Roger Dale Stafford is a serial killer who started his killing spree with his wife Verna and his brother Harold on January 12th, 1974 by killing 21-year-old jimmy earl a student at the university of north Alabama. But the killing that shocked the whole of Oklahoma was when he killed a family by luring them from there car, by pretending to be a marooned motorcyclist. Verna first shot melvin Lorenz when he wasn’t able to fork out all of his money, Melvins wife was shot by Stafford and Roger when she tried to come to the aid of her husband.
the both being alive were ravaged with bullets by the triad leaving their 12-year-old son behind to the madmen who unfortunately was kidnapped, trying to get help by yelling out from the car he was shot without any resistance this was all just wanted murder. Stafford was never convicted of the murder of another victim berry who worked at the Sirloin Stockade restaurant but was sentenced to death of the murder of the family.
imagine if that was your family or one of your loved ones? the reason I want the death sentence back is because of the mental closure it will give to families whose lost a loved one and all the innocent children who have been robbed of there childhood or either has lost a parent.
Several studies have been done showing an increased risk of mental health problems and threats to emotional well being for affected children and have a long term effect of higher suicide rates.
Many people can’t get past the fact that the killer could be living a normal life and possibly bragging to other people what they did, a human life is one of a kind, like all life when ended it can never come back, an irreparable loss, a void no one can fill, if a serial killer kills someone without regard for that person’s life why should we care about their life they practically have given up their place and roll in society rather than thriving in it they cripple it, like a tumor we must remove it to live on, in 2012 437,000 people were murdered worldwide according to a study done by the UN imagine what they could’ve achieved if they weren’t slaughtered. there’s an idea of it being a deterrent the essence of the point is that it will deter anyone that has a plan to commit a heinous crime thinks otherwise Ernest van den Haag, a professor at Fordham University, wrote about the issue of deterrence:
“…capital punishment is likely to deter more than other punishments because people fear death more than anything else. They fear most death deliberately inflicted by law and scheduled by the courts….Hence, the threat of the death penalty may deter some murderers who otherwise might not have been deterred. And surely the death penalty is the only penalty that could deter prisoners already serving a life sentence and tempted to kill a guard, or offenders about to be arrested and facing a life sentence.” (Death Penalty Curricula for High School) but deterrence does not apply to people who have already committed murder but then falls under the classification of incapacitation, it benefits society by lessening crime and giving peace of mind to others and Stafford never cared for the people he killed he thought it was justified some people say that we should not join their ranks that does not make sense.
Another murderer nicknamed the toy box murderer who would kidnap and tie-down girls and play them a tape including everything he would to them from rape to torture and was given a life sentence now tell me if we are on the same level as them? the death sentence is constitutional in all trials 12 citizens must vote to give out the death sentence and in an exhaustive trial that can go on for weeks and two highly skilled attorneys and a judge who gives the verdict from his own free will this all accumulates to a fair trial that is all in works with the law ensuring that an innocent person may not be prosecuted if you kill someone you have given up your right to live like the saying an ‘eye for an eye’.