Tina Curl: NY woman raising funds for trip to watch execution of daughter’s killer

Becky O'Connell was raped and murdered in 1990. She was 9 years old.

Tina Curl told Metro she will never have closure in the brutal murder of her 9-year-old daughter, Becky O’Connell, but watching her killer die will give her peace of mind.

“Nothing will bring her back,” Curl, 50, said of Becky. “It’s important [to see the execution] because he watched my daughter take her last breath. I want to see him take his last breath.”

Donald Moeller was convicted and sentenced to death for raping, stabbing and murdering young Becky in Lincoln County, South Dakota, back in 1990. Curl — who moved to Lake Luzerne, N.Y., with her husband, Dave, after Becky’s murder — described her daughter as a “good-hearted” girl who loved her cats and always made sure she gave everyone a Christmas present, no matter how small.

Now, 22 years after killing O’Connell, Moeller will be executed on or around Oct. 24 in Sioux Falls — and Curl wants to be there.

She and her husband live on disability. Curl said she cannot fly because she has a heart condition. The couple is seeking $4,000 in donations to make the cross-country trip by car to be there when Moeller is put to death.

“She was all I had,” Curl said. “Something I thought no one could ever take away, and he did that — he took away the only thing I had. And for that, I want to see him pay. If other people’s daughters were raped and murdered, I am sure they would want to be there, too.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Curl said she and her husband had only managed to raise about $870 dollars through the fund they set up at a local credit union. She thinks people are hesitant to donate toward her cause because they disagree with capital punishment.

“They are all treating me like I am wrong,” she said. “I don’t care what they think. I believe in an eye for an eye.”

Curl said she is considering sending Moeller a letter to let him know she plans to be present during his death.

“I just want you to know you watched my daughter die; I will be behind the window as you’re taking your last breath,” Curl said she plans to write. “That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. I just want him to know I’m there.”

The Curls’ donation fund is through the Hudson River Community Credit Union at 1-800-824-0700.

Dave and Tina Curl (Images via Facebook)


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Best nature spots for kids in New York…

When it comes to kids and nature, most U.S. parents agree: children should be spending more time outdoors. According to a recent survey by The…

Local

Easter 2014: The year's best bonnets

It's Easter, and that means it's time for Fifth Avenue to turn into a veritable catwalk of bonnet-wearers. The annual march, which kicks off at…

Local

Woman arrested for attempted kidnapping of baby in…

Authorities said that a Queens woman behind an attempted kidnapping of an 8-month-old baby boy was arrested on Saturday.

Local

Hate crime charge in attack on Sikh Columbia…

A man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after he allegedly pulled the beard of a Sikh Columbia University professor as part…

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

NHL

Rangers let chance at victory slip away in…

All the Rangers had to do was hold serve in a raucous Madison Square Garden — roaring in anticipation of putting a hated rival in a 2-0 series hole.

MLB

Yankees place Ivan Nova on DL with partially…

Yankees starter Ivan Nova was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow Sunday.

NHL

Rangers never thought opening round would be 'an…

You might have thought the Metropolitan Division semifinal series was going to be a rout after watching Game 1 Thursday night. The Rangers did not.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.