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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE unmiDGE HERALD Tutsdoy, June 12, 1973 'Let prison officials set parole date' Concluded from Page 4 Previous to 1966, a lifer was eligible for parole after seven years but the eligibility time was increased to 10 years and most lifers spend about 12 years in jail before paroled. "It would be better to get hanged than spend a long time in Rene said. "Jail is not a life for anyone." "Nobody knows when I go he said. "No matter how COLOR PORTABLE "JUNE SPECIAL" 19" Instant On Automatic Fine tuning Automatic Color Tint Dipole Antenna Exclusive RCA 5 year warranty NOW TILL END OF JUNE VAN'S TV SALES SERVICE 1238 3rd AVE S. PHONE 327-5020 hard I work, they got me in jail here." Both men suggested that the prison officials they deal with every day should be able to make the decision regarding their release date. "They (the parole board and cabinet) don't know when I'm ready to come out." Mike Gallagher, the prison psychologist, said during the interview that an arbitrary time limit defeats the whole purpose of the penal system. He said there is one particu- lar point during a sentence when a prisoner can be success- fully released and that this time period is recognizable by staff familiar with the particular in- mate. Mr. Gallagher cited statistics from the national parole ser- vice which indicate that for most lifers, murder is an iso- lated point in their lives. From 3920 to 1967, 119 mur- derers were released on parole and, as of April, 196S, only one committed another murder and he was hanged in 1944, he said. Most lifers released on parole rarely commit another crime and it is even more rare when they commit another murder, he said. Of the 119 lifers, 89 are Still on parole, 19 have either died or left the country, and 11 are back in prison for various reasons. 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The average burn rime is 15 minutes. Allow 5 min- utes cooling time between burn- ings. Distributed by G. H. BAXTER SON (1968) LTD. 327-6543 PHONES 327-6446 528 6th Street South LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA TU 2E2 Tins ESP, you know, wen there could be something to it. I don't like to get into men- tal telepathy and things like tbat. But something happen- ed to me well I want to tell you about it. Like, I mean, I don't be- lieve people can move ob- jects by the power of their minds. This woman over in Rus- sia fools around with this. I mean, she really moves things, using nothing but the force of her personality. I saw her do it on the TV. You probably saw her too. It's kind of weird. And this extra sensory perception is weird too. Have you ever looked up and seen someone looking right at you? I mean, you sensed someone was looking at you. Weird, isn't it? Peepers, the horse with the glass eye like myself, is definitely in this class. He's the only psychic horse I know, Or care to knoWj for that matter. I'm not saying he can open gates with the force of his personality. I'm merely say- ing there's something weird about him, apart from his glass eye, or maybe because of it. That's all I'm saying. Sometimes I think he ac- tually SEES with has artifi- cial eye. And sometimes I think he can SEE RIGHT THROUGH HIS BLINKERS. I don't want to get into the spirit world, not having mas- tered temporal things just yet. Let's leave out the ghost of Midget and saddles you can blow cigarette smoke through. But this one thing that hap- pened well I WAS a skeptic but now I don't know. I don't like funerals. I al- ways feel dumb, dumber than usual, which is pretty dumb. So when we came out the church, I was happy to see blue sky, sunshine hitting tlie flowers, light rays bounc- ing off leaves and while clouds gently getting through their day's work. Then the funeral proces- sion moved off, slowly, like skater bugs floating down the ditch. I flipped the funeral home's pamphlet out of my shirt pocket. I read through the 23rd Psalm. What a beau- tiful collection of phrases! A tremendous wave of sadness swept out of me! I was almost laughing as I checked over the list of cas- ketbearers, the h o n orary pallbearers, the organist's name, and so on. I glanced at the last bit of information. It was more titan that; actually it came in the form of a stern com- mand: PLEASE TURN ON YOUR CAR LIGHTS. We were moving off now, with the rest, to the cem- etery, three miles out of town. It was hard to keep Peep- ers back. Then something electrified me. I shook all over. It was a really weird feel- ing. I looked at him. Peeper's glass eye was shining like a 60 watt bulb. This plug is really plugged in. Peepers, you turn me on! 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