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THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 j Buenoano murdered her husband, son Killer of 5 set for death in Pla. 8A EXECUTION From LA The Associated Press STARKE During a bloody six-day rampage in 1985, Daniel Eugene Remeta killed a conve They turned up days later, Feb. 8, at a convenience store Ocala. Remeta walked up to bubble gum. When Reeder rang up the purchase arid opened the cash register, Remeta shot him. As Reeder fell, Remeta shot him again, then walked around and shot Reeder twice more. On Feb. 11, Remeta was in Mulberry, Ark., where he killed Linda Marvin, a grocery store who was shot 10 times. ; During a robbery Feb. 13, Remeta killed Larry McFarlaiid Grainfield, Kan. Then he kidnapped Glenn Moore and John "Rick" Schroeder and shot him. They exhumed the bodies of her husband and son and found high levels of arsenic. Arsenic was also found in the body of another boyfriend, Bobby Joe Morris, but Colorado authorities did not pursue a case against her because she had already been sentenced to die in Florida. Buenoano's daughter, Kim-berly Hawkins, and son, James Goodyear, maintained the evidence was unclear. One of her victims was Gentry, who said he became sick after taking "vitamins" Buenoano gave him. They contained arsenic. Gentry said, "I do believe there are cases where people are just so evil they don't deserve to be among the living." In prison, Buenoano crocheted small items to raise money for religious tracts, friends said. She dismissed as "theatrics" the Black Widow nickname, conferred by prosecutors who likened her to a poisonous spider who killed her mates and young. Whatever she was, she was certainly a woman capable of changing identities. She changed her name to Buenoano, a flawed translation of Goodyear, following her husband's mysterious' death months after returning from Vietnam. Police first became suspicious after a car bomb nearly killed her boyfriend, John Gentry, of Pensacola in 1983. She had taken out $500,000 in life insurance on dead near Colby, Kan '.. J ...n" -i il Share your opinions at Palm Beach Interactive: www.GoPBI.com today. He ordered snow cones for his last meal, said Gene Morris, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. His lawyer on Monday asked the Florida Supreme Court to stop the execution and if rejected, he planned to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. Remeta, 40, was condemned and sentenced in 1986 for killing Mehrle "Chef Reeder, a 60-year-old clerk in Ocala. A native of Traverse City, Mich., Remeta left for Florida with friends in late January 1985. NLT IS NOT il M""tV;' W FOR tf PUWCfJ.f u r.-. . ........... ,' V.IJ'.V ! 4 I llffl " i . mony isn't legal Undw for any debt, private on in buy clerk in R. them or nience store clerk in Florida, a grocery clerk in Arkansas, and a restaurant manager and two grain elevator employees in Kansas. Five people in all. Thirteen crime spree, Remeta years after his which also left two people wounded, Remeta was scheduled to die in Florida's electric chair If THU , fc r"S . '. nr.r LEGX Tf NOf 1 -ZZjr2r I $ P I "A t MOW E Y United Playland , . jBg ,., .... 1 Toy -- raw ntV(v j'fTimfl J flrF 1.1 WttfTfTfPi j hang our heads in shame," said Gail Rowland Smith, a Tallahas- see member of Florida Citizens Against the Death Penalty. "The J state that wouldn't grant equality in life for women by passing the I Equal Rights Amendment is pre- pared to enforce equality of death." I Richard Hodelet, vacationing I from Scotland, said, "We love America, but we can't understand this. It's disgusting." To Floyd Cone, of Baldwin, one of a half-dozen people stand- ing in an area roped off for death ; penalty supporters, it was only j fair. ' "She committed murder," said Cone, who said his son was 4 killed in 1981 by an escaped life-' sentence prisoner who was later executed. I don t think the line ' should be drawn because she's a woman." I Certainly her death Monday ! had occurred faster, Cone and others observed, than the ago- nizine arsenic ooisonine that killed her husband, James Good- J year, in Orlando in 1971. It came J faster than the gradual poisoning of her 19-year-old paraplegic son, Michael, and his death by i drowning, weighed down by 50 i pounds of lee braces, in 1980. It came faster than the $217,000 in insurance benefits she collected from their deaths. She claimed innocence all along, but her case never attract- ed the level of national interest conferred on the young and ar 1 ticulate Texan Karla Faye Tuck- er, who died in February by lethal I injection. There was no Pat Rob- ertson or Jesse Jackson to cham- pion her cause. , "She may not have been as ; pretty or as engaging as Karla j Faye Tucker, but she was just as good a Christian," said Bue- noano's cousin, Jeanne Eaton. ' She said Buenoano had become a born-again Christian in prison. '; - Others who visited in her final 48 hours said Buenoano sounded upbeat and talked about TV I shows she had watched and a ; book she was reading by Mary ' Higgins Clark, Remember Me. ' Eaton said Buenoano asked for a public expression of thanks i to her lawyers and prison officials 5 in Broward County, where she stayed until four days before the : cxtxuuuii. t sunt pidnc uuiu uic . same fleet used by Gov. Lawton , Chiles took her to Starke, an un usual arrangement Morris said ' was done to save the time of i driving. , The nature of the crimes may , have had something to do with the relative lack of public sympa-? thy for Buenoano, experts said. ? The majority of the other 533 t: women known to have been exe- cuted in U.S. history used poison, ;J according to death penalty expert Watt Espy of Headland, Ala. A fa- mous exception was Ethel . Rosenberg, who got the chair in 1953 for selling national secrets. Poison had also been the ' method of choice for Rhonda ; Belle Martin, the Alabama wom-'. an who was the last U.S. woman executed by electrocution, in ' 1957, Espy said. She poisoned her ; mother, several children and several husbands, also for insur- ance money, prosecutors said. ' TTiat a wnman rmiiri kill members of her own family, par-; ticularly in such a slow and pain- ful manner, often overcomes whatever traditional reluctance I U.S. juries and governors have i harbored toward executing fe- males. It speaks of chilling pre- meditation, not a momentary ' rage or crime of passion. I "Poison is the most cruel way ; of killing somebody in the world," I Espy, a death penalty opponent, ; said. They generally suffer over a long period of time." The two most recent U.S. women executed, Tucker and Velma Barfield of North Carolina, died by lethal injection. Buenoano is the first woman to die in the electric chair since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Florida legislators unanimously voted this month to resume use of the electric chair after a suspension last year, when a malfunction caused flames to shoot from the headgear of Pedro Medina. The Florida Supreme Court voted 4-3 that the chair was not cruel and unusual punishment, though five justices recommended the legislature con sider lethal injection. Injection should be a back-up only if the chair is ever ruled unconstitutional, lawmakers decided. Buenoano is the third person to be executed in Florida in eight days A fourth, Daniel Remeta, is scheduled to be executed at Starke today. 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