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               MICHAEL ROSS IN THE NEWS

                                            From Culture Front Online
                                  Criminal or Patient?

                            In 1992 a jury in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, concluded
                            that serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer did not have a
                            mental disorder. This despite the fact that Dahmer
                            had cannibalized the body parts of some of his
                            victims and engaged in sexual acts with all of them
                            after their deaths. I testified as an expert psychiatric
                            witness at Dahmer's trial, and the verdict did not
                            come as a complete surprise to me. After all,
                            Dahmer had taken the lives of seventeen young men;
                            there was no death penalty in Wisconsin; there is
                            considerable cynicism concerning mental illness as
                            "an excuse to beat the rap" in criminal cases; and
                            surely somebody needed to be held accountable
                            and punished. Shortly after I returned home from his
                            trial, a good friend, a very competent and respected
                            federal prosecutor, asked me only partly in jest,
                            "How many people need to be eaten in Milwaukee
                            before one can be considered to have a mental
                            disorder?"

                            Like Jeffrey Dahmer, Michael Ross is also a serial
                            killer. He, too, has been diagnosed with a mental
                            disorder. Both Dahmer and Ross have described
                            overpowering sexual preoccupations and urges,
                            which they say drove them to commit their heinous
                            acts. Were they both lying? And if so, why would
                            someone arguably so evil as Ross have waived his
                            constitutional rights while at most only a suspect, and
                            confessed when the police encouraged him to do so
                            for the sake of his victims' families?

                            All of the doctors who examined Ross after his
                            arrest, including those who did so at the request of
                            the local prosecutor, diagnosed him as having Sexual
                            Sadism. According to The Diagnostic and
                            Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, persons
                            afflicted with Sexual Sadism experience recurrent,
                            intense, sexually-arousing fantasies and urges in
                            which the psychological or physical suffering of a
                            victim is sexually exciting. That sounds so simplistic.
                            The suffering, deep grief, and understandable rage of
                            his victims' families endures even now, years after
                            Michael Ross's arrest, as an ongoing testimonial to
                            the hopelessly sad aftermath of his actions. How
                            could Sexual Sadism, if it even exists at all, possibly
                            account for his horrible crimes, the rape and murder
                            of a number of girls and young women?

                            When it comes to the issue of sexual make-up, all
                            persons are not created equal. We differ from one
                            another regarding: 1) the types of partners to whom
                            we are, or are not, sexually attracted; 2) the types of
                            behavior that we do, or do not, crave sexually; and
                            3) the intensity of our sexual desires. Remarkably,
                            some persons, like Dahmer, are sexually attracted to
                            corpses; others are attracted to children. Some men
                            crave cross-dressing, exposing themselves in a
                            public setting, or coercive, as opposed to
                            consensual, sexual acts. The spectrum of human
                            sexual differences, though rarely discussed openly
                            and maturely, is remarkably broad.

                            There is still much to be learned about why we differ
                            from one another in such ways. What is certainly
                            true about our sexual make-up is that we do not, as
                            children, choose how it will develop. No one in their
                            right mind would decide as a child to grow up
                            afflicted with recurrent, intense, sexually-arousing
                            urges and fantasies about torturing and killing young
                            women and girls. People like Michael Ross, who are
                            plagued by these recurrent, abnormal sexual
                            cravings, did not, at some point, simply decide to
                            have them. They did not simply choose to
                            experience an "alternative lifestyle." Instead, they
                            discovered themselves to be afflicted. In my
                            professional and personal opinion, no human being
                            has ever deserved that discovery.

                            Perhaps it is not Ross's fault that he has been
                            plagued. Yet surely it was his responsibility to do
                            something about it. Did he not have free will? Did he
                            not choose to act irresponsibly?

                            I trained for many years to become a physician. In
                            the course of my work with patients, I have come to
                            appreciate the power that biological drives can
                            sometimes exert over human behavior. Right now,
                            hundreds of thousands of Americans are spending
                            millions of dollars trying to diet. I can guarantee each
                            and every one of them absolute success -- if they
                            just eat less. In spite of sincerity and conviction,
                            however, it is the presence of appetite, so invisible
                            and unobservable to others, and even vague to
                            oneself, that can at times defeat resolve. Biological
                            cravings can compromise free will.

