By Scott Tibbs, May 27, 2005
Lionel Tate, the psychotic killer who administered a horrifically brutal beating to Tiffany Eunick that resulted in the 6-year-old's death, is in trouble again. Tate is being held without bond after allegedly robbing a pizza-delivery man.
I said that when Tate was released last year that he was a monster. There is absolutely no way that the beating he gave that little girl was a result of "playing" or "roughhousing". It was cold-blooded murder. Putting this piece of human debris back on the streets was lighting the fuse to a bomb.
Once again, Tate's "mother", Kathleen Grossett-Tate, is in the spotlight. You may recall that when Tiffany was on the receiving end of a savage beating by her son, Grossett-Tate yelled down the stairs, ordering Tiffany to stop crying. Shouldn't a highway patrol officer have enough sense to investigate why Tiffany was making so much noise?
Apparently Grossett-Tate has not learned from the role she played in the murder of a 6-year-old child. The Miami Herald reports that "the Florida Highway Patrol has opened an internal investigation into how Tate's mother lost track of her FHP service weapon.". Another article from the Herald adds the following: "An investigation of the alleged robbery revealed that three guns -- a .40-caliber Beretta semi-automatic, a 9mm Taurus Millennium semiautomatic handgun and a .357-caliber revolver -- were missing from her home on Southwest 52nd Avenue."
I am dumbfounded as to how Tate's "mother" (who obviously is not much of a "mother" at all) has managed to keep her job as a police officer. Not only did her negligence contribute to the barbaric murder of Tiffany Eunick, but she has lost track of her police-issue firearm! With Lionel Tate in the house, it is (or should be) common sense that she needs to be extra careful with her weapons.
I am sure the obviously low standards for the Florida Highway Patrol makes the citizens of Florida feel safer.
It is long past time to face the cold, hard truth: Lionel Tate is a psychopath who should never have been released from prison. His latest run-in with the law further discredits claims made by his defense attorney that he was imitating professional wrestling. Some people, though, are still pointing fingers at wrestling, even though the Parents Television Council has retracted their statements tying this to wrestling and even Lionel Tate's lawyers admit that the "wrestling defense" was "bogus".
There are two guilty parties here: Lionel Tate and his "mother", Kathleen Grossett-Tate. Of course, Tate bears the vast majority of the blame because he is the one who committed murder; his "mother" failed to intervene. Whether he is guilty of armed robbery or not, Lionel Tate needs to be behind bars for the rest of his life. Society must be protected from this maniac. If Tate is not guilty of armed robbery, I do not think it would be a great tragedy of he was convicted and sent to prison anyway. Armed robber or not, we already know he is a murderer.