TO: The Vengeful
FROM: Bill Swart
RE: Capital Punishment
BEING A VINDICTIVE SORT, I DO NOT FAVOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.
What, you say, if a man did a great evil, suppose murder, to one of my
loved ones, wouldnít I wish him dead? Of course I would. I would like
to watch his face as he is strapped into the chair, and I would like to
see terror in his eyes. Indeed, I would like to watch his face as he
observed me reach slowly for the switch to fry him. I would like to see
his body convulse, and even to see a plume of smoke flow from the skull
But then what? I watched him suffer. I watched him convulse. Then he
went limp, and his suffering was done. But Iíll go home to suffer, for
the rest of my days. He took from me a loved one. All I took was his
No, donít kill him. Let him live to 110 -- in a cage. I will suffer my
loss every day for as long as I live. Let him suffer for what he took
from me. Let him think every day of how sweet it would be to stroll
down the street on a hot Saturday afternoon, to kick tires on a new car,
then stop for a cold beer, and to unfasten a bra strap that evening.
Iím vindictive. I want him to suffer for as least as
long as I do.
It is essential to my vindictive position that he must be denied hope.
Yes, where-thereís-life-thereís-hope. But ďLife Without ParoleĒ comes
close enough to denial of that hope to satisfy my lust for vengeance.
Might he, though, eventually adjust to prison life to the extent that
his suffering subsides, and he finds some degree of contentment behind
bars? Maybe. But as long as he can remember, and can envision the
sweet perks of freedom, he will suffer. And, being a vindictive sort,
thatís what I want.
Oh, yes, if one day he should be found innocent of the crime, we can
turn him loose. There is also that to say for Life Without Parole.