It's Time to Kill the Death Penalty

It's Time to Kill the Death Penalty

There are 3 comments on the Psychology Today story from Jan 19, 2014, titled It's Time to Kill the Death Penalty. In it, Psychology Today reports that:

In Old Testament times, the death penalty was used as the punishment for murder .

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Dudley Sharp

Houston, TX

#1 Jan 20, 2014
The (imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution
Dudley Sharp

The Horror is that the media will have 10,000 more articles about the imagined suffering of executed rapist/torturer/murderer Dennis McGuire than they did about the real suffering of his victims, Joy Stewart, her husband Kenny, unborn child Carl and their families and friends.

Dennis McGuire anally raped/tortured/murdered Joy Stewart, a 22 year old newlywed who was 30 weeks pregnant.

There is no indication that McGuire was conscious at any time after the first 30 seconds of the 25 minute execution process, as pharmacological realities would dictate (see below).

There is every indication that Joy Stewart was conscious throughout the eternal horror of her savage rape and murder. McGuire forced Joy from her car, choked her, attempted to rape her vaginally, raped her anally, slashed her throat so deeply it severed both her carotid artery and jugular vein, all the while Joy realizing the horror of her own death, as well as that of her unborn child.

The babyís name would have been Carl, his motherís grave marker shows.

Joy's husband, Kenny, committed suicide within a year after their murders.

McGuire had more time on death row than Joy had in life.

McGuire's children have threatened to sue the state over their father's just execution. So foul. They have learned so very little.

Their only comments should have been:

"We are truly sorry for the horror and suffering that our father has caused to Joy, her husband, their unborn child and to Joy and Kenny's family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them, always."

Do folks gasp, wheeze, moan, etc. while in their sleep? Of course, which is all that happened with McGuire.

Possibly, someone in the media will look up the overdose properties of the drugs involved (below) and tell us how McGuire could, possibly, have been conscious. He couldn't have been.

The properties of the drugs and their overdosing effects are very well known - by no means an experiment.

FACT CHECKING: Midazolam & Hydromorphone

A lethal overdose of either drug, will cause unconsciousness, first, prior to the expected respiratory distress, coma and death, if pharmacological realities mean anything.

"More than 80 deaths have occurred after the use of midazolam ... 78% of the deaths associated with midazolam were respiratory in nature." (MIDAZOLAM HYDROCHLORIDE: Human Health Effects, http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/... :@[email protected]+6751 )

Hydromorphone overdose,
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic...

Dilaudid-Related Morbidity and Mortality from Respiratory Depression
http://www.thedoctors.com/KnowledgeCenter/Pub...
Yes on Death Penalty

Atlanta, GA

#2 Jan 20, 2014
Stop whining and crying about murderers and rapists that had a bad day on the execution table. I always hope they have a bad day because the victims had a bad day when he/she murdered them!

Be more concerned for the victims not the killer!
tellsumbodywhoca res

Lindfield, Australia

#3 Jan 21, 2014
Dudley Sharp wrote:
The (imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution
Dudley Sharp
The Horror is that the media will have 10,000 more articles about the imagined suffering of executed rapist/torturer/murderer Dennis McGuire than they did about the real suffering of his victims, Joy Stewart, her husband Kenny, unborn child Carl and their families and friends.
Dennis McGuire anally raped/tortured/murdered Joy Stewart, a 22 year old newlywed who was 30 weeks pregnant.
There is no indication that McGuire was conscious at any time after the first 30 seconds of the 25 minute execution process, as pharmacological realities would dictate (see below).
There is every indication that Joy Stewart was conscious throughout the eternal horror of her savage rape and murder. McGuire forced Joy from her car, choked her, attempted to rape her vaginally, raped her anally, slashed her throat so deeply it severed both her carotid artery and jugular vein, all the while Joy realizing the horror of her own death, as well as that of her unborn child.
The babyís name would have been Carl, his motherís grave marker shows.
Joy's husband, Kenny, committed suicide within a year after their murders.
McGuire had more time on death row than Joy had in life.
McGuire's children have threatened to sue the state over their father's just execution. So foul. They have learned so very little.
Their only comments should have been:
"We are truly sorry for the horror and suffering that our father has caused to Joy, her husband, their unborn child and to Joy and Kenny's family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them, always."
Do folks gasp, wheeze, moan, etc. while in their sleep? Of course, which is all that happened with McGuire.
Possibly, someone in the media will look up the overdose properties of the drugs involved (below) and tell us how McGuire could, possibly, have been conscious. He couldn't have been.
The properties of the drugs and their overdosing effects are very well known - by no means an experiment.
FACT CHECKING: Midazolam & Hydromorphone
A lethal overdose of either drug, will cause unconsciousness, first, prior to the expected respiratory distress, coma and death, if pharmacological realities mean anything.
"More than 80 deaths have occurred after the use of midazolam ... 78% of the deaths associated with midazolam were respiratory in nature." (MIDAZOLAM HYDROCHLORIDE: Human Health Effects, http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/... :@[email protected]+6751 )
Hydromorphone overdose,
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic...
Dilaudid-Related Morbidity and Mortality from Respiratory Depression
http://www.thedoctors.com/KnowledgeCenter/Pub...
Could have been a lot worse for "poor ol" Dennis. He could of been degradingly and painfully endured the horror of being raped, then stabbed to death and let bleed out to die. I have ZERO sympathy for that "man", in fact I hope his last moments were in sheer terror.

For some reason this has made big news in Australia, but 99% of feedback from posters has been that if he did suffer, "Good".

Anyway, as an ex nurse who looked after palliative patients, wheezing, gasping; cheyne stoke breating all can occur with patients that are unconscious with/without maximum dosage of medications iv.
If this "man's" family sues successfully, I hope members of the victims' families sues them for every red cent.

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