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A Word From the Coffin Co.

Letters published 12/20/2006

Proud sponsor of Frank Spisak's burial: I would like to commend you on an excellent article on Frank Spisak ["Cheating Death," December 6]. It was very well written and detailed. However, I would like to comment on some of the content.

My family owns the Langenau Manufacturing Company, one of the places where Spisak worked one of his "dead-end factory jobs." Langenau has been manufacturing in Cleveland for more than 100 years. It has supported, trained, and educated hundreds of people during that time, not to mention supporting the city with tax dollars over the years. I resent it being referred to as a "dead-end job."

I knew Frankie well. He worked in our tool department. We called him "Faggoty Frankie," which he really didn't mind, because not only was he unsure of his gender, but he had a true love for male porn. We overlooked his bullshit of wearing makeup and talking about his hormone injections because he appeared to be a nice, harmless guy and well educated. He was weird and strange, but clearly intelligent. Weird doesn't make insane, but Frank Spisak was clearly a monster-in-waiting. Except for some idiot liberal Democratic judge in Cincinnati, he would be dead now.

I find this whole thing unbelievably appalling. It just goes to show you what a train wreck our justice system is. Here you have a man who is intelligent enough to work our system and spend thousands of taxpayer dollars on some bullshit premise of being wrongly represented by his attorney. Are you kidding me? He admitted to the killings. It's wrong that he hasn't paid for his crimes. He hunted these people down, and he had a growing taste for killing. There is no telling where it would have ended if it weren't for some good detective work and a little luck. As far as I'm concerned, he has only one right -- and that is to die.

We will be proud to know that he will be buried in an Aurora Casket filled with components supplied and manufactured in America by the Langenau Manufacturing Company.

Greg Merrill


Give the man what he wants: The Sheehans have been through enough already -- it's been 25 years. I believe Spisak knew what he was doing, and he deserves to fulfill the sentence he got. Taxpayers and family members do not need to have this waste of life hanging on. There are too many folks who are deserving of life, and he intentionally took that away. Basically, he asked that his be taken too.

Jenn Alvino


This way to the execution chamber: This shows how ridiculous our courts can be. Here we have a killer of multiple people who has survived for 25 years, when it should have been a quick and short walk to the execution chamber. Was there any doubt he had committed the killings? No? Then off he goes. Bleeding hearts on the bench are a sad thing.

Pamela Dunn

Tampa, Florida

Screwing the transgender community: While it's obvious that Frank Spisak had more than a few screws loose, people like him seem to be the only coverage transgenderism and transsexuality ever receive in the news media. It's no wonder, then, that we're viewed as perverts, murderers, and psychopaths.

I'm a woman who was born in a male body. I work as a waitress. Apart from having to deal with all the bullshit society piles on me, I live a pretty normal life. So do the friends of mine who are trans.

I know that normal lives are too boring to make the headlines, but the slanted image we receive is incredibly unfair and demeaning. We are just men and women living our lives as who we really are.

Covers of killers in drag with hairy legs may bring in more readers, but they're no better at depicting reality than photos of black people looting after Katrina hit. The way you covered this story did us all in the trans community a huge disservice.

Jamie Roberts


The real Pablo Santiago: There is an error in your First Punch "Santiago vs. Santiago" [November 29]. The subtitle reads "A councilman gets scammed by his aide," though Pablo Santiago is later referred to as a volunteer. Pablo Santiago did not serve as Councilman Santiago's aide. He was one of many volunteers giving time to the Ward 14 Neighborhood Office.

Furthermore, the column reports that Pablo Santiago was arrested for an assault at Club Envy. That assault and subsequent arrest occurred at Latin Touch, not Club Envy.

Katherine Samsa

Media and Public Relations

Cleveland City Council

Sindust gets it both ways: I was insulted by what was said about Sindust [Regional Beat, November 15]. You said you don't know whether they are "tough guys being sensitive" or "sensitive guys being tough." I know the band, and they are just being themselves. Are you saying that guys can be only tough or only sensitive? Why can't they be both, like Chris, Aaron, Tom, and Mark are?

Do me a favor. Go find another band that sounds as original as Sindust does and a band that works as hard as these guys do.

Manny Blum


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