This was my mother. No person should have to die in the way that Jay Crider killed her in. I've seen the crime scene photos, and it just showed how cruel and savage he was with her. He has been on record stating that it don't bother him to lie because he does not have a conscience. A person without a conscience cannot be rehabilitated. This is not a person you would want living next door to you. He needs to stay in prison for the rest of his life and never let out.
The family of Becky Snider is petitioning to prevent Jay A Crider inmate #176-624 from being released. Please take a moment to read the following letter. We Thank You, each and everyone of you who signs, for your support.
On July 9, 1983, Jay A Crider raped and murdered Becky Snider. His thoughts and actions on the morning he robbed her life from her can best be described as thoughtless, heartless, sadistic, cold and calculating. The crime within itself is and should be considered heinous due to its nature and violent extent. Jay Crider, at a previous parole hearing or mental health evaluation, was asked why he killed Becky Snider. He has been quoted, stating that Maybe it is because I hate women. His reasoning for this can only be understood by him. Becky was a mother, sister, daughter, aunt and cousin. Not only were her two children affected for the rest of their lives, but multiple lives were affected, touched and changed for the crime he committed. He set into action a chain reaction that cannot be undone. How can a person say that it is fair or it is just for him to be released? That he has served his time? If he gets released, he can still have a life to live. What does Becky Snider get to do upon his release? Nothing, she doesnt get her life to live.
He never attempted to give a reason why he murdered her. He openly admits to killing her. He has also told the police sixteen different times that he Did not know why, he had no reason, he just snapped. He only turned himself in due to the persuasion of an Army Recruiter that he had called and confessed his crime to. He waited until awhile to even call him. The Army Recruiter, who he had confessed his crime to was even afraid of him. I was scared. I did not know if this was his first murder or not. I do not believe then or now that it will be his last. Truthfully, I was scared that he was going to kill me too. He was nonchalant. From his reaction during all this, I believe that he was a calculated murderer and thus cannot be rehabilitated; he should not be paroled.
The police were unsure to the validity of what Crider was telling them. They in turn ordered a polygraph to determine if he was telling the truth. The now retired, Chief of Police, was then a Captain and the Departments Certified Polygraph Examiner. During the 2 hours he was alone with him, he was surprised by the lack of remorse that Crider showed and the almost eagerness he displayed in talking about the murder. Some examples from his pre-test interview include his responses to the following questions he was asked:
Question: How are you feeling right now?
Question: Did you have any problem sleeping last night?
Answer: No problem.
Question: Does it bother you to lie?
Answer: No, I dont have a conscience.
Question: Is there anything else I should know about you?
Answer: I laughed when I killed her, a big old belly laugh.
Just eleven days before the murder, Crider told officers at the Exxon service station, that he felt like hurting someone. In fact, he also stated that it was taking quite a bit to keep from hurting the officers. In 1996, he had stated That she had never given me any problems, she was a sweet person. So sweet that she had to be killed? So sweet for him to play God, to determine that she was unworthy to live, that she had to die in that single moment? Jay Crider had that moment, when he had his fingers wrapped around her neck, to let go. To not go to that point of no return. It was his sole decision to play God. From my understanding of the autopsy report and from his police file, I can only conclude that he placed his knee into her stomach area with such force, causing a 3cm laceration on her liver. She was covered head to toe with 24 bruises, 11 cuts, abrasions and scratches.
He had told the parole board, that he has no intention or desire to come back to the same area. However, not even 2 months after the full board hearing in January 2005, he requested to be placed in a prison closer to the same area near the commission of his crime. To be closer to his family was his reason. He has stated himself that he hates women, would this not make him a woman-hater? Is it not been said that anyone who hates someone due to sex, color or religion and commits an act of violence such said person, said to be a hate crime? He has committed almost every crime imaginable. Lets renew the list: molesting, rape, assault, assault on a police officer, breaking and entering, DUI, CCW, petty theft, auto and larceny, and finally murder. If this does not speak violence, what does?
With just pieces of information scattered about, it just looks like different pieces of information. However, once you put the pieces together, the answer that you get is chilling within itself. The chilling facts of this terrible crime are as follows: he lived with Becky, knew her habits and patterns, knew that she liked to party, he purchased the alcohol for her to consume. He did not have any marks on him and was not drunk. He deliberately took her apartment keys with him, came back, went through her mail and had even moved her body. He had the means, plan, and the opportunity. He was setting her up. The chilling answer when these pieces, the facts, are all placed together is premeditated murder.
He is a sick and sadistic individual that will stop at nothing to get what he wants for a thrill. He gets a sick pleasure out of the fact of knowing that he has the ultimate power and control over another human being. This is his addiction, this is his rush. He will want to continue to feed this addiction, this rush. The question is, should he be allowed to continue to feed it? He will kill again, but who will be his next victim? Will it be someone you know or one of his own family? Or will it be that person who thinks that he is completely harmless? How can a person with no conscience be rehabilitated? If he is released, would you want him living next door to you?
We want to Thank You for taking the time to read and encourage you to sign the following petition.