A criminal case grabbing significant media attention in Alaska right now is the ongoing hearing on Joshua Wade (pictured at left). Based on his track record, Joshua Wade appears to be Alaska's answer to Charles Manson; a stone killer with no sense of remorse.
In the latest story about his ongoing evidence hearing to determine if bloodhound search results can be admissible for an eventual Federal trial of Joshua Wade for the murder of Mindy Schloss, it's been reported that he kept a jailhouse diary describing the crime against Schloss in violently graphic and detailed terms. The actual murder trial of Wade is not expected to begin until at least the spring of 2009, because the death penalty is on the table, since it's a Federal trial (Alaska has no death penalty).
You can access all previous Anchorage Daily News stories about Joshua Wade on this page. Even the SPLC has taken a whack at Joshua Wade in this article written by Susy Buchanan, who was once a reporter for the weekly Anchorage Press.
And more individual stories on Joshua Wade are filtering out. One such story was posted as a comment to a Joshua Wade story in the new Alaska Standard blog, a professional blog headed up by KFQD conservative shock jock Dan Fagan. This blog, which is set up to accept posts from a wide variety of right-leaning Alaskan opinion-makers ranging from pro-family activist Jim Minnery to moderate Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, isn't so much the successor to the now disused Voice Of The Times as it is a right-of-center counterpart to the left-of-center Alaska Dispatch blog. The individual posting the comment identifies himself as a political progressive who was Joshua Wade's landlord. Here's his account (I took the liberty of cleaning up a few typos):
Dan here is a true story for you
Submitted by progressiveCHRIS on Tue, 12/09/2008 - 1:55pm.
I had the displeasure of dealing with Joshua Wade, when I had to physically remove him from one of my rental properties. I had leased the apartment to a young man who seemed responsible and had a decent job and good references. However at some point he felt he needed a roommate and simply moved Joshua in with out permission. I was not aware of the situation until the tenant contacted me saying he had to move out because he was scared for his life, due to his choice of roommate, and he started staying with his mom. When I went to the apartment no one answered the door so I put a 24 hr notice to enter on the door. The next day I went to the apartment, knocked on the door, but no one answered so I went in.
At first all seemed normal but in one bedroom the door was locked. I had to take a pipe wrench and break off the handle, then I noticed the door was paddle locked from the inside. With one solid kick, down came the door. There was Joshua laying on the bed with a look of anger in his eyes. I said you need to get the hell off of my property because you are not on the lease and this property has been abandoned.
He tried to give me a rant about paying rent and being a roommate. Myself being a big intimidating guy said you have two options get the hell out of here or I can whoop your ass and we will both go to jail. He was actually non-confrontational with me (he only picks on small women). He did end up leaving and I told him I would leave his shit outside, but he never returned for it, so it went in the dumpster. Just think if I had smoked that fool that day, I would have removed one worthless soul from earth and saved a loving soul.
Wow, not very progressive sentiments, are they? Progressives often prefer to make excuses for these type of people rather than "smoke" them. Hmmm, perhaps when it comes to private property, maybe they're not so different than the rest of us. You think?
But then again, the purpose of this post isn't to "smoke" progressives, but to show that this Joshua Wade is truly the scum of the earth, to the point that nobody in Alaska, regardless of political persuasion, has any use for him.
Joshua Wade is justification for the existence of the death penalty. Too bad Alaska legislators won't do the right thing and bring it back at the state level.