocated MaryJane, 34, and the children, stuffing their bodies in suitcases and sleeping bags and throwing them into shallow ocean inlets before going to work the following day and attending an office pizza party.

    Longo fled to Mexico after the slayings and was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.

    In January 2002, the fugitive was captured in Cancun, where he had befriended a German woman and posed as a former New York Times reporter.

    After Longo waived extradition, the FBI brought him back to Oregon to stand trial. It took a jury less than a day to find Longo guilty. On April 16, 2003, he was sentenced to death.

    In a strange twist, Michael Finkel, the journalist Longo impersonated in Mexico, became obsessed with Longo's case, attended his trial and conducted numerous interviews with him, leading to a book called "True Story."

    The book melded Longo's sensational murder case with the author's personal story of disgrace — Finkel was fired by the New York Times in 2002 because he concocted a character for a feature story.

    In a new development, Finkel has written a story about Longo's life on death row, as well as his quest to become an organ donor.

    According to Finkel's account, published in the latest edition of Esquire, Longo became depressed after five years on death row and was ready to abandon his appeals, thus setting the stage for his execution by lethal injection.

    However, Longo reportedly had a change of heart after Finkel wrote to him and suggested that he look into becoming an organ donor.

    "Longo was astounded," Finkel writes in the magazine story. "When he read my letter, he told me, something inside of him clicked. A switch was thrown. He felt an enthusiasm he hadn't experienced in years. He felt inspired."

    Longo subsequently came up with a name for his project: GAVE, short for Gifts of Anatomical Value from Everyone.

    According to Finkel's article, Longo received help from his brother to set up a Web site, GaveLife.org.

    In an 18-page memo Longo wrote about organ donation, he describes the nationwide shortage of donors and delves into the tangled legal and medical hurdles that stand in the way of prison inmates becoming donors.

    "Anatomical gifts can be made at two stages: a living donation and a donation at death," he wrote. "Both types of donations are vital to provide for survival where there are no other options for those in need of an organ due to the unfortunate shortage in the United States. I believe that it's a realistic goal to be able to give at both stages as a willing inmate on death row and for altruistic inmates in general."

    Longo apparently has plenty of time to work on his project. He won't be executed soon — possibly not for many years — unless he opts to waive his appeals.

    Harry Latto, a Portland attorney representing Longo in his pending post-conviction relief case, said Tuesday that his client is "not very far along" in a drawn-out appeals process that exists for condemned killers.

    Meanwhile, Latto said, Longo "likes the idea of getting some publicity for his project."

    Tom Bostwick, a Salem attorney also representing Longo in the post-conviction case, described Longo's death-row organ-donation activism this way: "He's pretty invested in this. He's trying to see what other states are doing and have done. He's reasonably intelligent, compared to some of them. It gives him something to do."

    http://www.statesmanjournal.com/arti...912160396/1001

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    Family killer Longo wants quick death to donate organs

    One of Oregon's most notorious killers wants to end appeals to his death sentence in order to donate his organs.

    Christian Longo also wants the state to alter its lethal injection protocol to fulfill his wish.

    Longo was convicted in 2003 of killing his wife and three children. Their bodies were found in 2001, left in Oregon coastal waterways.

    Prosecutors at the time said Longo killed his family in order to live an uninhibited lifestyle. After the murders, he ran to the Mexican resort town of Tulum, where he enjoyed beach life, even wooing a German tourist.

    Longo first brought up the subject of organ donation in December of 2009 and a recent essay in the New York Times has again raised the issue.

    In addition of admitting his guilt, he describes himself as the founder of a group called Gifts of Anatomical Value From Everyone, or G.A.V.E. The group is also on Facebook.

    "I spend 22 hours a day locked in a 6 foot by 8 foot box on Oregons death row," he wrote. "There is no way to atone for my crimes, but I believe that a profound benefit to society can come from my circumstances."

    He argues that there are 3,000 prisoners on death row in the United States. Through donation, Longo said each can save up to eight lives.

    The current procedure used by Oregon and many other states requires three types of drugs for death by lethal injection. Those drugs make the organs unfit for transplants.

    Longo says a switch to one lethal drug would kill him, but would not taint his system, and still allow donations.

    The state has denied Longo's request.

    In a letter from last October, the state told Longo the request to drop his death sentence appeals, and changing the lethal injection protocol in order to donate organs, are mutually exclusive.