                            However, overeating only leads to obesity; it
                            certainly has nothing to do with sadistic sex and
                            murder. Why should we believe Michael Ross, who
                            sought treatment in prison after insisting that he, too,
                            had become weakened in his resolve, after trying to
                            resist the repeated, invisible, incessant cravings of his
                            pathological sexual appetite? In making such a claim,
                            was he just trying to absolve himself of
                            responsibility?

                            God (and/or nature) has instilled within each one of
                            us a number of powerful biological drives. Without
                            eating, a hungry man will die; without sex, the human
                            race will die. It is important to eat, and it is important
                            to have sex. When the sexual drive becomes
                            "aimed" in the wrong direction (as it did, for
                            example, in Ross's case), it still repeatedly craves
                            satiation. Mentally, such cravings are experienced as
                            preoccupying thoughts and recurrent urges.

                            Could Michael Ross not have relieved himself of
                            sexual tension by masturbating instead of acting on
                            his sadistic urges? Although masturbation can often
                            temporarily diminish sexual desire, it can also whet
                            subsequent sexual appetite. If a primary purpose of
                            sex is the survival of the species, then masturbation
                            can hardly be intended by nature to prevent
                            subsequent sexual activity with others. Frequency of
                            masturbation may just serve as a marker for the
                            intensity of the sexual drive. For Michael Ross,
                            going home and masturbating, or even engaging in
                            consensual sex with a woman, would not have
                            amounted to successful self-treatment.

                            Even if we accept the argument that Ross was so
                            driven by his cravings that he could not control
                            himself through willpower alone, surely he still had a
                            moral obligation to seek help. One of Ross's
                            greatest regrets today, as he finally grieves for the
                            souls of his victims and for their families, is that he
                            did not seek help. Instead, while trying to stop, he
                            repeatedly rationalized to himself that he would be
                            able to do so on his own. Today, having finally
                            received treatment in prison, his perceptions are no
                            longer distorted by incessant sadistic cravings; he
                            can no longer rationalize away the enormity of his
                            acts. He now lives on death row with a pervasive
                            sense of guilt and profound remorse. Is Michael
                            Ross lying when he claims to have been
                            overpowered by pathological sexual cravings?
                            Perhaps he is. But suppose, just for the moment,
                            that he is not. Making the moral argument that he
                            should have been able to control himself doesn't
                            prove that he was actually able to do so. The fact
                            that some may be capable of successfully resisting
                            these cravings does not mean that all are.

                            Tragically, at this very moment there are many
                            others in American society afflicted with recurrent,
                            abnormal sexual cravings, or simply so driven
                            sexually that they need help. Some are still
                            adolescents, or even younger. If, in our zeal for
                            moral certainty, we choose to deny the possibility of
                            such mental afflictions --and thus retard additional
                            scientific or medical study -- we will leave a sad and
                            unnecessary legacy for future potential victims.

                            Some people seem driven to repeated sexual
                            offenses as a consequence of their sexual disorders.
                            As a result, some states are now passing laws to
                            prevent these individuals from being released from
                            prison, even if all their time has been served, as long
                            as it can be shown that they still have a disorder
                            which makes them dangerous. The U.S. Supreme
                            Court recently affirmed the constitutionality of this
                            controversial approach. But few states, if any,
                            provide adequate treatment at the beginning of
                            incarceration, or prophylactically to those who may
                            want help but have not committed a crime as yet. If
                            society wants those who have not committed crimes
                            (or have yet to be apprehended for their crimes) to
                            come forward, it will need to assure them that they
                            will be helped rather than injured.

                            As a society we rightly demand moral accountability
                            and responsibility from one another. At the same
                            time, we have to appreciate that, at least in some
                            instances, we are dealing with broken minds in
                            desperate need of repair, not with evils that can be
                            punished away. The minds, as well as the souls, of
                            individuals like Michael Ross can be -- and have
                            been -- disordered and tortured. It is not that he
                            was, somehow, just having a good time. In my
                            judgment, he was not of sound mind.

                            At the time of his sentencing, the laws of
                            Connecticut held that a convict's mental disorder
                            was enough to mitigate against the death penalty. In
                            Ross's case, the jury that sentenced him to death
                            was never informed that the state's own psychiatrists
                            even agreed that a mental disorder was present.
                            That is why his death sentences have been
                            overturned, at least temporarily. Subsequently, as so
                            often happens when the public comes to believe that
                            a punishment has been insufficient, the Connecticut
                            legislature has since eliminated mental disorders as a
                            mandatory mitigation against execution.

