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On the evening of Jan 30th, 2019, Robert Jennings, a heartless, soul-less thug was executed for the cold-blooded murder of HPD officer Elston Howard in July, 1988.

HPD officer Elston Howard’s mother escorted by HPD Chief and Joe Gamaldi.

Officer Howard was working the vice detail and was in the process of arresting a peep-show operator. Jennings entered and summarily shot this fine man twice in the back of his head. At the time, Officer Howard was wearing a jacket with the letters HPD displayed on the back.

Joe Gamaldi, president of the HPD officers union said, “Jennings has spent more time on death row than officer Howard was alive. Howard was an honorable man full of integrity.”

HPD officers union president on the execution of cop killer robert jennings.

What the hell is wrong with a system that allows a cop killer to remain alive for so long? Time to speed up the process and get this job done.

Howard’s mother and other family members had to endure the endless string of appeals and pleading. Don’t think for one second that these procedural measures didn’t take a toll on family members.

Perhaps the family can have a degree of finality. Closure, never.




Published by Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.

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