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Is Bobby Wayne Woods too Stupid to be Executed?

December 4, 2009

Murderer Bobby Wayne Woods

It is Thursday, December 03, 2009, and as I write these words, Bobby Wayne Woods is alive. If you are reading this on December 4, 2009 or later, there is a strong likelihood that he will no longer be so, having been executed by the State of Texas for a grisly murder he committed in 1997.

Amy Goodman and her cohorts at Democracy Now!, the voice of American Marxism, don’t think Mr. woods should be executed. Are they convinced of his innocence? Hardly. The evidence against him is irrefutable. The fact is, those who oppose capital punishment generally, and the execution of Woods in particular, have put forth the argument that Woods should be spared because he is “possibly retarded,” and the Supreme Court has forbidden executing mentally retarded prisoners, no matter how heinous the crime.

Here is Goodman on the pending execution:

DEMOCRACY NOW!: Texas Poised to Execute Possibly Retarded Prisoner

And the state of Texas is set to execute a man tonight who may be mentally retarded despite a 2002 Supreme Court ruling that bans the execution of mentally retarded prisoners. Test scores have shown the prisoner, Bobby Woods, has an IQ at or below seventy–– the cutoff point for mental retardation. In a recent interview with journalist Renee Feltz, Woods described how he has difficulty reading words with more than four letters.

Mr. Woods describes his difficulties with the written word:

Bobby Woods: They had these Western books [in the prison library]. A lot of the words ain’t—you know, most of the words ain’t past four. I mean, they got—you know, they have five and six letters, but most of them about four. I can read most of it, but then some I can’t read. I had to read it like maybe two or three times, then I finally understand it.

Before feeling too sorry for Mr. Woods and coming to the conclusion that he is, in fact, “possibly retarded,” and thus ineligible for execution, let’s consider the definition of mental retardation:

A diagnosis of mental retardation requires three conditions to be met:

1)      A sub-70 IQ:

2)      Poor functioning in society; and

3)      Being that way before the age of 18 (as opposed to, e.g., later brain damage due to an accident, etc.).

So, is Mr. Woods retarded?

Let’s have a look at his IQ scores:

a) 1st grade: 78

b) Age 7: 86

c) 4th grade: 80

d) At age 33: 83

e) While on Death Row: 68

Four IQ test scores placed Woods above the seventy-point cutoff, yet Woods’ lowest IQ score was attained when he had an incentive to perform poorly. Did Mr. Woods suddenly get substantially stupider on the latest IQ test, or did he have the most to lose by doing well on that final exam?

The numbers overall seem high enough to refute the retardation claim.

What about the second condition listed above? Could Woods function in society? Well, he did manage to hold down jobs. He had been married. In fact, his former brother-in-law, Duane Palmer, describes him as a “pretty normal guy” who is now trying to play the system to avoid being executed:

He’s just as normal as you and I except he kills children and molests them. He’s grasping at any straw he can get as far as I’m concerned trying to stay alive.

Ah, let’s not neglect to talk about his crime. Without getting too graphic, Woods kidnapped the two children of a former girlfriend, 11-year-old Sarah Patterson, and her brother, 9-year-old Cody. He drove them to a cemetery (he was, apparently, also perfectly capable of operating a motor vehicle) where he severely beat Cody and left him for dead (thankfully, the child survived), and raped and murdered Sarah by cutting her throat so deeply that he severed her larynx, several major arteries and veins, causing her to bleed to death.

Is Democracy Now! correct in asserting that Texas is about to err in executing a severely retarded man? And if so, given the nature of the crime, does it matter?


  1. Justin permalink
    December 4, 2009 3:48 am

    You asked if Bobby Woods is too stupid to be executed. I was raised in Granbury and participated in the search for those two kids. He wasn’t too stupid to elude the police and the searchers for what seemed like an eternity. He wasn’t too stupid to have his attorney move his trial from Granbury to Llano. He wasn’t too stupid to be a line cook at the all night grill. So, no, I don’t think he was too stupid to die. I think he should have been hung for public display at the Hood County Courthouse the day he was caught. He was a sick, twisted, demented monster that should have never been allowed to be near kids. Rest in peace Sarah. The boogeyman is gone.