                            It is remarkable that, for the most part, our criminal
                            justice system still treats the purse snatcher, the
                            income tax evader, and the sexual sadist as though
                            they were all essentially the same. Punish the
                            offender and teach him and others like him a lesson.
                            But prison alone cannot punish away abnormal
                            sexual cravings, nor can it confer upon the afflicted
                            individual a heightened capacity to resist succumbing
                            to them. On the other hand, medications exist that
                            can act as "sexual appetite suppressants," thereby
                            treating the afflicted individual and enhancing the
                            community's safety. Published recidivism rates for
                            testosterone-lowering therapies that diminish the sex
                            drive have consistently been low. Psychiatric
                            disorders such as Sexual Sadism are every bit as
                            much a public health problem as they are a matter of
                            criminal justice. Even though Michael Ross should
                            remain permanently quarantined from the
                            community, this needs to be understood. In no way
                            does this diminish our compassion or concerns
                            about victims and their families. On the contrary, it
                            reflects our resolve to try to prevent similar
                            afflictions, and similar victimizations, in the future.
 

                            Dr. Fred S. Berlin is an associate professor at the
                            Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the
                            founder of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders
                            Clinic, and director of the National Institute for the
                            Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma.



                  Serial killer Michael Ross receives six death sentences

                  May 12, 2000
                  Web posted at: 2:35 PM EDT (1835 GMT)

                  NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) -- Serial killer
                  Michael Ross received six death sentences today,
                  six years after his original death penalty was
                  overturned by the state Supreme Court.

                  Judge Thomas P. Miano ordered the execution be
                  held Sept. 15, although all death sentences are
                  automatically stayed pending Supreme Court
                  appeals in Connecticut, which hasn't executed an
                  inmate since 1960.

                  Ellen Roode, whose daughter, April Brunais, was one of four teen-age girls Ross
                  was convicted of kidnapping and killing in eastern Connecticut the 1980s, said,
                  "I will have closure when you are gone and you know longer have the breath of
                  life that you took from my daughter."

                  Ross cried as he apologized to his victims' families, saying any apology is
                  inadequate but that "an absence of an apology would be even more
                  unacceptable."

                  The sentence was handed down according to the verdict of a Superior Court
                  jury, which last month found that Ross should not be spared the death penalty.

                  Ross had claimed a disorder called sexual sadism drove him to rape and kill -- a
                  defense the jury last month rejected.

                  The victims were Robin Stavinsky, 19; Wendy Baribeault, 17; and two
                  14-year-old friends, Brunais and Leslie Shelley.

                  Ross, 40, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1987. The state Supreme
                  Court ordered a new penalty hearing in 1994, ruling that prosecutors withheld a
                  letter from a psychiatrist that might have helped Ross' defense.

                  Ross is serving two life sentences for killing two other women in Connecticut.
                  He claims to have killed two other women in New York, but has not been
                  prosecuted there. 



Killer changes mind, wants thorough defense

  By Brigitte Greenberg, Associated Press writer
     NEW LONDON, Conn. -- A serial killer changed his mind
  Wednesday and decided to put up a defense rather than
  face the death penalty without a fight.
     Michael Ross, 39, had fought Connecticut courts for
  years to be executed without putting on a defense. Ross
  said he now wants a thorough defense because Superior
  Court Judge Thomas Miano last month ruled that a death
  penalty hearing must be held.

     Ross said his defense would be that a mental illness was
  to blame for his crimes.
     Miano said a pact between Ross and special prosecutor
  C. Robert Satti, essentially allowing for Ross' death by
  injection without a fight, violated state law and the state and
  federal constitutions.
     "Your decision hit me a little harder than I expected,"
  Ross said Wednesday. "Upon further reflection, ... I fully
  intend to put forth a thorough and spirited defense."
     A former insurance salesman, Ross strangled at least six
  girls and young women in the early 1980s. He was convicted
  and sentenced to death.
     In 1994, the state Supreme Court upheld his conviction
  but overturned his sentence because the trial judge had
  excluded part of a psychiatric report that might have helped
  him escape death.
     The report said Ross suffers from a mental illness --
  sexual sadism. A new penalty hearing was ordered.
     But Ross dismissed his public defenders and instead
  worked with Satti to reach their death penalty pact.
     He has said he is not suicidal but rather wants to spare
  the victims' families the additional pain of another penalty
  hearing.
     The judge denied a 60-day delay which Ross, who has
  been representing himself, asked for so that he could try to
  find a private attorney to take his case for free.
     "I'm not going to lose 60 days," Miano said. "There's
  been game-playing going on, and I'm not going to tolerate
  it."
     Miano scheduled a hearing for Aug. 18 and said he
  wants to begin jury selection in late September or early
  October. He also issued a gag order barring lawyers from
  discussing the case with the media.



