Thursday, May 12, 2005

How About Some Anger?

Well guess what, he did it.

Confessed to the crime.

And with a long history of violence.

What a surprise.
WAUKEGAN, Ill. - The man accused of stabbing to death his 8-year-old daughter and her best friend hunted his child down in a park in a fit of rage because she was supposed to be grounded for stealing money, prosecutors said Wednesday.

They had more than 30 stab wounds between them, and Laura was stabbed in each eye, prosecutors said.

"You can see through the injuries to these two individuals the rage that was exhibited. This was a slaughter of two little girls," prosecutor Jeff Pavletic said.
So, anyone think he shouldn't get the death penalty, asap?

There's no doubt about guilt.


And he's not insane.

What possible argument can be mounted in defense of the life of this predatory monster in human form?

That to terminate him makes us "just as bad"?

Such an argument equates his death with that of two innocent little girls.

To that line of reasoning, survey said...BZZZZZZZ!!!

Even if he were a good man, if you had to choose -- were forced to choose -- if he should die or the 2 girls, simple utilitarian arguments argue decisively for the former.

Sorry, the "just as bad" line is morally vacuous.

Some might say it's no deterrent.

Ha. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, I don't really care. But it surely doesn't make murder more likely, does it?

But consider this deterrent effect: we need a penalty worse than life in prison, otherwise, hardened criminals facing life sentences if caught suddenly have a perverse incentive to KILL everyone they come in contact with when trying to escape: all the witnesses, all the police, etc., because it can't get any worse for them, can it, if there's no higher penalty? Since the pool of people committing possible death-penalty crimes is smaller, obviously, than those at the life sentence level, we reduce the numbers of those with an incentive to kill all the witnesses.

But again, I don't care about that, really.

Some will also argue that killing him "won't bring the dead back."

No it won't, but it honors them.

It shows we valued their innocent lives, and what they lost.

The point is this.

Consider what was taken away from those girls. How much potential? How much joy?

It is morally repugnant to me that this monster, having done that, ever be allowed to experience in the future a single moment of contentment or joy, given how he irrevocably took all such future moments from his victims before their time.

And life in prison allows the possibility of such moments, however fleeting.

Some make the really stupid argument that "life in prison is worse than death."

Talk about speaking without thinking! Ok, let's test that assertion. I'm about to shoot you in the head. Shall I do so? Would you like me to? Or would you rather go to prison for life? Your choice, I'm about to pull the trigger. Which is it?


Prison can actually be not so bad. Consider Richard Speck, mass murderer and serial killer of women. He got a life term. It turned out, conditions were so lax at his prison, that he was able to have unsupervised time, was able to get cocaine, was able to get hormones to grow breasts and become his buddy's bitch, and was able to enjoy many a wild orgy. We know all this because the videotapes he and the other inmates made for their amusement were found after his eventual death in prison.

And you know what? Even if it doesn't bring back the dead, maybe it makes the family of the innocent victims feel better. So why not do so?

Revenge? Retribution?


Simple justice.

There is not one single rational reason for keeping such evil alive.

It is in fact dangerous to do so for practical reasons, as well as immoral to do so, for it discounts the gravity of the loss of life of the victims.

"It was a brutal beating, repeated punching of the two little girls and then repeated stabs. It's pretty horrible," State's Attorney Michael Waller said.
Down the street, outside Krystal Tobias' home, there was makeshift memorials of flowers and teddy bears on a path leading up to house.
You know what?

I'm tired of "makeshift memorials."

They are empty gestures.

They are statements without real action.

How about instead of teddy bears, we have a community demanding a confessed multiple child killer be executed at dawn, and not 20 years and millions of taxpayer dollars later?

How about a little anger?

Or is that an emotion that's not allowed any more in our castrated, infantalized, sensitive new-age PC society?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you. Get rid of him. He's using up precious oxygen, and shouldn't be let to enjoy one more breath.

-Mlle. T.

4:02 PM, May 12, 2005  

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