USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Did you know the State of Wisconsin was the first state in the Union to outlaw capital punishment? In fact, before outlawing the death penalty prior to the Civil War only one person was ever executed in Wisconsin. Even after Jeffrey Dahmer the so called “Milwaukee Monster” tortured, killed and ate his prey of young boys, Wisconsin still did not change their statute.
When you watch those police dramas on TV and in movies, and the gruff old detective threatens the suspected with a “needle” in their arm as punishment for some heinous crime the dirt-bag committed, those who perpetrate evil in Wisconsin are not scared.
I wonder if you did a scrub of any and all electronic devices that Kenneth B. Freeman used in the past six months, would there perhaps be some type of internet gathered background information on capital punishment? You might then wonder if perhaps he knew he was not going to have to forfeit his life for the brutal extinction of Nurse Carlie Beaudin’s life by his hands (allegedly of course.)
For the sake of full disclosure I am married into a four generation family of nurses. The great aunt was a WWII Army trained nurse, the mother-in-law is a retired nurse, the wife and daughter are also nurses. My selfish philosophy in life is, if you cannot be a nurse, marry one. I would like to think Carlie Beaudin’s widower husband Nick also lovingly believed in the same philosophy.
Our society cannot afford the loss of one nurse to early retirement or leaving nursing all together because of dissatisfaction with a noble and desperately needed profession. This nation cannot afford the loss of a nurse when they leave on their own and should never abide the loss of a nurse due to violence and murder.
We are critically short of nurses in North America and it is only going to get worse.
We cannot educate nurses at a speed that comes even close to keeping up with demand. A BSN prepared nurse takes four years of very intense undergraduate education before they enter the world of healing. The days of giving them a few lessons on how to roll bandages and starch their uniforms correctly then sending a new nurse out to cure the sick is long gone, if it ever existed.
Carlie Beaudin was a masters prepared Nurse Practitioner. This added two plus more years on top of the bachelor of nursing degree she had already achieved in order for her to work with oncology patients.
Allegedly by his own admission Kenneth B. Freeman waited for Carlie Beaudin to appear alone, late at night in a dark and freezing (it was -21 degrees that night) parking structure connected to the hospital she worked at and he beat the woman to death. After kicking and stomping her neck perhaps as many as forty times he allegedly manually strangled her. Then he left her laying on the frozen concrete floor of the parking structure, where her blood froze and caused her body to stick to the payment.
Freeman is now in a nice warm cell in the Milwaukee county jail and Carlie Beaudin will never be warm again. Not to be gruesome but most likely because of the record cold she suffered in, her frozen body had to be warmed up to attempt emergency medical treatment and later forensic examination.
I am an old retired cop who has worked way too many dead body crime scenes in my law enforcement career. Even though I was not there and I did not know her, Carlie Beaudin’s crime scene really bothers me. I am friends with a nurse practitioner who worked with Carlie Beaudin. One of my family members had worked with her husband Nick in the past and thought very highly of him.
Approximately 95% of the nurses in the US are women. It is a life calling profession. It is a profession that requires college and university degrees just to get into nursing and advance degrees to move you into enhanced roles of healing.
Please do not take me wrong but when the world gets really ugly and is in crisis we do not need more lawyers and MBA prepared business people, we need nurses, backed up with professional degrees and years of healing experience.
Carlie Beaudin was one of the truly gifted and talented ones out there using her education and skill to render care to the very sick in our society. And now she is gone forever because Freeman took Mrs Beaudin from her husband, her family, her nursing profession and from a community that needed her, and needed her very badly.
Many states have statutes on the books that call for enhanced punishment for those who choose to harm or kill members of the law enforcement community. Kill a cop or a prison guard and the system will make your life miserable. In some states a deliberate targeting and murder of a cop is a capital offense.
My wife and I are both retired US Air Force. She was an Air Force nurse. The military has figured out that medical personnel are different than the rest of the armed services members. Under the Geneva Convention medical staff are non-combatants. They are considered under a separate category from the soldier standing in harms way with their weapon.
They are different and they are special because in time of war they are charged with the task of saving lives, not taking lives.
Race and gender were a major contributing factor in this murder. Mrs. Beaudin was a small in stature, white female and Freeman was a black male. I suggest Freeman targeted Carlie Beaudin because of who she was.
In our North American culture white women do not fight. I am going to assume that if you are professionally educated in the arts of healing and caring for the sick you are even more inclined not to be ready to fight for your life.
White women are murdered at a rate of approximately 1 per every 100,000 women. Black women are murdered at a rate of approximately 2.6 for every 100,000 women. African Americans make up approximately 13% of the US population, with half of that number being women.
In this much smaller pool of black American women vs white American women, black females are murder at 2 and 1/2 times the rate of slaughtered white women. Now if you believe everything you see on TV, movies and the nightly news you get the impression black women are not going down without a fight. Perhaps that concept intimidated Freeman, the new “Milwaukee Monster.”
Freeman worked at the hospital complex that employed Nurse Beaudin. He had ample opportunity to observe the ways and habits of the largely female staff that moved about the campus 24 hours a day.
I suggest Freeman chose Carlie Beaudin because of her race, size and gender and this would under both state statute and federal law constitute a hate crime.
Now I know the feds are pretty squeamish about putting an evil person to death but they do have the laws and the ability on their side to accomplish this very needed task. Since Wisconsin gave up their ability after just barely becoming a state, I have little faith in Carlie Beaudin’s family ever getting justice out of this crisis at the state level.
Just as there are enhanced penalties for killing a cop there needs to be enhanced penalties for deliberate killing those in the healing professions.
If you kill a nurse you should get a hearse.
Major Van Harl USAF Ret.
About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:
Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret., a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force, was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School. A retired Colorado Ranger and currently is an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Cudahy PD in Milwaukee County, WI. His efforts now are directed at church campus safely and security training. He believes “evil hates organization.”