From the fotojones project at http://www.fotojones.com/editorial/deathrow/inmates/ross.html

  Michael B. Ross was convicted of the
  kidnapping, rape & murder of four
  teenage girls in New London,
  Connecticut, in 1983 & 1984, as well
  as the murder of 2 other women in
  1982. A 1981 graduate of Cornell
  University, Ross was an insurance
  salesman in the Norwich area. On his
  arrest in June 1984, he confessed to
  strangling the women & raping all but
  one.

  At trial, Ross's defense attorneys did
  not contest his guilt; instead, Ross
  pleaded insanity. At his sentencing,
  his attorneys argued that he suffered
  from extreme emotional disturbance &
  an abusive childhood. Ross was the
  first person to be sentenced to death
  under a statute enacted by the
  Connecticut state legislature 7 years
  earlier.

  In 1994 Ross wrote to several
  newspapers to announce that he was
  dropping his appeals & requesting
  execution. Then, because the trial
  court had excluded evidence that
  would have supported a life
  sentence, he won a new hearing from
  the Connecticut Supreme Court. At
  the end of 1995, Ross was trying to
  fire his attorneys & waive the new
  hearing.

  "Very first feeling I had was my heart
  pounding. It was really pounding &
  then the next feeling was my hands
  hurt because I manually strangled
  them & my fingers were all cramped
  & then the third feeling I remember
  was fear coming in, "Oh, my God,
  there's a dead body in front of me,"
  & that's when I would hide the
  bodies & go through all that."

  Michael Ross doesn't remember
  actually strangling the women he
  killed. Michael was a predator. His
  victims, ranging in age from 14 to 26,
  were faceless to him.

  "I would think anyway that I should
  have in my mind a picture of what
  they looked like when I was
  strangling them, when I was killing
  them, & I don't. I have no idea of
  what they looked like. My only
  recollection of what they looked like
  was what was in the newspaper
  afterwards, like the high school
  picture or whatever."

  At college & after, Ross raped &
  murdered while at the same time
  maintaining normal relationships with
  girlfriends.

  "They were saying that when I'm
  with one type of women, when I'm
  with one that pampers me...I don't
  hurt anybody. When I'm in an
  aggressive relationship with
  someone who fights & we bicker &
  we argue all the time, then that's
  when I go out & hurt people....With
  one relationship, I killed 4 people.
  Then I was in another relationship
  where I didn't kill anybody. Then I
  was in another relationship where I
  killed 4 people & they call it
  something like 'splitting.'"

                                His account was delivered so
                                matter-of-factly. These were real lives
                                he was talking about, yet to him they
                                were anonymous. Michael Ross was a
                                serial murderer, so his crimes had
                                produced large headlines. I had
                                sought Ross out because I needed to
                                include a worst case in my project. It's
                                so easy for the public to cry for
                                execution, but I wanted to illuminate
                                the sympathetic & the heinous with
                                the same light.

                                Michael attributes his problems to
                                mental imbalance: he could not
                                control his emotions. Troubled in
                                childhood by his fantasies, he became
                                more & more tormented in college.

                                "But I guess the easiest way to
                                explain it is everybody's had a tune
                                that's been playing in their head,
                                like a melody that they heard on the
                                radio or something. It just plays over
                                & over & over again....I have that &
                                no matter how hard you try to get rid
                                of that melody, it's still there. And
                                that could kind of drive you nuts. But
                                if you replace that melody now with
                                thoughts of rape & murderer &
                                degradation of women..."