    The letter said the state has no intention of pursuing the request to change lethal injection protocols.

    "The Department has rejected your proposals regarding these issues and considers the matter closed," wrote Michael F. Gower, an assistant director in the Department of Corrections.

    http://www.kgw.com/video/featured-vi...117737279.html

    Good for the department of corrections!

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    Exclusive Interview: Killer explains his desire to donate organs

    In an exclusive interview by KATU News reporter Anna Canzano, death row inmate Christian Longo speaks about his desire to donate his organs after hes executed.

    He also talks about why he killed his wife and kids in 2001 and says he tried to commit suicide about a year ago. He hoped his unplanned death would force his organ donation plans, but he ended up in a coma for about four days.

    He claims it isnt about redemption. He says he just wants to help people who desperately need organs. He says, like many Americans, he was already signed up on his drivers license to donate his organs but just never got the chance.

    He has proposed to officials from the Department of Corrections he would end his legal challenges to his sentence if Department officials would allow him to donate his organs upon his execution. Department officials rejected that proposal.

    He says his inspiration to take up this cause was a woman he developed a relationship with from prison. At one point it looked like she was going to need a transplant of some kind.

    Longo strangled his wife and baby in a Newport hotel, stuffed them into suitcases and sank them. They were later retrieved from Yaquina Bay. He also drowned his two other children, three and four years old, in Alsea Bay by tying pillowcases filled with rocks to their ankles and throwing them into the water.

    The interview had to be conducted by phone and recorded because prison officials wouldnt allow an in-person interview. The three-part interview is posted below.




    http://www.katu.com/news/local/118218959.html

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    His victim's sister calls Christian Longo a 'monster' who won't let the family heal

    She was driving in her car last Friday, Penny Dupuie said, "crying in a way I haven't cried in a long time." Her sister, MaryJane, and the three children are still gone, but their murderer, Christian Longo, is forever dropping by, posing in a magazine, preening on the nightly news, getting in her Facebook.

    "We're not allowed to heal. It's over and over and over," Dupuie said. "And it's been almost 10 years. It feels as fresh as when it happened.

    "I've never had an opinion about the death penalty. I have an opinion now. We will never rest until Chris is gone. We're not allowed to."

    For a guy on Oregon's Death Row, Christian Longo is living the life. Sixteen months after a lengthy piece in Esquire described a daily prison routine spiked with porn, R-rated movies and the Wall Street Journal, Longo is back on stage with his sustained campaign to "donate his organs to people in need."

    That campaign has garnered Longo -- sentenced to death in 2003 for the murders of his wife, MaryJane, and their three small children, Zachery, Sadie and Madison -- face time in The New York Times, MSNBC and this column. ABC, I'm told, will join the media parade next week.

    "It's disgusting. That's the best word for it," Dupuie, one of MaryJane's five siblings, said Tuesday from her Michigan home. "People are feeding a monster."

    Longo's quest to end his legal appeals and donate his organs -- "a profound benefit to society," he told the Times -- has been largely embraced by the media, even as it was rejected by Oregon state prison officials.

    "I have nothing for or against organ donation," Dupuie said. "But if this was truly important, there's a way to do it without going public on Facebook pages. If he wants to do something, do it quietly. He killed his own family ... and he's talking about saving lives? I can't be the only person who sees this.

    "We're a very private family, and we're as raw as we were when this first happened. He can tell the world everything, and we don't even have a date of death on my sister's headstone."

    Back in the late summer of 2001, Dupuie and her siblings didn't know Longo had spirited MaryJane and the children out of Ohio until three weeks after they headed west in a U-Haul truck and a stolen mini-van.

    Looking for MaryJane over the next several months, Dupuie said, was unbelievably painful. Like Lincoln County Detective Trish Miller, Dupuie believes Longo was planning the murders of his family long before he reached the Lint Slough Bridge in Waldport in December.

    He took pains to leave no evidence of their whereabouts. Six weeks before he killed his wife and children, Miller said, Longo used the last of his frequent-flier miles to fly from Portland to South Dakota so he could stamp postcards from MaryJane to her family with a Sioux Falls postmark.

    Longo had tired of his wife and the family way. He wanted to move on.

    "He thought he could get away with murder," Dupuie said. "He didn't think anyone would notice. He actually said that on the (witness) stand."

