Given what any right-thinking onlooker knows he did, death is the easy way out for this guy. He should be introduced to Bruce and the boys in prison for the rest of his life..."in the end, the criminal gets his due!"...so to speak.
Even if he were to get death row (which I doubt), there are hundreds of death row inmates in Calif. and in the last 2 or 3 decades they've actually executed about 3 or 4.
Odds are that Peterson won't die until he's an old man.
Hard labor above the Arctic Circle breaking rocks is what they should do in the meantime.
Every time I get subjected to trash like this, I can only think of how the Virginia City Vigilantes handled this sort of thing.
This case should never have occupied the public's attention for more than 3 days.
The crime is unspeakable, and even allowing it to give this maggot the publicity he got, is a travesty.
In 1860, Peterson would have been tried and executed within two days of his capture.