Reading some of the comments about the people against it, I get it. And I respect anyones opinion on most issues, if its well thought out. Sometimes a good debate will change my views, for example.
In terms of the death penalty, I think what some people dont get, is that you have to really do something "special" to rate "special circumstances" in your judgement. Hardly any murderer actually gets the death penalty. There are people who have killed, done their time, got out and killed again, just went back for more time. So there has to be more to it.
As mentioned above, bittaker...he and his partner kidnapped, raped and murdered several young women...the youngest i believe was about 13 years old. That wasnt enough....they made tapes of themselves, raping and torturing these girls for several hours...while mutilating them with plyers. Tearing pieces of them off, and laughing at their screams. Bittaker later become a celebrity to the sick...signs autographs with a nickname he gave himself..never showed any remorse.
Best yet, he and guys like him are always in protective custody.
Yeah, sorry. Either kill that F*cker or throw him in gen pop.
There was an infamous murder back in the 90s (to mention 1). Gang homicides dont ever really make the news in such a way that the general public notices....whereas some of you mentioned rich vs poor, this goes for the victims as well.
The mexican mafia has a lifetime membership. You dont get to leave.
2 drop outs were spotted by a current member. He gave orders to a young mafioso to take care of it...young mafioso gives orders to a few 20 something year olds to get rid of these rankers, and dont leave any witnesses.
So these guys go to this shitty home in el monte, killed the two ex "brothers". They then kill the entire family....including a 7 month old baby, which they shot in back of the head. (Killed a 7 year old as well). Booking photo for the gangster who pulled the trigger, hes smiling. (He didnt get PC. Mafia killed him first week in the pen...they said because he went overboard, but it was more that the killings brought a lot of unwanted attention to the organization).
The mastermind of it is in PC. Protected from the other people like him.
You have gangsters who kill. Again, they get caught and do their time. Theres thousands of these guys in california alone. Comes with the territory.
Then there are the ones who stand out. One of the more recent is a guy named Timothy McGhee. Heres a guy convicted of like 13 homicides, over several years. One of his victims was a random college kid, painting on a canvas in broad daylight. McGhee decided he had to go.
Hes assaulted several COs since locked up....think he regrets anything?
There was a dude named "Evil" back in the 90s, southeast LAPD. From by far and away one of the most notorious gangs no one here has ever heard of. Pound for pound way worse than MS13 in LA.
Same thing for evil...killed like 13 people, had a hand in 20 total. He actually won his appeal, beat death row. Convicted in 1997, out in 2011....thats like a year per murder. (Keep in mind you dont always kill who you shoot...how many others did he shot that lived? Shot at and missed? Robbed? Beat? Etc etc.)
What about a guy like richard ramirez. How many homes did he break into, rape, torture then kill? Then laughed at the trial.
What about the vegas shooter? What if he lived?
Again. Very few people are sentenced to death. There are those who forfeit the right to live.