I really don't like pain. My near death experience was peaceful - no pain. But, I love life, which can be painted with a broad stroke of the brush or with a fine pointed round brush as far as pain goes. Inflicted torture, be it physiological or psychological, as a tool for intelligence, quirky psychological causes, or hedonistic desires I at least can acknowledge and understand, yet not necessarily condone.
It is the pain, which is consequential, in everyday life that burdens me. When the sharpness of a child's tongue with a playmate causes tears, I feel the tears. Yet, with maturity we develop defense mechanisms for these acts of pain, well, for most instances.
C.S. Lewis discussed pain with his book "The Problem with Pain" of experienced loss. Well, I better stop or I will get the hub warning, but summing up murder - worse than torture? Morally - Yes, as far as compared to the pain of torture, I don't know yet, since the near death experience can be explained by misfiring neural networks.