The case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with being one of the Boston Bombers, is once again stirring up the national debate about capital punishment.
I was against the death penalty for most of my life for both moral and intellectual reasons. Morally I believed it was wrong for a government to kill its own people as punishment. Intellectually I don’t believe it is a deterrent; it is far too costly and they seem to get it wrong to often.
And then I covered the execution of John Wayne Gacy in Chicago. Gacy posed as a clown to get close to boys and young men, then he raped and killed them. He had 33 victims. Who would argue that John Wayne Gacy didn’t deserve to die?
And what about Timothy McVeigh? He detonated a bomb outside the federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people and injured 800.
I still am against the death penalty with rare exception. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would be one of those exceptions/