Jake Evans, a 17-year-old teenage boy, murdered his mother and sister by firing multiple gunshots at home in Texas (Brown, 2012; Walsh, 2012). After this heinous act, he made a 911 call to inform the dispatcher what he had done with a calm voice. Evans’s cold-blood double homicide case led the media to depict him as an malevolent adolescent, even the judge hearing over Evans’s case refused to drop the capital murder charge against Evans (Winter, 2013). The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that individuals who are under the age of 18 at the time of their offense should not be sentenced to death or life without parole (Miller v. Alabama, 2012; Roper v. Simmons, 2005). Evans’s public defender requested to try the boy with murder instead of capital murder which has only two punitive sentencing outcomes in Texas--- life without parole and death penalty (Douglas, 2013).
Some of the female family members copied the act and shaved their heads while outside the courthouse during trial. January 25, 1971, Manson was convicted of first degree murder for masterminding the deaths of the Tate and LaBianca victims. He was sentenced to the gas chamber, this however became life in prison because California's Supreme Court overturned all death sentences before
The people will demand justice for what he or she has done (Bidinotto 19). Hanging and the electric chair are topics more reasonable to argue, but now because of lethal injection capital punishment has become more humane. The death penalty is not barbaric, the pain and agony that the victim went through is barbaric. Abolitionists were very upset in 1996 when rapist and murderer John Albert Taylor was executed by firing squad; they said his death was barbaric (Feder 32). Charla King, the poor 11-year-old girl he raped and strangled with a telephone cord, her death was barbaric!
Her murder was classified as an honour killing and her father faced minimal to no punishment. Women for Women International addresses the problem of honour killings and tries to educate people of the tragic issue through their website. Under the “Women in the World Today” link on the top of their homepage there is a column of issues, and you click on the issue of your interest. “Honor killing is a practice in which men kill female relatives for activities where the female dishonors the family reputation, including… rape. Thousands of girls and women all over the world are murdered by their families each year in the name of family honor…flirting, being a victim of rape, or even failing to serve a meal on time can all be perceived as disgracing the family's honor…women are killed on the basis of a mere suspicion and are never given an opportunity to contest…In one extreme case, a man's dream of his wife's adultery was enough to elicit lethal violence (WomenforWomen).” The organization was started in the early 1990’s by Zainab Salbi and Amjad Attallah who were moved by the plight of women in Yugoslavia that had been forced into and survived the rape and concentration camps.
He later stated that his mom “always wanted people to look up to her”. Kemper ended up killing six hitchhikers or college students from May 1972 to February 1973, all receiving the same acts. He was usually on the prowl after arguments with his mom, which might have been his motive to kill her too. In April 1973, while Kemper’s mother was sleeping, he beat her in the head with a pick hammer. Kemper then cut off her head and raped his mother’s body.
Honor Killings Human rights violations against women have, for too long, been denied the attention and concern of international organizations, national governments, traditional human rights groups and the press. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of girls and women around the world continue to endure debilitating and often fatal human rights abuses. These are only a few instances of abuse which occur every single day all around the world. Human rights violations against women must be documented, publicized and stopped. Brazil: A man who confessed to stabbing his wife and her lover to death is for the second time acquitted of murder by an all-male jury.
Enclosed in the letter was half of the kidney of Catherine Eddowes, a victim of Jack the Ripper. Jack in the letter tells Mr. Lusk that he fried up and ate the other half of the kidney. Jack signs the letter, “Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk.” However the police, at the time, thought the letter were pranks and were not taken seriously. Jack the Ripper is an unknown serial killer who was never caught and brought to justice after killing and disemboweling four young prostitutes. Even though there were over 300 suspects investigated the police had insufficient evidence to ever prove anyone guilty.
It is really too bad that if you have money you can get your way out of the death penalty, but money talks in this country. Yes, we should change this policy, but will it ever change? It will probably never change... ... middle of paper ... ...er happens. The death penalty is only handed out to peolpe, who commit horrible immoral crimes like premeditated murder. Does this mean that we should throw out the death penalty because people, who did not really deserve to die, were killed?
If capital punishment were carried out more it would prove to be the crime preventative it was partly intended to be. Most criminals would think twice before committing murder if they knew their own lives were at stake. Use of the death penalty as intended by law could actually reduce the number of violent murders by eliminating some of the repeat offenders. The death penalty has always been and continues to be a very controversial issue. In the future, many problems could be resolved keeping the death penalty and not getting rid of it.
Most people think that capital punishment has no effect on crime. It also wrongly gives the government the power to kill a human, making it unethical and barbaric. Next, is the possible wrong convictions, in the last 35 years in the U.S., 130 people have been released from death row because they were exonerated by DNA evidence. Unfortunately, DNA evidence is not available in most cases. With the death penalty in place you are guaranteed to occasionally execute an innocent person.