SO LONG, SLAGLE :
A death row inmate hanged himself in an Ohio jail cell yesterday, just days before his scheduled execution.
Convicted killer Billy Slagle. 44, was sentenced to die for the 1987 stabbing death of his neighbor, Mari Anne Pope, while she was babysitting two young children.
His original motive for breaking-and-entering into the home had been to burglarize it so he could "buy alcohol."
Another Cleveland creep with significant issues, Slagle, then 18, already had a criminal history including assault before the brutal slaying, and had been a habitual drug user since the age of 12.
He used a pair of scissors to kill Pope, knifing her 17 times while her small charges looked on.
One of the boys who witnessed the bloody event was so traumatized thereafter that eventually, as a young adult, he took his own life.
The case of a death row inmate hanged before his executioners can do the job isn't so uncommon, which is why such prisoners are customarily put on a suicide watch three days before their date with death.
Psycho Slagle beat the clock by a few hours however, but his fate still remains the same -- goodbye and good riddance.