This is what Michael King looked like when he was caught in 2008 after abducting, raping and murdering 21-year old mother Denise Amber Lee:
Normal looking guy, right? King was a husband and father, a home-owner, a businessman who worked as a plumber. But he’s recently gotten a make-over:
This is King in the courtroom, stumbling around slack-faced, pretending to be incompetent in the interest of setting up a post-conviction defense of mental insufficiency. He kept this face on for the entire trial.
His attorneys alleged that he had diminished intelligence and capacity from a sledding accident he had at six.
You know, before he went to school, got married, started a business, had a kid. . . and then abducted a beautiful young mother and tortured her in a “rape room” before slaughtering her, while expertly eluding authorities.
Expect the European press to automatically (and mindlessly) add King to their list of “mentally handicapped child-men sitting helplessly on American death row.”
Tomorrow: Two Newspapers, and How They Covered the King Trial