Convicted Townsend Triple Murderer Daniel LaPlante Suing Prison For Special Cakes To Practice Made Up Religion

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Fitchburg SentinelA convicted triple murderer from Townsend who is suing the state Department of Correction alleges he has had to “modify and violate his beliefs” because he cannot practice his Wiccan faith as required.

Daniel Laplante was 18 when he was convicted of first-degree murder in the Dec. 1, 1987, murder of Priscilla Gustafson, 33, and children, Abigail, 7, and William, 5, in their Townsend home.

Laplante, an inmate at MCI-Norfolk, first sued the DOC and superintendent Gary Roden in U.S. District Court in March 2013. LaPlante, who is representing himself, wrote that he hasn’t been able to obtain some items, such as specific ritual oils, herbs, teas, medallions, fruits and nuts, and a variety of cakes for his faith. He also alleges he has been denied the ability to exercise his faith in a “time, place and manner” his Wicca faith requires.

Wicca is the name of the contemporary neo-pagan religion with a positive view of nature and an emphasis on personal experience and tolerance of other paths, LaPlante wrote in the lawsuit. In January, carrot cake with frosting is required, and in February, chocolate cake with frosting is a must; however, LaPlante is asking the defendants to use a less liberal interpretation of the term “cake.”


Hey dooshnozzle, you wanna exercise your made up religion how you wanna exercise it? Cool. Don’t kill women and children. Pretty simple solution. When you kill women and children you don’t get to have your cake and put it on your nipples too.

And another thing, since when do convicted murderers get to sue? Like, when I read that last sentence that he’s “asking the defendants” for more cake, who are the defendants? The prison? Why is the prison on trial here? Look, you get one attorney that advocates for you when you kill women and children, and quite frankly that’s a pretty sweet deal for you.

This guy is just another Massachusetts prisoner who’s being enabled by our moronic courts. In Massachusetts we simply must respect other’s differences no matter how idiotic they are, in the name of “tolerance.” Instead of laughing at these nudniks like we should we give them taxpayer financed attorneys and we let them sue if they feel like turning themselves into a woman or making up a religion.

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Oh yea, more good news. This idiot will probably get out of jail early despite getting three life sentences because the Massachusetts State Supreme Court said that life sentences for dangerous juveniles were unconstitutional mean.


These people should be brought into court under the auspices that they’re gonna be taken seriously. Then as soon as they walk in everyone should pelt him with tomatoes and point and laugh at him. You want some carrot cake frosting in January? That’s nice. Everyone in court gets a free piece of carrot cake to eat in front of you. If you don’t like it you get to throw it at him. Seems like some solid Al Dente-style justice to me.

I’m all for freedom of religion in prison, but you can’t just make up your own religion and demand shit. Sorry. This is like a Chinese buffet. You get to pick from six items. Take it or leave it. Buddhism, Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam. Those are your choice. And if you pick Islam you get what you get. No maps on the wall pointing towards Mecca or anything like that. Making up religions like this is like going to the Super Chinese Buffet and demanding that they serve you pepperoni pizza. Get out of my face with that jive.

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9 Comment(s)
  • Charles Barnes
    July 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I am all for bringing back PUBLIC executions, enforce laws diligently and publicly! An eye for an eye ! Enough of political correctness it has brought society to a pathetic place….peoples should fear the hand of the law. Any sentence that is 30 + years is a auto death sentence !

  • Doc
    February 20, 2017 at 2:49 am

    “I’m all for freedom of religion in prison, but you can’t just make up your own religion and demand shit. Sorry. This is like a Chinese buffet. You get to pick from six items. Take it or leave it. Buddhism, Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam. Those are your choice.” so…you get to pick the religions that are real…Wicca existed thousands of years be the Abrahamic religions…

    now, dont get me wrong, this guy should have been drug out back and shot but he does not represnt other followers of any religion…(which has nothing to do with you insulting millions of followers of any religion)

  • Jolie
    February 14, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Let laplante out. I will be right there at the prison to slice him up with razor blades then pour alcohol all over him.

    • Doc
      February 20, 2017 at 2:53 am

      stupid hyperbole

  • November 14, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I don’t know any Wiccans who need a different kind of cake for each month to practice their religion. The rituals are often enhanced by the use of certain foods and drinks, specific herbs and such, but you don’t absolutely need them to practice Wicca, any more than you need an advent wreath with real candles, or burning incense, to celebrate Christmas. A good way to get this dismissed would be to do a little basic research on Wicca to show it’s a nuisance suit (yes, I know there was a Pagan pastor involved in that particular case, stirring things up, but that still doesn’t mean he spoke for the whole Pagan community).

    Also, I find the decision, by either the federal or state Supreme Courts, that juveniles can’t be sentenced to life without parole, very questionable. The idea that teens can drive cars, get married, and have babies, but they can’t make a reasoned decision whether or not to maim and kill until a magic switch flips in their brains on their 18th (or even 21st) birthdays and they’re suddenly adults, is junk science at its most ludicrous. Sure, there are kids who commit crimes (usually of pure impulse) and are too young, developmentally speaking, to understand the consequences of their actions. But this guy was 17 years old, one year shy of being old enough to vote, make legal contracts, and fight in the military. And become a serial killer. If you’re old enough to make elaborate plans to stalk families, terrorize them, and eventually kill one, you’re old enough for capital punishment, let alone life in prison with no parole, ever.

    If he really wants to practice his religion, he might start with a sincere apology to the family and friends of the woman and children he murdered for his own pleasure, instead of filing selfish nuisance suits to pass the time in prison. After all, the rape and murders he committed blatantly violate the most central tenet of Wicca, which is to do no harm to others. As long as he’s not stepping up to the plate and accepting responsibility for what he did, he’s not right with his adopted faith, anyway.

  • Jasmine
    November 13, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Wicca is NOT a “made up religion.” I have been practicing Wicca for 8 years. While it is a peaceful religion, he committed those murders in the 80’s. Wicca was not common back then, and certainly not in a small town like Townsend. He must have converted to Wicca while in prison.

  • LMH
    November 11, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    No way in hell he’s a Wiccan, either. Wicca is a peaceful religion and no Wiccan would EVER harm a child. None of the things he’s asking for are used in Wicca.

  • Wabbitt
    December 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    My religion requires me to have real crab legs. Not that imitation shit.

  • Joey G
    December 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Sounds just as ridiculous and as made up as any other religion at the buffet.

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