death penalty has consistently been a bone of contention between those
who believe it's absolutely appropriate in some cases and those who
believe it should be abolished.
death penalty is applied to individuals for which their crimes are so
heinous and savage the only punishment should be death. Individuals
sentenced to the death penalty are the worst breed of killers who don't
deserve to take another breath on this earth.
William Petit and his wife lived in a very nice house in a very nice
neighborhood in 2007. Then one day evil came to town and one of the
most horrific home invasions I've ever read about. One of the two animals
raped 11-year-old daughter Michaela. That savage actually recorded raping
that child on his cell phone.
then egged on his partner in crime to rape the mother, Jennifer, which
Hayes did and then strangled her to death. Both Michaela and her 17-year
old sister, Haley, also raped, were doused with gasoline and set on
fire while the cops diddled around outside for more than an hour. The
girls died from smoke inhalation. Can you imagine their terror?
Petit was beaten within an inch of his life but managed to finally escape
to go next door for help. Both Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky
were sentenced to death. Earlier this year the State of Connecticut
spared their lives claiming the death penalty violated the state constitution.
and Komisarjevsky are animals without a conscience. They don't deserve
to take another breath. There is no doubt about their guilt. None. They
are the worst of the worst animals walking this earth. Instead of paying
the right price for their evil, both will get three hots and a cot for
the rest of their lives.
31, 2016, Darrell A. Reynolds beat his four year old daughter to death
with a belt so many times he lost count. That precious child's 'mother'
told police the physical abuse had been going on for two years. The
'mother' is facing charges of child endangerment. Reynolds faces 60
years in prison in Illinois. No. He should be put to death. Reynolds
confessed so there is no doubt about his guilt.
Anthony Clever, age 28 residing in California cut out his girlfriend's
heart and lung while she was still alive and then killed her. There
were two horrified eye witnesses to his heinous crime who fled to police.
Clever faces life in prison without parole. No. There's no doubt as
to Clever's guilt in this case if you read what actually happened. He
doesn't deserve to take one more breath on this earth never mind 60
years of three hot meals a day and a warm place to sleep. There is NO
justification or excuse for his crime. NONE.
Willis Pickering, 36, stabbed his six year old daughter in the heart.
That precious child was in a foster home when he abducted her. The mother
had left Pickering to escape abuse in Florida. The little girl was doing
well while the mother was working through the system to get custody.
Pickering being smarter than everyone else left little Lila's lifeless
body in his car; too bad for Pickering a couple of park rangers found
him. Pickering had parked alongside the road on Blue Ridge Parkway.
There's no question of guilt here. Pickering should be executed.
Earl Sanders confessed last month to stabbing two Catholic nuns to death
in Mississippi. He did not give a reason for taking the lives of two
innocent women but he did steal their car. Sanders is a career criminal
who spent lengthy sentences in prisons. Sanders needs to be executed
and hopefully a jury will do just that. What Sanders did was heinous,
he knew what he was doing; there is no doubt about his guilt.
Patrick Wozniak, 32, was sentenced last week to death. Wozniak murdered
two people. Samuel Herr of Costa Mesa, California, only 26-years old,
had saved $62,000 from his Army service in Afghanistan. Wozniak killed
and dismembered Herr, dumped his head and body parts in a local park
then killed Herr's friend, Julie Kibuishi, in an effort to throw police
off. Why did he commit such a savage crime? Wozniak was broke in 2010,
had no job, was about to get evicted but was getting married and needed
money Wozniak took two innocent lives and received the death penalty
because there is no doubt about his guilt. Police obtained the gun and
Wozniak confessed. It's likely he will spend the next 25 years getting
three hots and a cot because California is still in legal entanglements
over the death penalty. California hasn't executed any animals since
2006. Death row out there has 750 'residents'.
I am fully aware that DNA evidence has exonerated many on death row
for crimes they did not commit and I applaud those defense attorneys
who have been successful getting the innocent released. However, we're
not talking about circumstantial evidence here. My personal belief is
that if there is any doubt because of lack of DNA or any other provable
evidence the death penalty should not be the punishment.
circumstantial evidence for death penalty cases. Yes, strong circumstantial
cases allows a jury to connect the dots, but because there's no going
back too many innocent individuals have been executed on death row.
That is a fact. I have no problem with mandatory life without parole
for those types of cases.
have made mistakes and thankfully, but only after heroic efforts
by appellate attorneys were the innocent released. I believe there
are many more in prisons where juries wrongfully convicted for
many reasons. Getting a new trial is close to being impossible
when the killer confesses or as in the case of
the father caught with his daughter's dead body in his
car if the sentence is death they should be executed
in 30 days. No more endless appeals that take decades in some
states. Special judges should be appointed to deal with one appeal
and that's it. A confession - unless it can be solidly proven
to have been coerced - or the killer is found with the body and
there's no question he/she is the killer, they should die. The
cases above are a drop in the bucket. I covered so many in my
Fields three columns. This country is dripping in the blood
of the main arguments is the death penalty is so costly vs housing
these animals for 50 or 60 years. We're not talking about money
here. We're talking about deterrence which means nothing
to killers unless the death penalty is carried out swiftly.
Then some of them might reconsider committing such heinous crimes.
If future killers know they will die in 30 days after conviction
I believe at least some of them would not carry through with their
the way it used to be. Not long ago I was watching a program in
the ID channel; Investigative Discovery. The show covered a man
and woman who murdered six year old Bobby Greenlease for $600,000
in ransom money which the parents paid. That little boy was kidnapped
on September 28, 1953. There was no question about their guilt
as the man was found with the marked bills and both confessed.
Little Bobby's body was found in a shallow grave in the woman's
back yard. Both killers died together in a gas chamber on December
one of them deserved to take another breath on this earth. They
wantonly took the life of a couple's only child, a little boy,
for financial gain. Less than three months and they paid the price
for their crime. Not 20 years or longer through endless appeals
that would not have changed their guilt. That
is not justice for the families or society.
been a lot in the media the past year or two about states running
out of deadly cocktails to conduct an execution. If you read Truman
Capote's chilling book, In Cold Blood, about a quadruple murder
spree committed by two drifters, both were hung. One confessed
and eventually both Smith and Hickkock were convicted. After what
they did and the cases cited above, it was not cruel and unusual
punishment. The victims are the ones who suffered immense cruelty.
Those animals committed the murders in November 1959 and were
executed on April 14, 1965. Too long. No question of guilt.
2015 Utah signed a bill into law allowing execution by firing
squad if no lethal cocktails are available. Animals given the
death penalty should be given a choice: We hang you or death by
a firing squad. Both are quick unlike the horror visited by you
on your victims. Take your choice but you will die in 30 days
unless your one appeal is successful.
state of the Union has the right to determine whether their legal
system should have the death penalty. If they do, I believe reform
is necessary not only protect the innocent but carry out swift
justice that will be a deterrent instead of killers knowing they
will get free meals and a warm place to live for decades while
their victims lie in a cold grave.
depending on how many death penalty cases they average, can appoint
a special judge(s) who does nothing but review the cases once
and that's it. If the death penalty is only applied to those who
confess or are found with the dead victim as I wrote above it
will cut down the load on courts. If I served in a state legislature
I would pursue this vigorously. There is such incredible evil
in this country and the only way to try to stop it is swift justice.
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