Mom Wants Front-Row Seat


Tina Curl has waited more than 22 years to see Donald Moeller die.  Moeller is scheduled to be executed in South Dakota sometime during the week of October 28th for the murder of Curl’s daughter in 1990.  Curl is trying to raise money to travel from her New York home to witness the execution.

Becky O'Connell(Courtesy

Becky O’Connell

The daughter, Becky O’Connell, nine years old, disappeared on her way to buy candy at a convenience store in Sioux Falls, SD, where the family then lived.  She died of a cut to her jugular vein; an autopsy found that she had been raped both vaginally and anally.  Moeller was convicted of the crime in 1997.

Curl, who lives in upstate Lake Luzerne, NY, is living on disability payments and her husband is unemployed.  Local donations total $721 of the estimated $3,000 to $4,000 dollars the couple says they need to make the trip.

“I have waited 22 long years for this,” Curl told “He watched her die and I am going to watch him die.”

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  1. Martin says:

    The Curls say they have raised the $4,000 needed to travel to Moeller’s execution. But they’ve gotten a lot of criticism, too, according to Tina Curl; advice that they should just “move on.”

    Her response? She told London’s Daily Mail:
    “Unless you’ve walked in my shoes, don’t judge me. Don’t tell me what you would do if it happened to you. You don’t know until it happens to you.”

    Daily Mail link

  2. Martin says:

    Donald Moeller was put to death for the murder of Becky O’Connell by lethal injection Tuesday night; a doctor at the Sioux Falls State Penitentiary pronounced him dead at 10:24 p.m.

    The Curls witnessed the execution, and later met with reporters. “I’ve waited a lot of years for this day; Beck finally gets justice today,” said Tina Curl. “I’ve been wondering if I was going to be alive long enough to see it,” said David Curl.

    Their vigil over, the Curls planned to return to their home in New York State.

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