There will be numerous appeals over a span of years serving to remind the victim's loved ones of their
initial desire for retribution with the the attached presumption this sentiment has never waned.
Confusion and frustration follow as the adjacent victims experience internal conflict as they believe
their own belief is that a sense of closure is dependent upon the killer being killed.
Immediately following the murder of a loved-one the desire for retribution is virtually universal. At this
point the execution of a murderer is a notion with much appeal. The Death Penalty is then 'sold'...
and 'perceived', as the ultimate form of justice...
The satisfaction experienced through retribution is invariably short-lived and serves
no enduring positive benefit. The adjacent victims who truly heal would not cite
retribution as the primary factor in the process of spiritual convalescence. The
individual who has begun a healing process transcending the singular dimension of
revenge may yet be vulnerable to a gravitational pull in this direction every time
another legal appeal results in postponement of execution. There is to be more
waiting for the application of a justice perhaps only hoped to equate in relief.
Little thought is given to the fact it will be a prolonged period of time before 'closure'
by means of capital punishment will be realized.
Perhaps it is that capital punishment is an ineffective application of justice- if only for the reason it
caters to the killer. Death as a consequence?...The condemned has already demonstrated blatant
disregard for the sanctity of life; it seems likely the condemned views their own life similarly while
often simultaneously fearing death for them self...
The condemned may claim remorse and/or appeal for leniency but this is likely a plea echoing from
the void within from which no discernible courage/character can be detected. Rare is the case the
killer says/does anything in which the grieving can find lasting solace. There may exist a
subconscious fear the killer may sense that their own execution somehow atones for the life/lives
Over time the passion for retribution inevitably fades as it is a toxic sentiment that
brutally erodes the human soul. Along the path of recovery the family and friends of
the victim eventually progress well beyond the point of being consumed by revenge,
In the United States capital punishment is administered in a fashion consistent with
the procedures to virtually eliminate the execution of an innocent person. As a result
capital punishment indeed functions as 'cruel and unusual punishment' not so much
for the condemned killer (who can expect 20-plus years of living), but for the family
and loved ones of the victim who now can expect 20-plus years of appeals and a
plaguing sense of 'justice delayed'.
Waiting and waiting...anticipating a 'just' penalty will bring a sense of closure that may only be
anticipated rather then ever realized.
As adjacent victims are forced to integrate a multitude of emotions
and issues, the very individual who made this necessary is isolated
from the collective scorn of society in an environment where all basic
needs are met. The condemned is then afforded 20-plus years to
become psychologically adjusted to the notion of a painless death immediately
followed by removal from the constraints of prison- far in advance of that which
would be otherwise just. Throughout the process virtually nothing is expected of,
or from, the condemned perpetrator.
Just who’s being punished?
But, this is Capital Punishment...
As adjacent victims are forced to integrate a multitude of emotions and issues, the very individual who made this necessary is isolated from the collective scorn of society in an environment where all basic needs are met...