Girl's murderer says if serial killer lives, he shouldn't die

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South King County's Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, admitted killing 48 women and he escaped the death penalty with life in prison without parole.

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viccy

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these killers are sick its not a competition to who killed the most. one murder or forty eight murders , murder is murder. anyone who kills and rapes a child deserves to die.
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STATISTICS SHOW THAT HERE IN THE USA THE SAME CRIME GETS DIFFERENT SENTENCES.......READ THE STATISTICS!!!!! THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN.....IF YOU ARE RICH AND WHITE YOU WILL LIKELY GET OFF! IF YOU ARE POOR AND OF COLOR YOU WILL LIKELY HEAR THE CLANG OF METAL DOORS CLOSE BEHIND YOU !!!!! WAKE UP THERE IS A BIGGER PICTURE HERE......GET INFORMED AND LETS FIX THE TERRIBLY BROKEN SYSTEM......
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viccy wrote:
these killers are sick its not a competition to who killed the most. one murder or forty eight murders , murder is murder. anyone who kills and rapes a child deserves to die.
I agree with you. Unfortunately, these "people" sit on death row and drain tax dollars for years and years. I believe in the appeals process but a death sentence should mean death. Some of these people sit on death row for 10 - 15 years before their sentence is carried out. The victim's families have to wait too long for justice.
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Jul 3, 2006
 
Regardless the race of a murderer, would it not be advantagous to find out WHY those people do what they do?

If it's merely a chemical imbalance, would it not be beneficial to discover that and perhaps prevent any such occurance of their's in the future?

If your automobile suddenly breaks down, and in the process gets you into an accident, do you shoot it/hang it/gas it/lethally inject it? Or, do you find out why it failed, and fix it?

While it's true that humans are way more complex, it also follows that solving their inner problems requires a greater degree of understanding – a thing which we should dedicate very much more effort.

If, in taking out the trash, we toss out the baby with the bath water, we have lost another opportunity to study the essence of the 'why,' and in the process do our own selves a great disservice by disposing of the evidence which could well have saved us from similar murders in the future.
Dan Walter

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Jul 4, 2006
 
WAKE UP wrote:
STATISTICS SHOW THAT HERE IN THE USA THE SAME CRIME GETS DIFFERENT SENTENCES.......READ THE STATISTICS!!!!! THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN.....IF YOU ARE RICH AND WHITE YOU WILL LIKELY GET OFF! IF YOU ARE POOR AND OF COLOR YOU WILL LIKELY HEAR THE CLANG OF METAL DOORS CLOSE BEHIND YOU !!!!! WAKE UP THERE IS A BIGGER PICTURE HERE......GET INFORMED AND LETS FIX THE TERRIBLY BROKEN SYSTEM......
You "fix the system" by your VOTE. Any other approach is doomed to failure. Only children believe otherwise.
Dan Walter

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SLN wrote:
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I agree with you. Unfortunately, these "people" sit on death row and drain tax dollars for years and years. I believe in the appeals process but a death sentence should mean death. Some of these people sit on death row for 10 - 15 years before their sentence is carried out. The victim's families have to wait too long for justice.
The debate should fall on HOW the dirtbag is to die, not "if." The system we have today is setup to keep lawyers and judges busy .. at our expense.

You can thank the Liberals in our society for this asinine approach to "justice."
Highlander

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Dan Walter wrote:
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The debate should fall on HOW the dirtbag is to die, not "if." The system we have today is setup to keep lawyers and judges busy .. at our expense.
You can thank the Liberals in our society for this asinine approach to "justice."
So Dan,
Do I take it that whenever someone is convicted of a crime, that they are automatically guilty of that crime?
And, what about those who were convicted by underhanded prosecutors, and who were later found out to be innocent of the crime they were sent to prison for?
ace

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Gary Ridgeway wasn't sentenced to death because he struck up a deal with the prosecution. they probably only would've convicted him on four counts and they would never have known for sure what happened to so many of the missing women from this area. in exchange for his life, he led them to the sites where he had left many more of his victims in king county. he's a rat bastard as surely as the system is flawed and prejudiced, but his race isn't what kept him alive.
Angela DesCartes