                                I had thought I would encounter a
                                madman, a captive of Thorazine & the
                                straitjacket. But because of modern
                                pharmaceuticals, his life had changed.
                                He did not fit my preconception of the
                                archetypal serial killer. Ten years after
                                his crimes, Ross was friendly, affable,
                                even ebullient-he bounced. His
                                curiosity & enthusiasm overwhelmed
                                & slightly unsettled us. He had once
                                been a handsome Ivy Leaguer, an
                                engineering major. Somehow he had
                                metamorphosed into a killer.

                                During his years on death row,
                                Michael demonstrated his instability
                                by appealing at different times to be
                                executed, castrated, or retried. Now ,
                                on therapeutic medications, Ross
                                says he no longer has the fantasies
                                that made him dangerous. No matter
                                what scientists find out about him &
                                his obsessions, mental illness or
                                insanity, he will never be released.

                                "If I'm executed or if I die, I just want
                                to be cremated & my ashes scattered.
                                I want no gravestone, no
                                reminders....I just want to be
                                forgotten."



NEW YORK/CONNECTICUT:
Serial killer Michael Ross, on death row in Connecticut for the murders
of 4 teen-age girls in the early 1980s, must cross state lines next
month to answer charges in a 1982 slaying in New York.

DNA evidence has linked Ross, 40, to the rape and murder of Paula
Perrara, a high school student who disappeared from Wallkill, N.Y.,
prosecutors said. He was indicted Thursday.

"Michael Ross picked her up, drove her to a secluded area, dragged her
from his car, raped her and murdered her," said Frank Phillips, the
district attorney for Orange County.

Ross was a student at Cornell University at the time.

He is scheduled to appear in an Orange County courtroom on Oct. 13 for
arraignment. Court officials said he has to be arraigned in person.

Connecticut prison officials have not received any paperwork from New
York yet on Ross' arraignment, said Christina Polce, a spokeswoman for
the Connecticut Department of Correction. She declined to comment on
details for transporting Ross, saying "it would be risking public
safety and security."

Police in New York linked Ross to the case after he admitted in a BBC
interview that he had committed at least 1 murder in New York that had
not been linked to him. New York police got a search warrant and
collected DNA samples from Ross which matched those found on Perrara.

"Until he gave that one interview of 1994, we always were holding off
because we didn't want to do anything to interfere with Connecticut's
case," said Assistant District Attorney John Geidel.

Ross was convicted of the Connecticut slayings and sentenced to death in
1987, but the state Supreme Court in 1994 overturned the penalty. The
high court, which upheld Ross' capital felony convictions, ordered the
new penalty hearing after ruling the exclusion of a psychiatrist's letter
in the 1st trial prevented the defense from possibly swaying the jury to
impose a life sentence.

He was resentenced to death in May.

Ross has previously confessed to 2 other murders in New York, but has
never been tried in those cases.

Perrara disappeared March 1, 1982 after leaving early from her high
school because she didn't feel well, said Geidel.

"She was hitchhiking unfortunately," Geidel said Friday.

Her body was found 17 days later.

New York authorities received the final report on DNA tests in the
Perrara case this spring, said Geidel. Previous tests showed the DNA was
consistent with Ross, but new testing that could home in more accurately
had just become available earlier this year in the state police lab, he
said.

Ross, a former insurance salesman, admitted preying on his victims as
they walked or hitchhiked down quiet country roads in New London County.
He raped some of them. Ross also is serving 2 life sentences for killing
2 other women in Windham County.

He has claimed a disorder called sexual sadism drove him to rape and
kill a defense the jury rejected.

(source: Associated Press) 



Serial killer signs his death warrant

  By Brigitte Greenberg, Associated Press writer
     NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Serial killer Michael Ross has
  literally signed away his life, putting his name at the bottom of an
  extraordinary 10-page agreement with a prosecutor to go to his
  execution quietly.

