‘Bedroom Basher’ May Get Death
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ A jury on Thursday recommended death for convicted ``Bedroom Basher″ Gerald Parker, whose rape and murder spree sent an innocent man to prison for 16 years.
The same jury last month convicted Parker, 43, of the sex killings of five women ages 17 to 31 and the murder of a full-term fetus by raping the former Dianne Green. The killings took place in 1978 and 1979.
``I think remorse came a little too late,″ juror Nan Smith said after the death penalty recommendation. A judge still must sentence Parker.
``We’ve been waiting a long time for this day,″ said Jackie Bessonnette, 40, whose sister, Debra Lynn Senior, was 17 when she was killed. ``The best day will be a few years down the line when we’re watching him die.″
Kevin Green, now Dianne’s ex-husband, was convicted of the baby’s murder. Green was exonerated and released in 1996 after DNA tests linked Parker, a previously convicted rapist, to that attack and several others. The attack on Green’s ex-wife caused her to lose her memory.
Defense attorney David Zimmerman said Parker had a history of mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, but has responded to medical treatment for psychosis in prison.
``This man is not the same man he was 20 years ago. You would not be killing the same man,″ Zimmerman said.
But prosecutor Michael Jacobs said Parker is unchanged from the man who killed willfully and kept doing it.
``The only explanation is that he enjoyed it,″ Jacobs said.