    • December 4, 2009 5:21 am

      I have a brother whose IQ is 65 and he would never have committed this type of crime. Just because his IQ falls below a certain indicator does not mean he can’t tell right from wrong. I’m sick to death of the “victimization” of the criminal. Sarah and Cody are who we should remember. Those of you who support this scumbag, how about visiting Sarah’s gravesite and remember what is really important – the innocent.

  2. Joseph White permalink
    December 4, 2009 5:04 am

    He’s not too stupid to try to grasp at straws to stay alive. I say let’s hang the scum and let the good lord figure out if he’s retarded or not.

  3. Jonathan permalink
    December 4, 2009 5:09 am

    According to the Texas Dept of Corrections website and, Mr. Woods was executed yesterday. It would be interesting to know what he requested for his last taxpayer funded meal and if he had any last words. Hopefully, it will bring some closure to the mother and the surviving victim. As for Mr. Woods, eternity has only just begun.

    • dangitbawb permalink
      December 4, 2009 7:20 am

      You’re probably not aware of the entire circumstances, but the mother deserves NO closure. She heard her children screaming when this monster was kidnapping them from their home. Shawanna Patterson was afraid of Bobby Woods, and did nothing to stop him. She served 8 years in prison for not protecting her children, I wish they had executed her too! Both are inbred total scum of the earth! Rot IN HELL BOBBY WOODS, say hello to Satan!

      • Jonathan permalink
        December 4, 2009 5:04 pm

        It is a sick world indeed. I cannot imagine a mother that would fail to intervene. Unreal.

        Do you know what happened to the little boy who survived, Cody? I wonder how he is doing now.

      • Marylou permalink
        December 5, 2009 2:31 am

        easy for you to say if you’ve never been terrified and frozen with fear…

        • Jonathan permalink
          December 5, 2009 7:13 am

          Apparently Mr. Woods had been raping her daughter for quite awhile, WHILE they were dating. The girl had a serious STD contracted from the felon when she was about 10 years old.

          The mother must have been frozen for quite awhile. Like all during the time she was dating him. I feel pity for her for having such poor judgement. Her lack of character undoubtedly prevented her from doing something to help her children.

          • veritaspoet permalink
            December 5, 2009 7:26 am

            I know nothing of this case except what I am seeing here. I assumed the mother had dated him in the past and then later he kidnapped the children. I had no idea she knew (or at least must’ve suspected) these things.

            In the article it says she served 8 years. That’s it?!

        • veritaspoet permalink
          December 5, 2009 7:31 am

          Marylou –

          If there’s one thing I cannot abide it’s women who date/marry these men who abuse them or their children.

          Terrified and frozen with fear? And yet she still chose to 1) date this repulsive excuse for a human being in the first place and 2) CONTINUE to do so after she knew what he was? Spare me. Think of how terrified and frozen in fear her kids were. She CHOSE to be with this filthy person. She had choices. They, being children, did not.

          Do not dare to defend this vile monster of a man. And after reading the other information, as far as I’m concerned, the mother is just as bad.

          Strike that. She’s WORSE.

          • Jonathan permalink
            December 5, 2009 9:54 am

            Yes, she got eight years in prison. But, do you think she has yet figured out what went wrong in her life? This woman is the product of a society that is abandoning the idea of personal responsibility and self restraint.

            A few generations ago, this sort of behavior fueled much of the racist and segregationist attitudes of white people in America. But whites didn’t realize that blacks were the FIRST victims of the left as far back as the 1920s, when their families began to be attacked and when they began to be exposed to the cultural Marxist revolution in the inner city ghettos. Drugs only added to the problem.

            Now, I am AMAZED out of my mind at so many racist whites who still live in a bygone era, pointing out the failures of black culture. Yet fail to see that their own ethnicity is now riddled with the same sort of semi-barbaric, third world backwardness in even greater overall numbers. For instance, white teenage girls are the largest overall segment of the out of wedlock births.

            Folks, it’s got nothing to do with race. Given time and enough cultural Marxism you can turn anyone into an animal. But it’s always the poorest segment of society that feels the brunt first. Than the rot works its way up the tree from the roots. In America, blacks and poor whites were the first. Now the best white schools boast in the same practices, even if the dirty secrets are kept under wraps a little tighter.

