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October 26, 2002

Choosing Your Death Apparently, serial

Choosing Your Death

Apparently, serial killers are not exclusive to the East Coast. As reported in the Greensboro News & Record, a man, Roberto Arguelles, was arrested and convicted of killing three teenage girls and a woman in her 40’s in 1997. He received the death penalty and was given the task of choosing how he would like to die. Strangely enough, he has chosen the firing squad and, in addition, has made the request to not wear the traditional hood over his head.

I understand that it is somewhat difficult for us to be empathetic with this individual, but I have tried to place myself in this case. What on earth would possess someone to choose the firing squad? My personal choice would be lethal injection simply because I would prefer to fade out instead of going out with a bang. His choice has caused me to wonder if he is mentally aware of what is happening to him. It is a VERY general statement, but the assumption is that sane people don’t want to be shot by a lot of people. Contrary to this idea, the court did order Arguelles to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after he attempted to hang himself with a prison laundry bag.

Another question this raised was whether or not the courts and the state would allow this type of execution to take place. That question was answered with a “Yes.” The state Supreme Court of Utah ruled last Friday that the firing squad execution could proceed.

How many bleeding hearts do you expect this will bring out of the woodwork? As I have mentioned before, I do not view myself as being either for or against the death penalty, although I realize for many that represents being for it. When you see how many people show up to protest a lethal injection killing, my guess is that this method of death will bring out many more. I admit that the brutality of this one seems much more barbaric than an injection and would therefore create more media attention. Would we allow people to be hanged if they chose that method? I would be interested to learn more how this choosing process works.

You are supposed to feel better knowing that another serial killer is being removed from society………do you?

Posted by Woundwort at October 26, 2002 10:30 AM | TrackBack
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