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Photo of serial killer’s controversial ‘death row’ tattoo made public

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INDIANA — An image of a serial killer’s controversial tattoo he got while on death row was released Wednesday for the public to view.

The tattoo, which reads “Death Row X3,” covers much of the back of William Clyde Gibson’s head and is an obvious reference to his convictions in three murders, according to WAVE.

But, Gibson can only be sentenced to death twice.

Gibson was given the death penalty for killing his mother’s best friend, 75-year-old Christine Whitis, in 2012. After making a plea deal in the 2002 murder of Karen Hodella, he received a 65-year prison term for her death. The sentencing phase of the third murder case currently is underway.

Although Gibson pleaded guilty to Stephanie Kirk’s 2012 murder, he could be sentenced to death for her killing.

The photo of Gibson’s tattoo was released as part of evidence logged in by police. Officials say the tattoo is  controversial because he got it while in police custody, although no one has come forward claiming to know exactly when or where it was done.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson wants to know how an inmate who is supposed to be segregated 23 hours a day could get such an elaborate tattoo.

DOC says if anyone had noticed a new tattoo on Death Row, Gibson would have been written up for disciplinary action. Because he wasn’t, it was suggested that Gibson got the tattoo at another facility, such as the Floyd County Jail.

The mystery of Gibson’s tattoo remains unsolved.

Source: WAVE


  • a man

    who cares. the main point here is that the man is still alive and shouldn’t be. hes been convicted and sentenced to die. why does that take so long. I say finish the tattoo and put a bullet hole right in the center of it. quick, easy, and cheap. this guy doesn’t deserve another penny of my tax money, or even the oxygen he breathes.

  • Anon Y Mous

    How was he convicted of a murder in 2002 and given a 65yr sentence but was able to kill again in 2012?

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