            This case is a microcosm of leftist ideology in action. Cause the problem. Propose the solution. Get control. The next phase, now that we’ve created the problem, is we clamp down and impose a police state and draconian totalitarian laws to deal with a populace that has succumbed to its basest instincts. Just last night, on television, I saw a government PSA about avoiding promiscuity. Wonderful? No, because its an example of what I’m talking about. Government now telling you NOT TO DO what they encouraged for 50 years. But 10 years ago, leftists fought tooth and nail to keep their fellow citizens from impacting the culture through democratic means. NO NO NO! It’s better if we let the dictators tell us what to do.

          • Marylou permalink
            December 25, 2009 11:48 pm

            I agree her behavior is simply vile, yet people do this stuff. Why? I simply was referring to the terror/fear that freezes people from doing what they know in their hearts they should do. Sad.

            I have trouble with the harsh judgment that must come. Yet, it must.

  4. Jeff permalink
    December 4, 2009 5:26 am

    It’s not about the convicted murderer, whatever his mental ability. It’s about the society and their need to be protected from such people…and that includes paying room and board. It’s also about an example to be set for those, perhaps fully mentally capable, who might contemplate similar crimes. No one will miss Woods, perhaps even himself.

    As for Marxists, any one is for anything which disrupts our society and causes it to fail to work in its own interest or which clouds it’s values and operational precepts. I categorically reject any comment whatsoever on our society by any known Marxist.

    • Jonathan permalink
      December 5, 2009 7:14 am

      Amen Jeff.

  5. Clink permalink
    December 4, 2009 5:40 am

    The only mentally retarded persons in this story are Amy Goodman and the people who read Democracy Now that agree with her.

  6. December 4, 2009 5:50 am

    I’m sorry but as a nurse, I have been around people from all walks of life, all types of diseases, all types of mental illness.

    This guy is a good actor at best. He is a manipulator. His body language, his careful wording, even some intelligent references and choice of wording, betrays his game.

    I don’t know how I feel about the death penalty, however, if the evidence is irrefutable, the judge and jury decided on his punishment.

    I personally think that life in prison would be worse than the death penalty.

    With the direction, under potus et al, this country is heading, “we the people” will be filling those prison cells soon, if the insanity from damage by progressives, isn’t stopped now.

  7. December 4, 2009 6:03 am

    A weird fact is that so many of these serial killers have the middle name of Wayne.

    • December 4, 2009 6:40 am

      Good grief! You have a point there! Glad I didn’t name any of mine Wayne!

  8. benwaitin permalink
    December 4, 2009 6:58 am

    The folks over at Democracy Now! are the ones suffering from mental illness. And I will thank them to get out of Texas’ business. The sooner we run all the lefties out of Texas the better off this place will be.

  9. December 4, 2009 7:42 am

    He was capable of plotting and executing a heinous crime. Gee, seems like that takes some thinking and planning out.

    I will agree with Jeff’s comment above that this is about protecting society and setting an example. Maybe if each person who takes the life of another pays with their own – and in a timely manner, not sitting on Death Row for years – perhaps then others would think twice before doing the same.

    I am so sick and tired of murderers and other criminals being made out to be the victims! What kind of a sick society do we have, where this happens so often? I do not understand these people who go around speaking publicly and defending these monsters. How can they stand in front of others and defend child rapists, murderers, etc? For the life of me, I do not comprehend this mentality.

    This world has truly gone insane.

  10. Harold Driver permalink
    December 4, 2009 7:53 am

    The only stupid thing about this whole thing is: He should have been put to death years ago.

  11. logdon permalink
    December 4, 2009 10:58 am

    If being retarded is defined by illiteracy, that means that something in the order of three out of ten British school leavers are in fact retards.

    Looking at many of them, I’d agree.

    That’s socialism for you, folks. Spend squillions of extra money on education and watch standards decline to the extent outlined above.

    As for this guy? If he could drive. If he could organize the abduction. If he could evade capture and mount defence. Guilty!

    The one thorn in the argument is of a case during the Fifties where a genuinely below mental par man, Timothy Evans, was hanged for the murder of his wife and child.