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Sep 7, 2006
 
Dan Walter wrote:
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The debate should fall on HOW the dirtbag is to die, not "if." The system we have today is setup to keep lawyers and judges busy .. at our expense.
You can thank the Liberals in our society for this asinine approach to "justice."
...here's a thinking lady who believes in the death penalty, pigeonholing me is truly insulting as I have voted for Republicans and Democrats...In view of recent advances in DNA technology and the number of people cleared of crimes because of it, the processe of appeal is reasonable. I would like to see a shorter time limit.
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SLN wrote:
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I agree with you. Unfortunately, these "people" sit on death row and drain tax dollars for years and years. I believe in the appeals process but a death sentence should mean death. Some of these people sit on death row for 10 - 15 years before their sentence is carried out. The victim's families have to wait too long for justice.
Does anyone ever think of the family of the criminal? If the victim's family are vengeful, they may believe that only capital punishment can bring them justice, but there is another innocent family involved. Is it right to condemn these people to grief?

I think all murderers should be imprisoned for life. No execution.
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I find it very ironic that the state of america sentences americans to death and kills them when that actually brings you in the same categori as North Corea, Iran, China, Saudi Arabia and so on!I mean - no modern thinking countrys (like us in the EU) use the death penalty - except US.
And how can you defend that the state murders a man - a murder is a murder regardles who perform it - even in the eyes of God.
I think its time for the US to move away from the "eye for an eye"-thinking. Murder on convicted murders doesnt solve the basic problem: Some people live on the edge of society in all aspects.
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i think they need to move it along a little faster. if there is a DNA link plus eyewitnesses, kill them.

i am so sick of these damn criminals whining about how they have rights. what about the people they kill? did they NOT have rights?

i think if you are a big enough boy (or girl) to dish it out, you should be able to take it.

and stop wasting electricity with the chair. kill them the same way they killed.

the only person on death row that i think is innocent is a woman in texas. her name is darlie routier. she got a piece of crap trial and they won't give her a new one. i think the reason they won't is because they know they screwed the pooch on this one and they don't want to look like a bunch of idiots.

i was watching a show on one of the news channels the other night. it was about prison life. these inmates were whining about the food. the lack of food. the taste of the food. the size of the cells. the items they are not allowed to have. the surprise inspections of their cells.....you name it and they were whining like little girls about it.
all of these men had commited murder. so that gets me to wondering........

who the hell do they think they are? are they sonmething special that they can go out and rob, rape and kill decent people? hell no. they are the scum of the earth and they should be removed from the earth.
they get caught and convicted and then want to whine because of food and living quarters. well, boo hoo. maybe if they could have managed to be decent people they wouldn't have ended up there.

it's called PRISON. it's not a playground. you are not supposed to be having fun and getting anything you want. if it were up to me they would get a couple of stale peanut butter crackers 3 times a day and a cup of water to wash it down with.

they need to change the whole prison system. they need to make it so bad that they actually think before doing something stupid and going to prison.

they need to forget about their so called rights. no more going outside. no more tv. no more movie night. don't let them out of their cell. let them live with the likes of themselves 24/7. they would probably end up killing themselves. and that would be bad how??
Thor

