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Death Penalty . A few reasons it is popular in the United States.

Updated on March 16, 2012

Death Penalty All of my published opinions on the Death Penalty have to date reflected the view of Abolitionist.

In other words I strongly disagree with the Death Penalty used in any context.

If my view on this issue were widely held it would be easy for any legislature to abolish the practice, once and for all.

The practice could be eliminated from every country on this planet. In the interim It appears theInstitute agrees. I cannot do that all I can do is write article on theinternet about the topic and hopefully one day with enough community pressure the death penalty will indeed be taken off all statute books as a penalty option.

“Who speaks for the victims of those we execute?”

“All over the country, news stories bemoan and hype the countdown to execution number 1,000. But where are the stories regarding the ripple effects of the heinous crimes that these murderers were executed for committing?”

“Who is counting the victims?”
“A conservative estimate puts the number of victims of these 1,000 murderers at 1,895. Why do we hear so much about the killers? Yet so little about the victims. As well as loved ones, who are left behind to pick up the pieces?
A small sampling of case histories will leave readers shaken.”

Melvin and Linda Lorenz, and their son Richard were killed by Roger Stafford. Melvin stopped on a highway near Purcell, Okla., to help what he thought was a woman whose car had broken down, but instead was ambushed by Stafford and his brother, using Stafford's wife as bait. Less than a month after these horrific murders, the trio killed six employees of a steak house in Oklahoma City.

If we take a say a sometimes quoted religious position of of the Death Penalty often quoted. Lex Talinos the concept of an ‘Eye for an Eye’ or ‘Tooth for a Tooth’ .The death penalty may be seen to be justified- given that many of the number of gruesome multiple murders that are committed. We can easily i predict that the victim of the murderer will have suffered probable a far more horrific death that that will be imposed by the Death Penalty adminstered in a sterile and calculated prison environment and having it administered by lethal injection. The sedative given if administered correctly will all but eliminate any real and lengthy suffering that probably the victim was subjected to by the perpetrator. However the really is quite different. I will elaborate on this in future posts.


A New York truck driver, who spent nearly 19 years in prison for murder, was released on April 28, after testing of DNA found in the victim's clothing excluded him as the killer. Frank Sterling, now 46, was convicted of the 1988 murder of Viola Manville after he confessed to the crime during an all-night interrogation. He later recanted this confession, claiming he had slipped into an hypnotic state during the lengthy questioning and parroted details given to him about the crime. The DNA test pointed to another man, Mark Christie, as the killer. Christie, who is serving a sentence for strangling a 4-year-old in 1994, confessed to the murder earlier this month. He had been questioned about Manville's killing in 1988 but was discounted as a suspect after he denied involvement. (Sterling was convicted in 1992, shortly before New York adopted the death penalty in 1995. The state abandoned capital punishment again in 2007.)


The retentionists argue that the death penalty id fair because for instance we are quick to put down a dog who bites a child or old person. Similarly the retentionists argue that putting to death serial killers and the like mean that they can be put out of action and no longer pose any threat to society. Nor do we have to waste any more material resources on them. Similarly retentionists argue far from being painful and full of dread the death penalty is quick and simple and far more humane than keeping someone against their will cooked up in a prison for the rest of their lives.


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    • stanwshura profile image


      7 years ago

      Saddlerider, you write "any man or woman who plans and carries out cold-blooded, planned murders should be executed for their crimes".

      Then you agree that executioners need to be snuffed out as well? Otherwise the argument is a hypocrisy as bad and stinkingly foul as the death "penalty" itself.

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      8 years ago

      Any man or woman who plans and carries out cold blooded, planned murders should be executed for their crimes. Why should justice be served with life sentences behind bars. It's an insult to the many victims left behind. Why should the country imprison and feed and spend taxpayers money to keep COLD BLOODED KILLERS ALIVE? makes no sense at all. How many people would feel this way about abolotion if they were the victims of a murdered husband, wife, child, brother, sister. I respect your opinion but I don't agree at all and that's my stand. Incarceration of these monsters is an easy way out, it will just encourage continued killings, as they know they will only serve time and in many prisons built today, they are living better there than in the streets with 3 square meals a day, showers, t.v., video games, pool, drugs, booze, smokes the list goes on and on.

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Capital punishment is unwise, ineffective, inhumane, counterproductive, cruel and wrong. No further discussion is required.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      tonymac no problem go ahead !

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for an interesting Hub on this perennially contentious subject. Like you, I am an abolitionist and have also written a Hub on this subject. I would like to link yours to mine, I hope you don't mind.

      Love and peace


    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      thanks prettydarkhorse !

    • valeriebelew profile image


      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      I oppose the death penalty for two main reasons. One is that too many mistakes can be made, even with testing DNA. You may feel that one mistake is not so bad a thing, but you'd feel differently if the one person accused, found guilty, and put to death happened to be you.

      The other problem is that someone has to kill these criminals, and how healthy is that for whomever is doing the killing? Anyone who has a job killing people, has to be effected by doing it. We don't need for the law to get just as sick as the crooks. We need to let the criminals be the killers, not the law. Revenge and hatred are not healthy, even if the crime was so sick it invites both. I don't want to be filled with hate, even if I have a good reason to be. Our governments need to be on the side of order, not violence.

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      8 years ago from US

      they are suffering the many loved ones of those who are victims, but for those who are meted the death penalty, they are already dead. I opposed death penalty, it never deter heinous crime. Congrats on your series of death penalty, take care, maita

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      American Romance you advpcate the death penalty for child sex offences too ?

    • msorensson profile image


      8 years ago

      I am not in favor of the death penalty. Isolation in my opinion is a greater punishment than death.

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      Seth Tomko 

      8 years ago from Macon, GA

      Debate about the death penalty aside I do commend your willingness to at least put forth both sides of the issue even if ultimately disagree with it. As the kids are saying, "you get mad props for that, yo."

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      American Romance 

      8 years ago from America

      Dont forget we save multiple thousands in keeping these parasites from living in prisons with possibilities of parol, and possible escape, and of course more appeals, we need the death penality used more for child molestors, murderers ect. What about the true victims, they need closure and the peace to sleep at night! People who recieve the death penality are not human, they are vicious animals and need to be put to sleep just like an attacking animal!


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