Friday, 1 October 2021

A Case FOR the Death Penalty?

 

I am not pro the death penalty, but there are certain crimes so vile that the perpetrator should willingly accept to surrender his or her life.

The very idea that a Police Officer should ostensibly arrest someone, put them in handcuffs, then drive them 50 miles only to be raped and murdered, is beyond imagination. Such pre-meditated evil should be given the ultimate of sentences, and should be accepted by the guilty party.

This is not a demand to bring back the noose, as crimes such as the above are rare, but just occasionally such people as Wayne Couzens, who murdered 33 year old Sarah Everard, should be 'dispatched' as quickly as possible; and spoken of no more!

Couzens has now been sentenced, and will spend his whole life in prison; no question of parole.

I will not even show his image.

17 comments:

  1. I feel certain this was not his first and other unsolved murders will now be investigated. The planning, including the hire car, is almost beyond comprehension.

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    1. I read in today's paper that the police will investigate other murders. Couzens has nothing to lose by being co-operative.

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    2. He failed in the body disposal and he appears to have overlooked CCTV upon which he was captured several times. His apprehension was relatively easy. I wonder if he wanted to be caught.

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    3. It must be the case that certain 'mass murderers' don't fear being caught. They probably see the notoriety as part of the act.

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  2. What makes you think that policemen are better people than the ordinary ones? They rape , murder and commit violence. We all know that , but the strong community feeling makes it difficult to discover those crimes. The same for the church, the army etc. Concerning death penalty.It' s proved that it doesn't change any criminal behaviour. The one who décides to kill etc. will do it.

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    1. The Death Penalty is not a panacea to stop further murders, it would simply ensure that the vilest of our fellow men were no longer around. As for your opening sentence, most would agree that we need to have faith in our Police force; otherwise what would be their point?

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    2. Lou's first point is a pertinent one. Even policemen are "human", somewhere on a spectrum of the benign and the deranged.

      You, Cro, are right that we should trust (not so much have "faith" as you call it) all those who are supposed (job description) to "protect" us. In a case like the one you describe the general public's trust will be shaken, at least temporarily. That's a regrettable fallout. Still, let's remember apple carts and one swallow doesn't make a summer and all those comforting reminders and saying that, on the whole, the exception is NOT the rule.

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  3. Is the death penalty the ultimate punishment, Cro? I don't think so. Can you imagine being confined in prison for the rest of your life, in a cell, with all the time in the world to reflect on what a failure of a human being you turned out to be? It is, of course, oh the irony, why some try and take a short cut and end their lives themselves. Why do you think they take your belt and laces on incarceration? To NOT give you an easy way out. Not that I think it easy to take one's own life.

    Death penalty or not is one of those darned questions of ethics whichever way you look at it. Reminds me of the first REVENGE movie I saw back in the seventies. "The Bride wore black" (Francois Truffaut). Trust the French to go noir. Whilst I understand the bride's motive to go on the rampage I don't approve of it. It was an accident, after all, albeit a pretty stupid one. Anyway, she executed the death penalty x 5, by stealth as it were. I doubt it relieved her of her grief.

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    1. I think facing a similar end to your victims reflects the bible's 'an eye for an eye'. I am not proposing this for ALL murderers, but a small number are such monsters that "let's just get rid of them".

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    2. Death penalty also ensures taxpayers aren't paying for the 'food and lodgings' of prisoners for the rest of their lives. I do believe the death penalty is warranted in some cases.

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  4. I expect that, as an ex police officer, he is now ensured a very uncomfortable stay at Her Majesty's Pleasure.

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    1. He'll probably be given a private suite on a special wing for those who risk the wrath of other prisoners.

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  5. One thing to be said for the death penalty. It has a zero reoffending rate...

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    1. And it doesn't have to be paid for for decades.

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  6. Looking forward to your views on François Vérove.

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    1. Yes, another monster who also attacked and killed several very young girls. Had he not committed suicide, he would have been the perfect case for the guillotine.

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  7. I am wondering how he managed to become a police officer. Surely someone throughout his training periods must have noticed a tendency towards wrong behaviours?

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