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The Death Penalty, Yay Or Nay?

Thursday, February 21, 2008
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I’m a death penalty advocate. I am.

I’ve heard all the arguments against, but I just can’t help but think that some people should just be done away with.

Today, a man who was accused of killing five prostitutes, in December 2006, was found guilty on all counts:

A forklift truck driver has been convicted over the murder of five women in Ipswich.

Steve Wright was accused of strangling five prostitutes and then disposing of their bodies in the town’s outskirts.

The naked bodies of Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell were discovered over just 10 days.
On December 2, fisheries worker Trevor Saunders stumbled upon the body of 25-year-old Gemma Adams in a brook in Hintlesham.

“There was nothing odd about the body other than it was stripped. I noticed the hair, the earring and blood coming out of her nose.”

But Wright’s first victim was 19-year-old Tania Nichol, discovered in the same brook as Gemma, but in Copdock on December 8.

Over the next four days, police discovered three more bodies – Anneli Alderton and mothers Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell.

Three months pregnant, Anneli had been strangled, her body placed in the shape of a crucifix. Annette too was found with arms outstretched in the shape of a cross.

Wright denied the murders, but couldn’t explain why the DNA of all five of the prostitutes were found on his person:

Wright’s DNA, which had been placed on a database after an earlier conviction for theft, matched that found on three women. Blood from his final two victims was found on Wright’s reflective jacket. Fibres from his clothes, car and furniture were found on all five victims.

Wright told the court it was a coincidence that he sought the services of all the women in the order they disappeared, around the very night each vanished. That, argued Wright’s defence team, didn’t make him a killer.

The jury of nine men and three women disagreed.

With the overwhelming evidence, I’d say string the bastard up. What good is he alive?

It makes me so mad to think that he killed those women, but yet, he’ll get to live the rest of  his life in relative luxury. (The longer they serve here, the easier things are in prison).

I know that miscarriages of justice do happen, but there are some instances where there can be no doubt of guilt.

The other day I heard that a man had been convicted of raping and murdering his 7 week old baby. I can’t imagine what good such a man is alive. Anybody who can do that to a child, is truly beyond redemption, and deserves to die a really horrible painful death.

And no, I don’t believe that a life for a life makes us as bad as the perpetrators. I simply don’t.

And I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!

Karen, being both generous and clearly insane, has offered to continue hosting reviews by yours truly. {K: Hey, it saves me a job!} This one is an old book, but one that has a place of honor in my shelves and my heart. (The review is also posted here).

Silver Lining, by Maggie OsborneSilver Lining

Breaking with custom, I am not going to quote the back cover copy, because it misleads the reader into thinking that this is yet another syrupy and poorly written *gasp* romance novel *shudder* The horror!

I much prefer quoting this book description from Amazon:

When a group of grateful prospectors offers to give fellow prospector Low Down her “fondest wish” in return for her nursing them through a smallpox epidemic, they are stunned when she says she wants a baby. What she gets, however, is a husband she doesn’t want, a husband who doesn’t want her, and a family—and eventually a love—she never even dreamed of. Funny and touching, this riveting romance, in classic Osborne fashion, takes an outwardly independent but inwardly fragile heroine, pairs her with a hero smart enough to realize her worth, and lets them find each other despite a host of almost insurmountable obstacles. (more…)