A 55-year-old inmate who was on death row at San Quentin State Prison for the kidnapping and killing two Southern California girls died of natural causes early Friday morning.
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Mattison was sentenced to death in 1980 for the murder of a 9-year-old girl he kidnapped near a community swimming pool in Sante Fe Springs in 1978, and the kidnapping and murder of a 16-year-old girl in Laguna Beach two months later.
This story claims that Mattison was “on death row at San Quentin State Prison for more than 19 years.” Yes, it’s technically true, but I’m still activating the buzzer. Bzzzzzzt!! Back to the remedial math class with you! (Here at Patterico, we know how to subtract 1980 from 2009 — no applause necessary.)
This guy was on Death Row for 29 years.
P.S. You will find people arguing that we should abolish the death penalty because people spend so long on Death Row. These people probably clean their own kids’ rooms, because when they tell their kids to clean their own rooms, the kids whine and take forever to do it.