8 Oscar Gates
In a dispute within an Oakland forgery ring in 1979, Oscar Gates shot his partners and killed one. He was later convicted of the murder of a woman raped at a mortuary in Los Angeles. Sentenced to death in 1981, Gates has been diagnosed with delusional, paranoid disorder.
Gates believes the state is trying to steal a Howard Hughes trust fund along with his cure for AIDS.
In Gates’ mind, Hughes knew about the 9/11 attacks and tried to warn everyone, but the country covered it. He has been deemed incompetent for execution.
7 Douglas Clark
Dubbed the Sunset Killer, Douglas Clark killed six women and attempted to kill the seventh in 1980. One of the dead victims was a 15-year-old-girl. He was sentenced to death in 1980.
Although state experts say he is competent, other psychiatrists disagree and suggest that Clark has bipolar disorder.
Clark believes his death sentence is nothing but a conspiracy to cover up murders by a copycat killer of Charles Manson. His 1992 federal appeal is still pending; he remains on death row.