    Dupuie spent so much time in Oregon after the murders that she eventually lost her Michigan job. In 2008, she discovered that a volunteer with the Lincoln County district attorney's victim advocate program had stolen her identity information to open three cell phones and a satellite TV service account.

    "This poor family," Miller said. "She (Dupuie) has been victimized through all of this."

    And the emotional beating continues each time Longo hosts another press seance about his "wish to make amends."

    "Every time the family is healing, he draws attention to this case again," Miller said. "Until he's no longer here, to draw attention to himself, until he passes away, we're going to be on this roller coaster."

    But everyone knows Longo isn't going to pass away, at least not by lethal injection. This state hasn't sustained a death penalty in 14 years. There are no dead men walking in Oregon, just condemned men (and women) lounging with their memories on Death Row and mocking their victims'.

    "You have pictures, and that's all you have," Dupuie said. "To this day, if I find a piece of paper my sister had written on, do you know how much I cherish that?

    "There is not a day that goes by that my family does not grieve for my sister and for Zachery and Sadie and Madison. I hope and pray someday, someday, there will be some sort of peace.

    "Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of control over that."

    http://www.oregonlive.com/news/orego...lls_chris.html

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    The crusade of Christian Longo

    SALEM — Christian Longo joined Oregon’s Death Row without remorse.

    Even with his sentence passed down in April 2003, the convicted killer still was clinging to the web of lies he’d cooked up to explain the deaths of his wife and three young children. Longo still insisted to his own family and friends that he strangled his wife, MaryJane, in a fit of rage, after discovering that she had killed two of the couple’s children, not long after the family moved to the Oregon Coast from Michigan in 2001. Then, he maintained, he put the last child breathing, 2-year-old Madison, out of her misery.

    The fabrication enraged the family of his victims. Not only was Longo still denying his horrific crimes, he was blaming them on his murdered wife.

    Now, from the white walls of a 6-foot-by-8-foot cell at the Oregon State Penitentiary, Longo wants the world to believe he has changed. That he’s come to grips with the “monster” that he is. That he accepts full responsibility for strangling his wife and youngest daughter, Madison, and dumping his two other children, 4-year-old Zachery and 3-year-old Sadie, off a bridge and into a frigid bay along the Oregon Coast while they were still alive, rock-filled pillowcases tied to their legs to ensure they sank to the bottom and drowned.

    Now, he says, he wants to make amends.

    Longo said he wants his organs donated once he’s executed, and he’s created a Facebook page, a nonprofit organization — and a headache for prison officials who said they have no interest in negotiating with inmates who want to change the rules or the drugs used to put inmates to death. (The current cocktail of drugs makes it impossible to preserve organs.)

    Longo claims he’s willing to waive his appeals if the state will grant what would ultimately be his last wish, potentially shortening the time before his execution.

    Family members of Longo’s victims said what the narcissistic killer really wants is attention.

    In April, editors at the New York Times gave Longo a virtual megaphone, publishing an opinion piece by the inmate, allowing him to launch a nationwide campaign to convince not just Oregon but all states to change the rules for capital inmates, to let them donate their organs after they’re executed.

    “I look at the death penalty as a lemon of an automobile,” Longo wrote in a 65-page letter to the Department of Corrections on June 4, 2010. “No matter what is done in an attempt to fix it, it will always be broken.

    “But as long as we are stuck with it, we might as well deliver meals-on-wheels.”

    Longo’s proposal comes with a host of practical and ethical complications that leave the organ donation community and prison officials in steadfast opposition to the idea.

    It’s also a painful reminder to the victims’ families that Longo is still alive. That he writes letters, has a Facebook page, spends 90 minutes a day working out, eats cinnamon rolls, watches movies and develops relationships with people on the outside. That he gets to have a cause, a purpose, while their loved ones do not. Christian Longo may have changed, they said, but he never really can make amends for what he did.

    “If he was truly sorry for what he has done, he would shut up and accept his punishment,” said Penny Baker-Dupuie, MaryJane Longo’s sister. “If it was truly important to him, he would fight for the cause privately.”

    Added Cathy Shukait, a close friend of Jennifer Kegley, another of MaryJane Longo’s sisters: “He wants to give up his organs? Take them out without anesthetic.

    “That’s how I feel.”

