Friday, February 20, 2009
The Death Penalty And Human Behavior
Jarratt, VA—There is something I could never understand about the death penalty. Why to the condemned always cooperate with their killers? In the case of hangings the hapless guests of honor actually climb stairs to help their killers get that job done.
I suppose that depression and guilt might rob a man of his natural instinct of survival. But there are many films of Nazis lining up civilians for firing squads, hangings and all forms of inflicting death and there’s never a hint of resistance.
I can’t imagine going out without putting up the fight of my life. I might feign a passive stance but my last act on earth would be trying to at least blind one of my killers for life.
If I was innocent my resistance would at least send a message.
Taking a docile person, chaining them up and strapping them down for an execution with a crew of guards is as cowardly an act a human can commit. That idea has always sickened me enough, that I have vowed to myself that I’d never get involved in an execution.
The unheard of happened when convicted and condemned cop killer was forcibly taken to his death at the Greensville Correctional Center.
Drug dealer, Edward Nathaniel Bell, 43 who was convicted of gunning down Winchester police Sergeant Ricky Timbrook during a foot chase a decade ago, has steadfastly proclaimed his innocence. Bell was put down like a bad dog yesterday but not without an ominous demonstration.
Bell's resistance was limited to thrusting away when the death chamber’s door was opened. Six prison guards overpowered Bell picking him up and strapping him down.
According to corrections officials the last words offered by Bell in the death chamber was, "To the Timbrook family, you definitely have the wrong person," Bell said in the death chamber, addressing the victim's family. "The truth will come out one day. This here, killing me, there's no justice about it."
I’m not clairvoyant and neither is any jury. Usually there are few if any living witnesses to these kinds of events and the life and death decisions made by our juries may well be flawed.
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