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Sep 14, 2006
 
An eye for an eye is an ancient but valid premise. The thought of losing a child to one of these monsters is truly disturbing.
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Highlander wrote:
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So Dan,
Do I take it that whenever someone is convicted of a crime, that they are automatically guilty of that crime?
And, what about those who were convicted by underhanded prosecutors, and who were later found out to be innocent of the crime they were sent to prison for?
Bottom line no one can play GOD.
People VS Barbarians
This war is not between humans, the war is of Good against evil. The great conquest is not black or white. I believe there will always be a part of hell on earth and we can probe until our very last dieing breath, but it will forever remain...reform? medication? counseling? Life imprisonment? Forgiveness? Mistaken Identity?
(the true criminal walks free)
As a society we're partly responsible, as a individual we are held accountable. We pay to be entertained through horror flicks, murder mystery's. We allow it in our homes, crime dominates T.V. shows, it has effeciently infiltrated our children's minds. Now ask yourself as to "Why do our children grow up to be rapist's or murder's?"
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WAKE UP wrote:
STATISTICS SHOW THAT HERE IN THE USA THE SAME CRIME GETS DIFFERENT SENTENCES.......READ THE STATISTICS!!!!! THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN.....IF YOU ARE RICH AND WHITE YOU WILL LIKELY GET OFF! IF YOU ARE POOR AND OF COLOR YOU WILL LIKELY HEAR THE CLANG OF METAL DOORS CLOSE BEHIND YOU !!!!! WAKE UP THERE IS A BIGGER PICTURE HERE......GET INFORMED AND LETS FIX THE TERRIBLY BROKEN SYSTEM......
Right on!! I've always maintained that if the Gary Ridgeway can receive life 48 times (and we know he has more under his belt than 48) then no one else should ever receive the death penalty. It is supposed to be reserved for the most heinous of crimes, if Gary Ridgeway is allowed to receive life then so should everyone else. The system IS broken!!

The death penalty does not represent “And Justice for All”. The example is Gary Ridgeway, the Green River Killer, who was given life 48 times—he hunted, tortured, and murdered women, and did so, with pleasure, for over 20 years. Mr. Ridgeway is clearly a predator and this truth will not and cannot be disputed. In view of the fact that an individual like Gary Ridgeway is ALLOWED to receive life without parole; no one ever (again) should receive the death penalty—ever. This is NOT justice. It is apparent that we, as a society, can and did grant mercy to one of the worst serial killers in the United States. We certainly can and should reevaluate the decisions of others on death row.

We, society, have granted life without parole (life 48 times) to a human being (used loosely in this context) such as Gary Ridgeway (a ghastly predator)—we have granted this hunter and murderer of women—mercy! But, we have dealt death to others who are far more deserving of a life sentence.

To kill some and not others is a miscarriage of justice and our justice system and priorities in our society are in serious jeopardy, and the words “And Justice for All” are a lie and mean NOTHING; all that hold power in these decisions are hypocrites and I’m deeply shamed.

Mothers (and families) of victims and perpetrators have the same pain—the common ground IS both will lose a child/loved one to murder. This is horribly, horribly sad and painful and again CRUEL. I’m deeply rueful for both perpetrator and victims’ families—deeply sorry. My heart is laden with sorrow.
Amanda Densmore

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Sep 23, 2006
 
Highlander wrote:
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So Dan,
Do I take it that whenever someone is convicted of a crime, that they are automatically guilty of that crime?
And, what about those who were convicted by underhanded prosecutors, and who were later found out to be innocent of the crime they were sent to prison for?
Yes we all know that many people are wrongly convicted but in this case there are no excauses he needs to die!!!! 48 lives have been taken what does that prove??
Monica

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Feb 14, 2007
 
viccy wrote:
these killers are sick its not a competition to who killed the most. one murder or forty eight murders , murder is murder. anyone who kills and rapes a child deserves to die.
I belive that killing someone that commits a crime such as these is right.I do belive that they are sick and its should not be a competition but to some it is and surely their is a way we can handdle without killing everybody....
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Feb 14, 2007
 
clark's a cowardly rat bastard child killer. turn him and his lawyers over to that little girl's relatives - to hell with the Washington Supreme Invertebrate Court................
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Mar 23, 2007
 
One time I was browsing books at the library and I came across one with a letter stashed in it- supposedly from the Green River Killer himself. The premise of the letter was that he had killed almost 50 people, and yet he was going to be fed and sheltered in prison for the rest of his life. Keeping in mind that the total spent on each prisoner per year is about 20,000 dollars on the backs of the tax payers, I could see the author's point.

Don't let this bother you however, Washington is still a great place to visit.
SNARK

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I agree 100% with him.
every killer should be put to death no matter infamous they are and it should be within one year of their conviction.

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