    The boy who cried wolf


    Longo said he knows this quest is offensive to many people on many levels. Nonetheless, he’s committed to seeing it through, he said. And he insists it’s not an attempt to soften his image, to blunt the impact of what he’s done, to alter his legacy as a killer.

    But the problem with Christian Longo is that he’s told so many lies to so many people, the same stack of mistruths and kited checks and identity theft that got him “disfellowshipped” from the Jehovah’s Witness church in Michigan. The same lies that finally collapsed on him in 2001, after he murdered his family and disappeared to Mexico, posing as a disgraced former New York Times reporter.

    Psychologists have labeled him a borderline psychopath, a narcissist. His IQ is in the 98th percentile, according to experts who testified at his trial. Longo is smart, guileful and charming enough to convince just about anyone of anything. Knowing his true motives, what really makes him tick, is nearly impossible, Baker-Dupuie said. And that includes the story of how he came up with the organ donation idea in the first place.

    Longo tells it this way: When he first got to Death Row, people who’d been following the case started writing him letters, which he learned is commonplace. He sorted through the mail and decided whose letters he’d respond to.

    One correspondent was a young woman from Salem named Shawna Wilson, who had grown up in Springfield and followed the Longo case. She wrote to Longo because she was curious, she said. She wanted to know how a man could kill his own wife and children.

    “I just thought, ‘What is this man thinking? Do you remember what color clothes (your children) were wearing?’ ” said Wilson, 36, now a student at Chemeketa Community College, in a recent interview.

    Her first letter was generic, Wilson said, feigning empathy, even. She told Longo she knew he didn’t have family in Oregon and that he could write to her if he wanted to.

    “In a situation like this,” Longo said in a recent interview with The Register-Guard in the prison’s visiting area, with a wave at his surroundings, “a pen pal is a great thing to have.”

    The correspondents

    Over the next several years, the two developed an odd friendship, with romantic undertones, at least for the death row inmate *— although not one he could ever hope to consummate. Their attachment became an emotional one, both said.

    And for the first several years, it was a correspondence based on a series of Longo’s lies.

    The killer insisted, as he had with everyone else who remained in contact with him, that the story he told in court was true, that he murdered two of his family members and not four. That MaryJane was a bad mother, to boot.

    Wilson knew to whom she was writing, his documented history of manipulation and deceit. Ultimately, she came to believe that maybe Christian Longo would be straight with her, she said, if she gave him a clean slate. To this day, Wilson has no idea what in the letters was truth and what was fiction. But she was completely sucked in, if for no other reason than to find out what he’d say next.

    “If I gave him a little bit about me, he would write back a little bit about his life,” she said. “It was fascinating.”

    After some time, Wilson revealed to Longo that she has a condition known as systemic scleroderma, an auto*immune disease that ultimately can cause the kidney and other organs to fail. Longo, who said he signed up to be an organ donor when he first got his driver’s license, said he wanted to help her, and he began to lobby the prison to allow him to donate a kidney to his pen pal.

    But the state only allows living organ donations to relatives, Jeanine Hohn, a Department of Corrections spokeswoman, told The Register-*Guard. A new kidney wouldn’t do Wilson any good anyway, because her condition would cause her body to reject it and make the surgery itself a life-threatening one.

    The final deal-breaker: Longo and Wilson are not of the same blood type.

    The deadbeat’s dilemma

    But this small quest had unlocked something inside of Longo, he said.

    Years after brutally killing his family, Christian Longo said he was developing a kind of conscience — a notion at which his victims’ families scoff. He said he has had eight years on Death Row to think about why he killed his family.

    There’s a “flaw” in him, and he’s not sure labels like “psychopath” or “narcissist” accurately describe it.

    “It’s a point of selfishness,” Longo said. “It allows you to do anything to maintain the image you want to project.”

    Christian Longo finally realized it was time to come clean about what he had done, he said. He said he started with Wilson, in a 50-page letter, the all-caps handwriting so precise it looks almost computer generated.

    Longo spilled his life story onto those pages, spending most of his time on the two years before the murders, when he slid deeper and deeper into debt and was facing criminal charges for theft.

    Longo decided he wanted out, he said. If he took the path most deadbeat dads choose, everyone would know what he’d done, that he’d abandoned his family, he said. So he decided that he would make them vanish, himself included.

