Sentenced: Aug. 25,
1998, age 28
Crimes: Murder, kidnapping,
Date of crimes: Sept. 6, 1996
Locations: Hawthorne and northern
Ventura County campground
Victim: Anthony Guest, 20, of
Status: Opening brief filed, state
attorney general working on response
The words “My mama don’t love me”
tattooed across his belly, Brasure tortured Guest inside the so-called
“Red Room” at a Hawthorne house.
Brasure committed one of the worst
crimes prosecutors had ever seen, one that nobody has been able to
He hogtied and gagged Guest, put a
gun to his head, zapped him repeatedly with electrical cords attached to
his body, used an industrial stapler to attach wood to his ears, forced
him to eat glass, and glued his eyes shut.
Then Brasure dragged Guest into a
van, drove him to a Ventura County field, doused him with gasoline and
set him ablaze ‹ alive. A coroner’s official testified that Guest
probably lived for several hours in agony.
former child actor, was scheduled to walk his sister down the aisle at
her wedding two weeks later.
Brasure Wants Pen Pals
Another Unjustly Accused
Death Row Inmate Reaches Out to the Public
Those who seek pen pals on death row
might want to write to Spencer Brasure. Brasure is one of the many death
row inmates that the web site, Canadian Citizens Against the Death
Penalty has decided to feature on there "pen pals" page.
It is ironic that one of the large headlined
pleas in this web site are "Stop the Torture." They feel that
the death sentence is murder and that these poor souls are
victims of our society. Some of the death row inmates have web
pages where their art and poetry or incoherent ramblings are
displayed, along with their photos. Some of the less talented,
simply have their name and a request to "reach out" to the
outside world. After all, life on Death Row is not pleasant.
Some states feel they have the right to do this; to contact people on
the outside and tell them their sob stories, as well as ask for money.
Some states, such as Florida, have banned death row inmates from such
contact, in the interest of protecting the unsuspecting public.
I never heard of Spencer Brasure until I wrote this article. Probably
many people haven't heard of him or the crime he committed to get him
sent to Death Row. The web site never lists the crimes of their adopted
victims. None of the inmates express remorse or admit guilt. They are
all innocent and the murderers are those who have sentenced them to
Let me tell you a little about the poor,
unfortunate Mr. Brasure. On September 6, 1996, the twenty-eight year old
Brasure and an accomplice, Billy Davis, met up with former child actor
Anthony Guest at a hotel in Hawthorne, California. Guest was scheduled
to walk his sister down the aisle for her wedding two weeks later. Why
he met up with Brasure and Davis is still a mystery, but whatever the
circumstances, he certainly didn't deserve what happened to him in that
Guest was hog tied by both of the men and
repeatedly zapped with a cattle prod. He was gagged after being forced
to eat glass and having a broken beer bottle shoved down his throat and
his mouth taped shut. The two men took turns bashing Guest in the head
and electrocuting him with the electric prod.
then used an an industrial stapler to attach wood to his ears and
finally glued his eyes shut. When Brasure and Davis had all the "fun"
with Guest that they could, they shoved him into a van and drove to a
Ventura County campground. It was there that they removed the still
bound Guest, threw him on the ground, doused him in gasoline and set him
on fire, leaving him to burn to death. The coroner testified at the
trial that Guest probably lived several hours in agony most of us would
never even dare to imagine.
Evidence was found at the
scene of the crime which led police to Brasure and Davis. Brasure was
sentenced to death for the crime, despite making death threats to five
witnesses who testified against him. Davis was let off with a life
It was never known why the men targeted
Guest or how they knew him. But their sadistic slaying was, in the words
of the prosecutor, "the worst he had ever seen."
Anthony Guest was a former child actor, but not very well known. You
won't find anything about him online. The fact is that he was only 20
years old at the time of his murder.
There are no
memorials to him. Nothing in the database regarding his life as an
actor. He bore no relation to actors Christopher or Nicholas Guest. But
he was still a person; a human being. And he died in the most horrific
way a person can die. Ever burn your finger on the stove? Imagine
already being in a state of agony due to diabolical torture and being
burned to death; having that sensation that you get when your scorch
your finger run all over your body. And dying in slow agony. And no one
remembers you or who you were except your family.
Spencer Brasure, however, has many champions to fight his cause. Many
people who "feel sorry" for this creature who inflicted unimaginable
torture on this 20 year old boy. And he's seeking pen pals from the
Want to write to him? Visit the web
site and look him up. Drop him a line or two. I'm sure he'll be happy to
hear from someone. Or better yet, send some money to the web site that
gives people like Brasure an audience.
Court upholds conviction in '96
Saturday, February 9,
The state's highest court has
upheld the conviction and death sentence of Spencer
Rawlins Brasure, who kidnapped, tortured and
murdered a Redondo Beach man at a Ventura County
campground in 1996.
Anthony Guest, 20, was set on
fire after being tortured. His body was found Sept.
13, 1996, at a campground in the Hungry Valley State
Vehicular Recreation Area near Gorman in Ventura
Brasure, of Hawthorne, was tried,
convicted and sentenced in 1998 in Ventura County
Superior Court. The California Supreme Court upheld
the conviction this week.
"We find no prejudicial error
affecting the defendant's conviction or death
sentence," the high court ruled. Brasure had cited
16 errors he said occurred at his trial, including
allegations that crime scene and autopsy photographs
deprived him of a fair trial, and that the state's
death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution.
Executions in California and
other states done by lethal injection are on hold
until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the method's