Texas Woman Executed After Luring and Murdering Mentally Impaired Man

Allegedly lured disabled man to Texas to marry her, then murdered him to get his insurance benefits

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Update, 7:40 p.m. ET: Basso was executed Wednesday evening; she was pronounced dead at 6:26 p.m. CST.

A Texas woman convicted of murdering a mentally impaired man after promising to marry him and taking over his Social Security benefits is set to be executed on Wednesday, which would make her the 14th woman executed since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Suzanne Basso, 59, was sentenced to death for torturing and killing Louis “Buddy” Musso, a mentally disabled man whose body was found lacerated, beaten, and doused with bleach in a ditch near Houston, the Associated Press reports. According to prosecutors, Basso murdered Musso after luring him to Texas with the promise of marriage, then making herself the beneficiary of his benefits. Unless the Supreme Court steps in, she will be executed by lethal injection Wednesday after a federal appeals court refused to stay the execution on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Basso had a habit of making up stories about herself. She admitted that she lied about being a triplet, working for the Governor of New York, and having a relationship with Nelson Rockefeller. She also spoke like a little girl in court, claimed she was blind, and said she was paralyzed from a jail beating.

[AP]

18 comments
GeorgeBarwood
GeorgeBarwood

This woman was probably mentally ill at the time she committed the crime.

In a civilised country she would have been given psychiatric care for as long as needed.


messibara
messibara

good because whats he did was horrible

Hope Ahrens testified that on Friday, 21 August 1998, Basso and O'Malley brought Musso to the Ahrens' and Singleton's apartment. When they arrived, Musso had two black eyes, which he claimed he got when some Mexicans beat him up as he went for a walk. After arriving at the apartment, Basso ordered Musso to stay on a red and blue mat in the hallway. Sometimes she had him on his hands and knees, and sometimes just on his knees. At some point during the weekend, Basso began slapping Musso, and O'Malley began kicking him with his steel-toed combat boots. Musso asked O'Malley to stop kicking him. When he did stop, Basso asked him why he stopped. Ahrens also testified that Basso hit Musso on the back with a baseball bat, a belt, and a vacuum cleaner, and that the 300-pound woman also jumped on him.

When Basso left for work, she instructed O'Malley to watch the others and make sure they did not leave the apartment or use the phone. O'Malley refused Musso's requests to leave the mat, and hit him when he tried to get off of it. Ahrens testified that Musso was moving very slowly and was clearly in pain from the beatings. His request for someone to call an ambulance was not heeded. O'Malley subsequently took the victim into the bathroom and bathed him with bleach, Comet, and Pine Sol and scrubbed his skin with a wire brush. It is unclear from court records and other reports whether Musso died before, during, or after the chemical bath. Reports are also unclear about at what point Basso returned home from work.

ladybug.95
ladybug.95

Good. She was competent enough to torture, not just kill, but torture this mentally ill man. She was competent enough to pull off this insurance scam on him. She was competent enough to know better. My father owns a business that finds jobs for mentally handicapped people. I find people like her absolutely atrocious and of the lowest form of human life. She got what she had coming. Will not be mourned will not be missed. 

jc3494
jc3494

Why does the article state "alleged"?  Once found guilty she is no longer an "alleged" killer.  She is simply a killer.


Probable written by a bleeding heart liberal!

Beachguy53
Beachguy53

Another down, but so many to go. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

Women killers, just has bad as men sometimes worse. The bitch should have been executed a long time ago.

fafoxy11772
fafoxy11772

EVIL exists.  I don't know why so many people deny this obvious truth, when it is staring them in the face.

KJackson
KJackson

Any death of human life is a tragedy. Everyone that is involved in the Lethal Injection is also a murderer. It's like responding to a murder with another murder. She's obviously not right in the head so put her in jail for 5 consecutive life sentences so that she doesn't ever get to see the beautiful outside world. 

fafoxy11772
fafoxy11772

@KJackson  People like you are part of the problem.  The death penalty is moral and is justice.  The trouble is that we don'e have anywhere near enough executions, and the executions we do have have far to long a delay between conviction and execution. What the U.S. SHOULD HAVE is special courts and appeals courts in each state, and the federal government, that hear only capital cases.  That should greatly speed up the pace of executions in the U.S.

kubajean
kubajean

@Openminded1 @KJackson  and you also know of course that death penalty cases are much more expensive than life in prison without parole...

kubajean
kubajean

@Openminded1 @KJackson  You do realize of course that death penalty cases cost the government much much more than life in prison. And do you think this person really sounds 'sane'? 

kubajean
kubajean

@fafoxy11772 @KJackson  Putting you in the league with these mainly not so democratic countries 

  • Afghanistan
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Chad
  • China (People's Republic)
  • Comoros
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Libya
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Qatar
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe


Read more: The Death Penalty Worldwide | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html#ixzz2sUsGYYNX

kubajean
kubajean

@fafoxy11772 @KJackson  Putting you in the same class as these oh-so democratic countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Chad
  • China (People's Republic)
  • Comoros
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Libya
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Qatar
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe



Read more: The Death Penalty Worldwide | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html#ixzz2sUsGYYNX

Openminded1
Openminded1

@kubajean @Openminded1 @KJackson  sane or insane, she would not have gotten better in a mental hospital. all they do is push meds down their throats and turn them into zombies that will never be released anyway.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@kubajean @Openminded1 @KJackson  The only cost added is the appeals process which is far to long . Give them 5 years for the process and if not successful the die period. Less time in prison and on death row. saves money.

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