     The pact between Ross and special prosecutor C. Robert
  Satti could force Connecticut -- a state that has not carried out
  the death penalty since 1960 -- to face an execution soon.
     Legal experts around the country are calling the deal
  unprecedented and say it has dangerous implications. A human
  rights group says it was the product of an "unholy alliance" of the
  killer and prosecutor.
     Even the judge in the case has expressed reservations,
  holding off accepting the agreement until hearing further
  arguments on whether it is legal and binding.
     Ross, a former insurance salesman and Ivy League graduate,
  strangled at least six girls and young women in the early 1980s.
  He pleaded guilty to two killings in 1985 and was convicted of
  four others in 1987. Later that year, he was sentenced to death.
     In 1994, the state Supreme Court upheld his conviction but
  overturned his sentence because the judge had excluded part of
  a psychiatric report that might have helped him escape death. A
  new penalty hearing was ordered.
     But Ross dismissed his public defenders and wrote to Satti
  with the idea that a new penalty hearing could be avoided
  altogether if they could come to some arrangement.
     Over the course of three years, the prosecutor and the
  defendant -- acting as his own attorney, with a court-appointed
  lawyer as an adviser only -- worked side by side to create their
  lethal brief. The document coldly details how he how captured
  and killed his victims. Most of them were raped and their bodies
  dumped in the woods.
     The contract, signed March 11, ends with the declaration that
  "a sentence of death will be imposed."
     Plenty of other death row inmates around the country have
  pleaded guilty or waived all appeals after being sentenced to
  die. Ross' case differs in two major respects.
     First, he signed an explicit contract with the prosecution that,
  if found to be binding, seals his fate. And second, the deal would
  eliminate the penalty hearing altogether.
     Legal experts say this appears to be improper because
  under Connecticut law, no one can be sentenced to death
  without a penalty hearing. They also object because Ross' fate --
  unlike that of many death row inmates -- is far from hopeless.
     Under the law, Ross would be spared the death penalty if a
  judge or jury at the penalty hearing found just one mitigating
  factor, such as a history of child abuse. Ross has a psychiatric
  report that says he suffers from a mental illness.
     Ross, 38, a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in
  agricultural economics, denied he is suicidal and said he simply
  wants to spare the victims' families from having to go through
  another hearing.
     "They have been hurt enough by my actions in the past," he
  said during a hearing before Superior Court Judge Thomas
  Miano. "I don't want them to have to hear the awful details of how
  I sadistically brutalized and murdered their daughters."
     Satti refused to comment yesterday.
     The judge has asked Satti and Ross to submit briefs on the
  legality their agreement and set a hearing for April 9.
     Patrick Culligan, chief of the capital defense team for the
  state Office of the Chief Public Defender, is trying to intervene.
     "Our Supreme Court has said that in Connecticut, if the death
  penalty is imposed, it must be the result of a reasoned moral
  judgment. The parties do not seem to be addressing that
  interest at all," Culligan said. "It comes down to couple of guys
  trying to come up with their own rules." 



Killer Hospitalized
Connecticut, 11/2/98

     A serial killer has apparently overdosed in his prison cell. Michael Ross, who has
     alternately cooperated with and opposed efforts to put him to death, was hospitalized
     this morning after an apparent overdose. Ross, 39, was discovered on the floor of his
     death row cell at Northern Correctional Institution in Somers around 1:25 a.m.,
     Correction Department Capt. Scott Semple said. Ross was "unresponsive" when
     discovered by guards, Correction Department spokeswoman Christina Polce said. He
     was treated at the prison, then taken around 4 a.m. to the University of Connecticut
     Health Center in Farmington. Hospital spokesman Patrick Keefe said Ross was being
     treated in a secure area of the hospital designed to handle prisoners. He said Ross was
     in "serious" condition, meaning that his vital signs such as pulse and blood pressure
     were unstable. Keefe said Ross appeared to have suffered from an overdose, but
     could not say whether his stomach had been pumped. Police told the newspaper that
     state police and the Correction Department's security division were investigating. She
     would not say if authorities were investigating the incident as a suicide attempt or
     whether other inmates were involved. Ross strangled at least six girls and young women
     in the early 1980s. He pleaded guilty to two killings in 1985 and was convicted of four
     others in 1987. Later that year, he was sentenced to death. In 1994, the state Supreme
     Court upheld his conviction but overturned his sentence because the trial judge had
     excluded part of a psychiatric report that might have helped him escape death. For
     several years, Ross pressed for his execution, claiming he wanted to spare the victims'
     families another trial. He changed his mind after the death agreement he signed with
     state prosecutors was thrown out in July. Last month, court papers were filed asking
     that Ross, a former Jewett City insurance salesman and graduate of Cornell University,
     be spared the death penalty because of what lawyers claimed is the "cruel and unusual"
     nature of lethal injections. Ross will be resentenced next year. Jury selection for that
     process is scheduled to begin Feb. 23.
 
 
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