Monday, August 13, 2012

'Onion Field' cop killer Gregory U. Powell dead at 79


Gregory U. Powell, who kidnapped two Los Angeles police officers in 1963 and killed one of them, has died, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said. He was 79.

He died on Sunday after a battle with prostate cancer at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Powell’s case was made famous in Joseph Wambaugh’s book “The Onion Field.”

It was March 9, 1963, when LAPD Officer Ian Campbell and his partner, Karl Hettinger, were driven to a Kern County onion field at gunpoint. Hettinger managed to escape but Campbell was shot and killed.

Powell was arrested the night of the murder. His partner, Jimmy Lee Smith, was arrested the following day.

Both were convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Their death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment after California's death penalty was ruled unconstitutional in 1972.

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Policeman Ian J. Campbell
Los Angeles Police Department, California
End of Watch: Saturday, March 9, 1963

Policeman Ian Campbell was shot execution style and killed after he and his partner were abducted by two suspects during a traffic stop. The officers were on patrol when they began to question the men. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and was able to disarm the officers. The two men drove the officers to a field where they shot Policeman Campbell. The second officer was able to flee the scene and was not injured.

The shooter suspect was sentenced to death but later had the sentenced commuted to life. The accomplice was also sentenced to life in prison.

In December 2006 the accomplice violated his parole and remained at large for several months. He was located on February 25, 2007, and taken into custody. He died of natural causes while in prison on April 6, 2007. The other subject remains in custody and was denied parole for the 12th time in October 2011. The subject has a terminal illness and is expected to die in prison.

Policeman Campbell was survived by his mother and two daughters. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.

Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/2723-policeman-ian-j-campbell#ixzz23RlpwDJ6

29 comments:

I Voted For Obama said...

He didn't die soon enough.

Anonymous said...

Onions but no garlic...

Dude is dead now!

Anonymous said...

A waste of skin and an oxygen thief is dead.

Anonymous said...

It's good to know that he is rotting in hell.

Anonymous said...

I want to take a huge giant diarreha infested corn ridden shit on Powells grave...Then I want to fuck the nastiest fucking whore I can find on top of his cum saturated corpse from all the cock he gobbled in the joint.....I can go on if u want????

Anonymous said...

Always carry a hold out piece.They dont call it onion field insurance for nothing.

Anonymous said...

Anyone stupid enough to willingly submit to a kidnapping deserves their fate.

Anonymous said...

I hope he suffered!

Anonymous said...

I hope POWELL rots in hell for all eternity for what he did to
Ofc. Campbell.

Retired Ol' Sixgun Sarge

Anonymous said...

Thank God he suffered. Would hate to see him die peacefully.

Anonymous said...

Proof positive that the Death Penalty WORKS when actually applied. What did it cost to feed, house, treat his cancer, not to mention court costs, for almost 50 years?

Anonymous said...

148pm you are a asshole ,you were not there. you do not monday morning shit like that, you must be a hairgell punkjackoff.

Anonymous said...

By all means, your on a roll, please continue.

Anonymous said...

Read the book many years ago and saw the movie when it came out in 1979. Good riddance!

Anonymous said...

It costs more to execute someone than it does to keep them in prison. The lawyers suck the system for all the dollars that they can get. Your choice. Feed the lawyers or feed the killers. Not much difference.

Anonymous said...

Good! He was a rotten piece of shit who gave up his nigger accomplice in a heartbeat.

They both should have been gassed 49 years ago!

Anonymous said...

hello satan, i'm home!

Anonymous said...

ROT IN HELL!!!!

Anonymous said...

Can only hope this sadistic pathetic cocksucker died a verrrry slow and painful death. The Devil is waitin on his ass.

Anonymous said...

If these asshole degenerates were excuted very quickly without all the appeals then the Death Penalty would indeed WORK. These murdering assholes know they have years to appeal and might get lucky and have a sorry fucking Mutant like ex Gov. George Ryan commute their sentence. In the Old West you went right out to the hangin tree upon sentencing. No fucking appeals. No nothing. Next.

Anonymous said...

Hope ST.PETER rips off his head and shits down his neck.Rot in hell fucknuts.

Anonymous said...

