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Hanging Ian Huntley would have been more humane
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 22nd March 2010 | Colin Wilson

Posted on 03/22/2010 5:13:12 PM PDT by naturalman1975

When Dr Harold Shipman, the worst serial killer in British history, committed suicide in 2004, the Home Secretary of the time David Blunkett confessed his first instinct on hearing the news was to 'open a bottle'.

No doubt many felt the same way when they learnt that double child murderer Ian Huntley had been badly slashed across the throat in prison by a fellow inmate.

Any sense of regret would be caused not by concern over Huntley's injuries, but the fact that his attacker failed to complete the job.

Yet, in the wake of Shipman's death, Blunkett also expressed his surprise at a widespread feeling of public anger that the murderous doctor had somehow cheated justice by taking his own life.

As Blunkett pointed out, there was a mood that Shipman had avoided the punishment that he deserved, namely a lifetime behind bars.

Suicide was the easy way out for him. According to this argument, decade upon decade in a solitary cell was the fate Shipman merited, not a swift, sudden end.

The same sense of frustrated vengeance was obvious when monstrous mass murderer Fred West was found hanged in his jail in 1995.

And no doubt the same bitterness would have arisen if Ian Huntley had succeeded in any of the three suicide bids he has made since he was locked up in 2004 or if his wounds from the recent assault had proved fatal. That, by escaping a long sentence, Huntley would have somehow avoided paying for his terrible crimes.

This points to a fascinating paradox at the heart of public attitudes towards the punishment of the worst murderers.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: capitalpunishment; hanging; pierrepoint
The best of the English hangmen could have the murderer hanging from the end of a rope less than ten seconds after they left his cell (the record was seven and a half seconds) and less than twenty seconds after entering the cell for the first time. It was quick, and effective, and the recidivism rate was zero.
1 posted on 03/22/2010 5:13:13 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

This also provided a sense of justice for the victims’ family.

Now the families get to malinger for who knows how long.

2 posted on 03/22/2010 5:23:04 PM PDT by Persevero (Ask yourself: "What does the Left want me to do?" Then go do the opposite.)
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To: naturalman1975

Ideally, justice should be swift and sure.

I like the idea that a guilty man might be executed in seconds.

Society is owed the removal of some of these vermin, not their suffering in prison.

3 posted on 03/22/2010 5:43:49 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: naturalman1975

Dead is better.

4 posted on 03/22/2010 6:01:17 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Mother of your new alien overlords. You want to be on my good side.)
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To: naturalman1975

I am trying to understand this article. I am pro death penalty. However, I see it not as the humane option but as the just one. If it is actually preferable, then why do convicts here in the States fight so hard to get life instead of the death penalty? Do we have this same issue with suicide? I don’t recall hearing much about it. Are prison conditions in Britain that much worse than here? Any insight would be greatly appreciated; thank you in advance.

5 posted on 03/22/2010 6:27:43 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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I would say not. Prisoners over here get to play the playstation ffs:

6 posted on 06/24/2010 2:05:07 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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Wow, a blast from the past! When I posted on this thread, I was corresponding with a young Canadian who initially claimed life in prison was worse than the death penalty. Seeing this suicide story made me question my conviction that the death penalty is worse.

Then my Canadian friend flipped, and decided he was rabidly pro death penalty. I still don’t know what caused such a quick and monumental 180.

I do believe we coddle our prisoners in the US. It’s gone so far, I don’t know what it would take to turn it around. Maybe electing someone like Sarah Palin?

7 posted on 06/24/2010 2:35:20 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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