People will never cease to amaze me in their stupidity. To feel you wouldn't get caught then say it isn't FAIR that you did? Really? (It seems I've said that word alot today in relation to various hubs and forum discussions-what does THAT say? LOL)
Murdering is not honorable. Skipping a prison sentence is not honorable. As I read the article I got a distinct sense that his issue was not remorse for the murder he committed, it was for being caught, not once, but twice. If he had remorse, he would try to heal the wounds of the family he victimized, and apologize. However, he has no intention of meeting with any family members, because he's mad he got caught. And, he COULDN'T REMEMBER THE NAME OF HIS VICTIM???? Wow. Model citizen, all right. NOT.
I think that says it all. He's not a reformed ciminal. He sounds more like a sociopath who, once caught, decided he couldn't get caught again, so he faked a "good" life. That's all. No remorse = criminal.
I think the important thing to notice is: He served his prison sentence. Sure he skipped out on Parole - how serious of a crime is that? Then he lived his life as a model citizen. Does that really deserve punishment?
Other important factors: he threatened the judge, jury, and courtroom in general. He doesn't remember the name of the man he murdered (how important is that fact?) He has used more than one alias. Is he really that trustworthy?
I did go to the article and read it. I was struck by the fact that as a youth he was discharged from the Navy for mental issues.
Now, at age 79 he still identifies with three different identities? And the one that committed the murder ("not me") is almost treated like a joke? Someone who receives a birthday card every year?
Definitely sounds to me more like a sociopath than a reformed criminal. But at the same time, the punishment (or reformation?) should fit the crime. Since the current crime is parole violation, the punishment should fit that crime.
He appropriated for himself a gift that thousands of murderers would love to have - decades of a decent life outside of prison. But the family whose relative was shot six times (for what reason???) will never receive their loved one back.
It's definitely complex - a lot of good points on both sides, even though I do tend to lean towards agreement with returning him to prison or finding some other significant solution that gives closure to the family and to society for the heinous act he committed as a youth.
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