By Marc Klaas
10. He wants life without the possibility of parole. That is not punishment, it is a gift.
9. Polly’s killer does not understand the value of life and nothing drives that lesson home more profoundly than the loss of life. Only when he faces his own mortality will the killer comprehend this fundamental truth. I suspect he will receive enlightenment as he takes the dead man’s walk to the his own execution.
8. This came from Hell and the sooner it is returned to Hell the better off we will all be.
7. If he gets his wish, the crime will never end. By his own admission, he will "Masturbate twice daily and think of tying up female victims of past crimes." The killer will continually victimize Polly until the day he dies. This is not fair. She deserves peace.
6. Life without the possibility of parole does not necessarily mean that the killer will never be released from prison. Should the political climate or prison policy change in the future, he could very well be released back into society to re-commit yet again.
5. By giving Polly’s killer life in prison for taking Polly’s life, we are giving him a power usually reserved for God: The power over life and death. Thus, we admit that Polly’s killer is more powerful than we are.
4. If condemning Polly’s killer to death is beneath the morals and standards of civilized society and is considered barbaric, why do we send innocent young men overseas to die in war for the freedom of foreign lands? Why is America the biggest arms dealer in the world? Why is research into nuclear weapons still allowed?
3. In a just society the punishment must fit the crime.
2. The death penalty is a deterrent. Bundy, Dahmer & Gacy will never victimize again, for they have been deterred.
1. Two words: Richard Speck.
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