Damon Thibodeaux, 47, Jacksonville, FL, Released from Death Row (15 years), Anti-vaxx. Died of COVID
Updated: Sep 17, 2022
9/15/2022 There isn't really an update to this story but it was published by Vaxman one year ago today. I thought it was a good follow up after John Parney's story because both John and Damon wished for the vaccine after it was too late. I also decided to republish this because Vaxman had a sincere message for the SAV readers and I think it would be good to hear it again.
Also, since John's story sparked a lot of good comments on the problems with the US healthcare system, this story demonstrates problems in the US justice system. Here is an interesting article from the ACLU on the injustice to Damon; it compliments the article that Vaxman posted below.
Yes, Damon was an anti-vaxxer and it cost him his life but can we blame the man for having a severe mistrust of the government and authority figures? I can't help but wonder how spending 16 years in prison influenced his critical thinking and judgement skills. Maybe he would still have been an anti-vaxxer if he had never been wrongly convicted of murder, maybe not. We will never know. Here is a good comment from user pestkaj:
"If anyone had a totally valid reason to distrust all authority it was certainly Damon. Sad that the system almost falsely murdered him and then his distrust of the system because of this, murdered him."
Anyway, I thought it would be a good post to revisit until I can get a new story published. It's in the works.
Original story, published September 15, 2021
According to this obituary and this story, Damon has died of COVID on August 31. 2021. According to these stories Damon was the 142nd Death Row inmate to be exonerated by DNA evidence in the United States. He spent 15 years on death row and was released in 2012. However, he was a COVID anti-vaxxer, which set in motion his second death sentence. He wasn't vaccinated and died of COVID.
So, was Damon an anti-vaxxer or just hesitant? Let's see:
Well, maybe he was shocked at Tomi Lahren's position and posted for interest:
Ok, well, maybe he's just worried the safety of J&J....
Not looking good.
Oh, he's an anti-vaxxer, and he's NOT going to get vaccinated at this point.
Not when you think making vaccine passport is like the 4th Reich.
^^^ What's the rest of the math look like?
At this point he has 18 days to get a stay on his intubation.
The stay on his death didn't come.
UPDATE: According to this article: https://www.nola.com/news/coronavirus/article_2b833a56-1644-11ec-80fb-b3f3ca1cbc76.html
Damon had gotten his first shot and ended up in the hospital 2 days later will full blown COVID. So he was just a little too late. But he'd changed his mind!!
NOTE FROM VAXMAN: Please try not to directly insult the dead. They've already insulted themselves and, well, they're dead so they can't hear you. The LIVING Anti-vaxxers CAN hear you! Believe me they are visiting this site and writing me all pissed off. Like livid. Unless they are an extreme influencer like these radio hosts, we should try to keep it civil and a little less celebratory, and definitely shouldn't be calling these people names. Yes, they are all idiots, we know that. Let's try to be a bit more "constructive" and try to convince people who are still on the fence to GET VACCINATED.