A lesson hard learned about a back up gun. Fuck that scumbag pice of shit. I hope he suffered for years and died bowels impacted on prison food! On an unrelated note does anybody remember that guy in the 7th district who carried two old wheel guns on his right side right next to each other? I only met him once about 8 years ago, was wondering what was with that. Just curious

Anonymous said...

1:36pm continuing (thanks 4:22pm)...Then I will exhume his body and take it to the annual Mr. Leather show and have a bunch of gay S and M leather clad bikers skull fuck Mr. Powells rotting corpse until his head looks like a green and red Jello mold that was run over by a Mack Truck!

Mark12A said...

Back in the day we were indoctrinated in the academy about not giving up our gun under any circumstances. I can't imagine any other way to respond. I guess the younger kids feel differently but it's just how they were trained.

On my department, giving up your gun would likely get you fired.

Anonymous said...

Fuck off, cunt!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully his prostate cancer was the result of years of radiator hose and nig semen coating his insides.

Anonymous said...

lesson hard learned about a back up gun. Fuck that scumbag pice of shit. I hope he suffered for years and died bowels impacted on prison food! On an unrelated note does anybody remember that guy in the 7th district who carried two old wheel guns on his right side right next to each other? I only met him once about 8 years ago, was wondering what was with that. Just curious

August 14, 2012 4:29 AM

I carried:

Beretta model 96 .40 cal(duty)
SW 4006 (secondary)
SW 459 under the vest

And they laughed about it.
My response was:
"Take what you can see
Die from what you cant!"

Learned THAT lesson from an Old Timer who wore a few wheel guns you could see and a few you couldnt.
IF you are out there with ONE gun you are a fool. ALWAYS carry AT LEAST 2. You may(hopefully) never need #2 but its there if you do. There are no "time outs" in a fire fight. You may laugh at the guys that carry more than one but deep down you KNOW those are some bad mother fuckers that go home each night. Take heed and LEARN from that example. You do it right,you can conceal 3 semi autos on you while in uniform. The operative word here is CONCEAL. "They" only need to see your service weapon.Make sure they are all the same caliber and model if possible(example: Sig 229 duty,and 2 sig p 250 back ups.The mags interchange. OR Full size Glock for duty and the "baby" glocks for back up all same caliber.When I wasnt wearing a shoulder holster,I had suede pockets made and sewn inside the vest just beyond where I would put my hands to keep them warm. I stood there smiling at the worst of the shit heads knowing firepower was a 1/4 inch away at all times. (more)

Anonymous said...

(more)...

It is sad as well that we the police need more than one gun out there but things dictate that kind of preparedness.Are YOU ready? Or do we find whats left of you in an alley in the bowels of Englewood? TO THIS DAY,when I go out of State, I carry 2 handguns on my person at all times.It might seem like a bit much Brothers,but trust me it isnt. They dont weigh a lot and are not gonna be uncomfortable to carry IF YOU DO IT RIGHT. After only a SHORT amount of time,you will get used to the extra arsenal and wonder why you didnt do it sooner.

Stay Safe!

Armed in Chicago

Anonymous said...

And as far as weapon surrender,there is a neat little exercise for you.

Assuming you have SW handguns.
Different weapons do and do not have mag safetys. Know your weapon!

As you remove your duty from the holster,hit the mag release.As you hand the gun over let the mag fall to the ground. As the offender looks down at the mag,PULL YOUR SECONDARY and put 2 thru the top of his head.

Im not saying go to work each day with a "kill list" but you best have a killers mentality. All you virgins out there have NO CLUE what its like to drop a hammer on someone.I do. 5 times over. There is not enough space to detail all you go thru when you do. Just pray each day you dont ever have to. That is our last resort against someone.I think comparing the onion field to todays crime is biased. There was a larger degree of trust and respect for us back then. Now,10 year olds take shots at us. Ever shoot a kid? I have. 13 y/o in Robt Taylor Homes that opened fire on us as we went to break up a domestic. Its no fun. So all Im trying to impart to you kids out there is CARRY 2 GUNS. It is always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6 and god knows I carried 15 of my Brothers on this Job. No More. Stay Safe.Go Home! Leave the job in the locker. It will be there when you come back the next watch.

Thank you and God Bless the Chicago Police Department.