    “It was a pride issue. Leaving would represent to everybody that I had failed,” Longo said. “If they disappear, if I disappear, no one knows for sure. It’s a mystery.”

    He finally told the woman he now describes as his best friend: He was guilty of the murders.

    For several months, Wilson did not respond to the opus. When she did write back, she said she knew all along that Longo was truly guilty, but that she was still furious that he’d lied to her — and not just about the murders. He had been lying the whole time, in letter after letter, about detail after detail.

    The relationship had to end, she said, which left Longo without an outlet for his newfound altruism. He decided to shift his focus to a broader cause, convincing prison officials to change the rules not just for him but systemwide, allowing inmates to donate their organs after being executed, he said.

    Meeting the imposter

    But this part of the story is muddied as well by another relationship Longo developed in prison, with the man whose identity he stole in order to pass himself off as a globe-trotting journalist when he fled to Mexico after killing his family.

    The writer’s name was Michael Finkel, who was fired from The New York Times for fabricating a character in a story.

    Finkel, like Wilson, also found himself fascinated with Longo, and over the next several years the two exchanged a thousand pages of letters. Finkel visited Longo 10 times.

    In a 2009 article about Longo in Esquire magazine, Finkel wrote that it wasn’t a dying woman who inspired Longo’s quest but a Will Smith film, “Seven Pounds,” about a man who kills his fiance and six others in a car accident and then kills himself so he can donate his organs to people in need.

    “The movie, Longo said, felt like a punch in the gut,” Finkel wrote. “It made him weep. For years, he said, he’d sat in jail wondering how he could do anything worthwhile, anything at all to help even one person, rather than just rot away on Death Row.

    “The movie gave him an answer. He would carve himself up.”

    There was no mention of Shawna Wilson. It was the movie that made Longo rethink everything, Finkel wrote.

    Finkel didn’t return phone calls from The Register-Guard.

    Another failure


    Prison officials flatly refused to consider Longo’s request to change the rules and let him donate his organs after the execution. So Longo concocted a new plan: He’d find a way to kill himself, quietly stockpiling enough of just the right drugs to induce a coma from which he’d never awake but which would not ruin his organs for transplant.

    Last January, Longo did try to kill himself with his stockpiled drugs. He also tried to make it clear to the prison through advanced directives delivered both by his attorneys and by Wilson that he did not want to be resuscitated.

    But prison officials ignored the inmate’s wishes and saved his life.

    “I woke up to a Department of Corrections officer over my head, saying ‘You failed.’ ” Longo said.

    That left him with no choice, he said, but to pursue broader, institution-wide change.

    “Organ donation just makes sense,” he said. “It doesn’t have anything to do with me redeeming myself.”

    He began by trying to change the system from within, writing letters to prison officials, he said, but quickly decided it would take a more public campaign to get the rules changed. He was surprised The New York Times ran his essay, he said, but has since been bathing in publicity, from Oregon television stations to MSNBC to inquiries from documentary film producers in the United States and abroad.

    Longo’s message in these interviews has been that there are nearly 112,000 people in the United States on waiting lists for organ transplants. There are nearly 2 million prisoners incarcerated throughout the country. If 1 percent of them became living donors, that would double the number of organ donations in the United States, Longo wrote in The New York Times.

    “If I donated all of my organs today, I could clear nearly 1 percent of my state’s organ waiting list,” Longo wrote. “I am 37 years old and healthy; throwing my organs away after I am executed is nothing but a waste.”

    Longo has found an unlikely supporter — Shawna Wilson.

    When Christian Longo tried to take his own life, in a way that would leave his organs fit for transplant, it was the one authentic, irrefutable thing he had ever tried to do, she said.

    “That was the light switch for me,” she said.

    She’s now considering becoming the spokeswoman for Longo’s organization, GAVE, which stands for Gifts of Anatomical Value for Everyone. She is the one who posts messages on behalf of Longo and the organization, on both the killer’s personal Facebook page and GAVE’s, after he calls or writes her a letter and tells her what to say.

    “My fiance’s niece just died; she needed a double lung transplant,” Wilson said. “(My fiance) said ‘I don’t care who, if it was Hitler’s lungs, I would have taken them.’ ”

    Plan has its supporters

    Wilson calls Longo’s efforts his “hobby,” something to occupy all that time alone in cell No. 313. To her, it’s perfectly plausible that this effort is sincere, despite all the other lies Longo has told. And she’s not the only one who believes Longo’s idea is a good one. GAVE’s Facebook page has 857 fans, and many of them are rooting for Longo’s plan.

