United States Army Sergeant
Early in the morning of October 27, 1995 at the U.S. Army's Fort Bragg installation, a young paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division opened fire on his comrades, killing an officer and wounding 18 others, some very seriously.
During his June 1996 trial, William Kreutzer was portrayed as an outcast, subject to ridicule by his fellow soldiers and referred to as "Crazy Kreutzer" and "Silence of the Lambs." He was fond of guns and apparently had little or no social life. Also at the trial, the sergeant attempted to provide a reason for his sniper attack:I wanted to send a message to the chain-of-command that had forgotten the welfare of the common soldier.The court-martial jury found Kreutzer guilty of pre-meditated murder. They sentenced the misfit paratrooper to death. The prosecuting lawyer argued for the death penalty:This criminal betrayed his own soldiers. He became the enemy.The United States Army has eight other soldiers on its death row at Fort Leavenworth. Kreutzer can appeal but if his appeals fail, death will be by lethal injection. The Army has not executed a soldier since Private John Bennett of Virginia was hanged for rape and attempted murder of an eleven year old girl.
Major Steve Badger was one of the soldiers preparing for an exercise run on October 27 in the North Carolina early morning. Suddenly, one of Kreutzer's deadly hollow-point rounds terminated the major's existence. His widow, Diane, commented on the sentence:There weren't any winners. It's just a human tragedy. ... It won't bring Steve back.
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William Kreutzer- 1997 Wonderland Warrior
Published: January 15, 1997
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