By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Call it a confluence of evil – three of the most vicious, calculating mass murderers I’ve ever experienced are all in the news at the same time.

Down at federal court Wednesday, a jury heard closing arguments for and against the death penalty for Gary Sampson, a career criminal who went on a killing spree back in 2001, slaughtering three innocent bystanders unfortunate enough to cross his path.

Sampson’s lawyer said in advance he intended to quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s statement that “returning violence for violence multiplies violence,” a reference to the political tactics King employed to shame the nation into action on civil rights.

However, there is zero evidence that removing Sampson from our prisons permanently would leave behind a more-violent world.

Also in the headlines these days, Dylann Roof, the bitter young racist who walked into a Charleston church two years ago and murdered nine black worshipers.

Deemed mentally competent to stand trial by the judge, Roof told the jury “there’s nothing wrong with me psychologically,” and I think we should take him at his word. Pure evil exists, and it’s hard to see how justice would be served by watching this specimen eat three squares a day for the next 70 years.

Dylann Roof (Photo by Randall Hill - Pool/Getty Images), Charles Manson (Photo by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images) and Gary Sampson (WBZ-TV).

Dylann Roof (Photo by Randall Hill – Pool/Getty Images), Charles Manson (Photo by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images) and Gary Sampson (WBZ-TV).

And finally, we are being subjected to yet another round of news stories about bloodthirsty killer Charles Manson, receiving taxpayer-funded medical treatment to help prolong his miserable 82-year life.

Capital punishment is a difficult issue. I can respect opposition on moral grounds. But good luck making the case that there’s any social benefit in keeping any of these three around.

Comments (4)
  1. bees_knees_6 says:

    I am not a supporter of the death penalty. I would agree with Rowdy that the ultimate punishment is life in a super-max prison. Jon, if money and tax payer dollars are your concern, I thought you were aware that ultimately it will cost more for the death sentence than it will to keep a person in jail.

  2. John Brennan says:

    Bees and Paul. A .50 cent bullet to the head of each of them would solve any financial burden to the tax payers. It’s a real simple solution.

    1. It doesn’t work that way in the real world John. In fact what you propose would be murder. Your real simple solution. Furthermore, the expense of carrying out a death penalty is mostly legal costs.

      1. John Brennan says:

        Killing someone who murdered innocents, is not murder. They forfeited all rights and protections from the law. So again, in these cases, a bullet to the head is a very real, simple solution to an imperfect system.

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