    It turned out that he was in fact innocent and had fallen into the clutches of his landlord, a serial sex-killer of women, residing at Ten Rillington Place in Notting Hill, London by the name of John Christie.

    Christie was found guilty of multiple murders after bodies were found on the premises. He was, as they say, caught bang to rights. He was hanged.

    The decider is the evidence and if the case against Woods is rock solid, he did it and that’s the obvious difference between the cases.

    • Jonathan permalink
      December 4, 2009 11:32 am

      Logdon says:

      “That’s socialism for you, folks. Spend squillions of extra money on education and watch standards decline to the extent outlined above.”

      I applaud you for being an effective word warrior, Logdon. You took advantage of an issue that is not overtly about socialism and used it to levy a solid and effective attack against socialism. Do it enough, and a constant barrage of truthful vitriol directed against cultural Marxism is created and sustained.

      Sort of the exact opposite of what leftists do all the time, using lies.

      By the way, what does “stupid” have to do with anything? The government’s job is to protect us from evil and bad things. But, that’s socialism for you folks. The government does everything except for the things it ought to be doing.

      • veritaspoet permalink
        December 4, 2009 11:45 am

        Jonathan –

        This is such a good description of the socialist way this country is headed:

        “The government does everything except for the things it ought to be doing.”

        I will have to keep that one in mind!

        • Jonathan permalink
          December 4, 2009 12:42 pm

          Thanks Veritas.

          Lately, as I’ve explored my own internal feelings about what is going on, I wonder how to verbalize the dreadful feeling of, living in a state that goes from promising to give US everything to a state that demands we give THEM everything, down to our very souls. Maybe someone has some suggestions for a proverb. I have this dream where I see a young Barbara Streisand transform into a cackling hag before my very eyes. And she shrieks “We Made a Bargain!”

          • veritaspoet permalink
            December 4, 2009 1:03 pm

            LOL! Now that’s an image I won’t easily forget.

            On a serious note, I share your frustration. I think all we can do is continue to speak out wherever and however we can.

  12. Carterthewriter permalink
    December 4, 2009 12:00 pm

    Everytime these people are finally laid to rest, there is always someone that needs attention and shows pity on them while never once considering bringing them into their own home. If they really want to show compassion, put flowers on the graves of their victims.

  13. jim, permalink
    December 4, 2009 12:43 pm

    while there have been cases were some one who is actuly retarded exacuted its rare and its not hard to intenaly get a low score on iq tests the ecuse that he could not read words with more than 4 letters is just bs there are a ton of peale that are dislexic that have problems with reading and writting and are very intellagent heck im dislex annd i left this unspell checked and not proof read as a example (my iq is well over 160) albert instine was one who thought dog was god (joke) and was considered retatded in school but the truly retarted for the most part are very gentel and would not be in problems with the law but the death peanalty has been showen to have been used in cases were the victem of the exaction was in fact inocent

  14. Edwin S. permalink
    December 4, 2009 2:47 pm

    With his execution things became just fine for Bobby. His punishment ended at that point. The only punishment he suffered was the anticipation of death that he experienced between his capture and his execution. When he died everything went black and that was that. But it wont end for the family of his victims : they will continue to suffer while *his* suffering is over…(O wait…its wrong to make him suffer? Punishment shouldnt hurt?…
    Where did you get that idiotic idea …?)
    Bobby should have lived a long, long life full of pain and distress, perhaps totally isolated in solitary, on meager rations… God would have decided when he should be rescued from his pain – rescued by death…

    • veritaspoet permalink
      December 4, 2009 9:13 pm

      Actually, Edwin, if you believe there’s a God then I hope you believe in heaven and hell.

      This monster is only beginning his suffering.

  15. December 5, 2009 11:14 am

    Define retarded. Define illiterate. However you look at it, it took a calculating mind
    to do what he did. He should be executed. Why should our hard-earned tax dollars
    keep him alive indefinitely?

  16. egelman permalink
    December 6, 2009 2:53 pm

    According to the story he drove – presumably his- car. In order to get a driver’s license he would have had to pass a written exam and read standard signs like “keep right except to pass” and “danger, railroad crossing.” Can’t read over four letters? Hogwash.

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