The Corps Of The Problem

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm
By: Doug Lund
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Playing golf on Tuesday was like spending four hours strapped to the hood of a semi heading west on I-90 at 75 miles an hour.  The mighty wind made for horrific playing conditions in which shots lucky enough to find the greens had to be marked quickly before they blew OFF the greens. But, that’s just par for the course in South Dakota again this spring which has  been mostly rainy, windy or cold or a combination of  all three. But, as one of my fellow duffers said, “Any day on the golf course is still better than a day at work.”

moeller floodingI’m not complaining, though, especially after watching reports out of the Pierre and Dakota Dunes areas where volunteers from all over the Midwest are scrambling to build levees high enough to hold back the ever rising waters of the Missouri River.  Home and property owners are bearing the brunt of the Corps of Engineers’ decision to release huge torrents of water backed up behind Oahe Dam from mega rains and a big snow melt in the mountains. I don’t pretend to understand all the details but isn’t it ironic that dams built in part to CONTROL floods are now causing them. South Dakota has a long running feud with the Corps over water releases from Oahe and other main stem dams and usually gets the short end of the stick. When, during the drought years, downstream states complained they needed more water to float the few barges still operating on the river, South Dakota had to bite the bullet and watch as reservoirs were drained down low putting the kibosh on economically important river recreation industries like boating, camping and fishing. As I say, I don’t know all the details but it sure seems like we’re getting snookered by the Corps once again.

On another matter, there’s this disgusting low life who keeps finding his way into the headlines making a mockery of the U.S. Justice system. Observe the many faces of a cold blooded killer, Donald Eugene Moeller, who has played more courts in the last 20 years than Billie Jean King.

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moeller beardmoeller tie On June 16th, a federal appeals court will hear arguments that Donald Moeller’s constitutional rights were violated at his 1997 trial where he was convicted for a second time in the brutal 1990 rape and murder of a 9 year old Sioux Falls girl, Becky O’Connell, and sentenced to death. He’s been the poster boy for frivolous appeals ever since.  Now, the 58 year old Moeller has filed yet another; this time questioning the quality of the three drug cocktail to be used in his execution…if he ever IS executed.  It would seem there are lawyers more than willing to represent this creature through countless appeals even though two separate juries found evidence of his guilt, including DNA, to be indisputable. It’s time all appeals were exhausted and Moeller keeps his date with the devil.

Don’t believe in the death penalty? Do you think Moeller has every right to tie up the courts in order to save his hideous hide?  Let’s review, shall we?

Little Becky O’Connell was last seen on the evening of May 8, 1990. She was headed to a nearby convenience store when she was abducted by Moeller at a busy intersection. The next day, two men found her naked body in a wooded area in Lincoln County. An autopsy revealed that she had been vaginally and anally raped, and had sustained knife wounds to her neck, back, shoulder, chest, hip, arms and hands. A pathologist concluded that she died as a result of a cut to her jugular vein. Ken Albers who was the first police officer on the scene said it was terribly vicious and violent.

Donald Moeller, who had a long history of criminal sexual abuse involving the use of a knife against both women and even a 13 year old boy, was arrested a few months later and charged with rape and murder in connection with Becky’s death. He’s been moaning about HIS constitutional rights being violated ever since.

Forgiveness is up to God, of course, but it’s high time this appeal business be brought to a halt and  justice for Moeller finally be carried out.


  1. Gary Poppens says:

    I would like to tell you how I would handle the Moeller case, but this is a family read blog. God will judge and pass judgement.

  2. Jan Woolworth says:

    I totally agree that Forgiveness will come from God……BUT it is way past time for justice to be carried out.And all of these sympathy givers can put their attention towards the victims…who deserve it

  3. Lynn Parker says:

    Why would any attorney represent him now, at this late date? Who pays for it? Is he allowed to appeal everything? Lethal injection is a lot more humane than what Becky got.

  4. L McKinney says:

    I think you should have a limit of 5 years to appeal if that time passes with no one buying your line you are toast and can quit spending the states money. the guy has had over 20 years time to set a date and do it already.

  5. robert green says:

    Forget the lethal injection. We should either electrocute him or use the rope to put him out of our misery.

  6. Brad Nelson says:

    His sentence should immediately be commuted to life in prison, and he should be released to the general population in the prison yard. He could then be judged by a jury of his peers. Bet he would not last another twenty years.

  7. Beth Hughes says:

    If Moeller was an indigent, you and I pay for his appeals with our taxes. Congress and the states have the power to limit appeals but have never exercised that right. Until people stand up and demand it, it won’t happen. People need to speak to their federal and state legislators. For people who are opposed to the death penalty, there is always the option, for e.g., of life in prison with no parole and the right to only one state and one federal appeal.

  8. Michael says:

    That revolting creature is evil personified. I would volunteer to push the button that starts his lethal injection.

  9. Sweeps says:

    A comment on the first subject of the blog: cut the Corps of Engineers some slack, folks! We happen to live in a part of the country with a capricious river that’s fed by storms, snowmelt, and other weather up the line. The dams were not built to stop nature, and there’s nothing we can do right now with Montana’s deluge of rain or snowmelt any more than we can control it here! The Corps of Engineers has been charged with managing it, and while it hasn’t always been pretty for South Dakota, I absolutely shudder to think what would happen if they thumbed their nose at us, as we have done to them!

  10. Sweeps says:

    And by the way, if the levees hadn’t been built in Pierre, my house would be beachfront property!

  11. Dave says:

    I have little sympathy for anyone who builds next to a large river and then complains when it floods their homes, while my insurance premiums increase to help pay for their stupidity. As for Moeller, there should have been some old west justice handed out to him long ago.

  12. Floating says:

    Amen to Sweeps. People tend to need to place blame on someone or something for horrible events. Sometimes things happen that are out of anyone’s control. I pray the people of Pierre/Ft. Pierre and all the other communities along the Missouri who will be affected by the flooding don’t become bitter and full of resentment for the Corps, who are doing their best to manage what Mother Nature gave them. Here’s hoping all the levees work!

  13. dlp says:

    Moellers’ latest appeal could be answered very quickly. Try the drugs on him and if they work then it was indeed a frivolous appeal.

  14. bbwooly says:

    Moeller deserves to be cremated. But he doesn’t deserve to die first. Put him in a box and toast him. Still better than what he did

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