    “To condemn this man’s desire to give the gift of life to others, whether his intentions are truly noble or not, is despicable,” Brennan Kaye wrote in a recent post. “He, just as well as everyone else, knows that this will not right his wrongs. It will not bring back his family, it will not make him any less selfish or any more forgiven. ... These units of flesh are universal; they are what enable us to be who we are, and not everyone is blessed with working units.

    “To condemn the donation of perfectly good organs from another because of who they came from is essentially you agreeing that the people on donor waiting lists do not deserve a chance at life because of one man’s choices.”

    But while Wilson may be converted, the friends and family of Longo’s victims are not.

    “I think he just craves the attention, and if he isn’t in the media for a long period of time he wants to make sure he’s in the media again,” said Lincoln County Detective Trish Miller, who investigated the Longo murders. “I don’t think he’s going to change the system, but he’s done a good job at damaging that family. What this does is every time they think they can let it go and maybe start to heal, he rips the Band-Aid off the wound again. I just find that unforgivable.”

    Added Baker-Dupuie:

    “Chris is not a hero; he is a murderer of his family. As a family, we have never had the chance to completely heal because we are constantly dealing (with) and battling a man who shouldn’t even be living on this earth any longer. He has taken a group of people that are so desperate to save the lives of themselves or their loved ones that they will praise and support a convicted murderer.”

    Longo remains undaunted, however.

    “I’m going to keep trying,” he said, “until I’m blue in the face.”

    “He wants to give up his organs? Take them outwithout anesthetic. That’s how I feel.”

    — Cathy Shukait, A friend of one of the murder victims’ sisters

    http://www.registerguard.com/web/new...death.html.csp

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    AUDIO: Woman explains why she wants to wed killer on death row


    A Portland-area woman, Keli Cannon, told KOIN Local 6 Aug. 11, 2011, she wanted to marry convicted killer, Christian Longo, who is currently on Oregon's death row.


    A Portland-area woman told KOIN Local 6 Thursday night she wanted to marry convicted killer, Christian Longo.

    Longo is currently on Oregon's death row, convicted in 2003 of killing his wife and three children. Detectives found their bodies around Christmas Day 2001. They had been stuffed in suit cases and a sleeping bag.

    In a phone interview with KOIN Local 6, Keli Cannon said she had never met Longo, but started a pen-pal type relationship with him several years ago.

    KOIN Local 6 obtained Longo's marriage request filed with the Oregon Department of Justice, dated June 10, 2011. The request was denied because Cannon is a convicted felon.

    Cannon formerly worked for KOIN TV.

    http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local...oaDS0mIJg.cspx

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    Portland woman now says she never intended to wed Christian Longo

    PORTLAND, OR - A Portland area woman told KOIN Local 6 Thursday night she wanted to marry convicted killer, Christian Longo. Now in a statement given to KOIN Local 6 Saturday night, Keli Cannon says that the couple never intended to wed.

    Cannon says in the statement There has been a lot of confusion regarding the relationship between Christian Longo and myself, Keli Cannon. Speaking for Christian Longo, Cannon goes on to say, There was never an intent to marry, only an intent to prove a point and we succeeded.

    Longo is currently on Oregon's death row, convicted in 2003 of killing his wife and three children. Detectives found their bodies around Christmas Day 2001. They had been stuffed in suit cases and a sleeping bag.

    In a phone interview with KOIN Local 6, Keli Cannon said she had never met Longo, but started a pen-pal type relationship with him several years ago.

    KOIN Local 6 obtained Longo's marriage request filed with the Oregon Department of Justice, dated June 10, 2011. The request was denied because Cannon is a convicted felon.

    Cannon formerly worked for KOIN TV.

    http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local...gB7VZ0bgQ.cspx

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    Longo is the subject of ABC's new series Final Witness airing now.
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    WOW! I saw that and I also saw him profiled on some other show a few months ago! The dude is COLLLLLLLLLD hearted and no doubt he should fry BUT let him donate his organs!

    Around 12 lives can be saved if donates his organ and tissues! Over 100,000 people are waiting for organs nationwide and I have a relative who needs a kidney!

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