I remember the early days of the crazy corny country music TV show, “Hee Haw,” from my childhood. I always enjoyed the opening credits of the show and the way that the cast was introduced — among them a tall, bespectacled banjo player who went by the memorable stage name of Stringbean.
Stringbean’s given name was David Akeman and I remember him as I do much of the cast. It turned out that he was a member of the Grand Ole Opry, too; one day, he wasn’t on the show anymore, and I didn’t really think about why >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9EAUms4XIg
Fast-forwarding a few decades, I was watching a show about crimes committed within the country music universe when a clip suddenly appeared about how Stringbean and his wife, Estelle, were murdered at their home in 1974 after they returned from a performance at the Opry (here’s a news local news report from a Nashville TV station from several years ago) >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B1xKCAfDno
It was just today that the man who killed the couple, John Brown, was paroled after serving 40 years of a 198-year sentence >>> http://www.wkrn.com/story/26793495/stringbean-killer-john-brown-granted-parole
My initial reaction is that someone who is convicted of the crimes that got Brown incarcerated for four decades should die in jail.