Letters to the Editor

Letter: Penalty justified

July 29, 2014


To the editor:

I was disappointed the courts threw out the death sentence for the Carr brothers. Most of my life I have been against capital punishment because of the obvious: the wrong man could be convicted using eye-witness accounts, which is the worst kind of evidence. But with the discovery of DNA, many prisoners have been exonerated and the real offenders arrested.

I now feel there are certain circumstances that deserve the death sentence such as serial killers and multiple murderers when there is absolutely no doubt concerning guilt. The Carr brothers have expressed no remorse and even taunted family members in the course of the trial. Those unfamiliar with the details of this crime need to Google these brutal homicides that occurred in 2000. Make no mistake, these people are true monsters born without any sense of conscience or remorse. Human life means nothing to them.

Those who don’t agree with me please answer me one question. Where is the deterrent? What happens now if they kill a guard or a fellow prisoner? Are you going to just give them another life sentence? These two committed one of the most heinous crimes I have ever read about. Now we and the surviving members of the families have to pay our tax money to provide free housing, meals, and health care for these creatures. This is insulting to the surviving families who deserve real closure and justice. Sometimes, and I say very rarely, some horrible criminals need to be executed because they still pose a threat to life and they have absolutely nothing to lose!


Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 9 months ago

The Minnesota Twin Study is a project originally led by Minnesota Professor of Psychology Thomas Joseph Bouchard, Jr. The Minnesota twin study has shown that psychopathy is 60 percent heritable. This percentage indicates that psychopathic traits are due more to DNA than to upbringing.

Brain scans revealed that psychopathy in criminals was associated with decreased connectivity between the amygdala, a subcortical structure of the brain that processes negative stimuli, and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), a cortical region in the front of the brain that interprets the response from the amygdala. When the connectivity between these two regions is low, processing of negative stimuli in the amygdala does not translate into any strongly felt negative emotions. This fits well into the picture we have of psychopaths. They do not feel nervous or embarrassed when they are caught doing something bad. They do not feel sad when other people suffer. Though they feel physical pain, they are not themselves in a position to suffer from emotions hurts.


Nothing I have read indicated that there is a cure for this disease. People with incurable communicable diseases are quarantined from others. I fully understand the horror of the crime the twins committed and the wish to see them executed. However, I can not condone killing people to save the state money.,

Perhaps, since a change in the brain is real and can be seen, children with this abnormality could be put to death and therefore save lives in the future? Just putting the thought out there for discussion.

Leslie Swearingen

Brock Masters 3 years, 9 months ago

Agree with much of what you wrote but disagree with you saying people with I curable communicable diseases are quarantined from others.

Really, please provide examples. We certainly don't quarantine people with AIDS. Pretty sure we don't quarantine people with leperosy anymore.

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 9 months ago

Here you go, Brock.

A Comprehensive Quarantine System U.S. Quarantine Stations are part of a comprehensive Quarantine System that serves to limit the introduction of infectious diseases into the United States and to prevent their spread.

U.S. Quarantine Stations are located at 20 ports of entry and land-border crossings where international travelers arrive. They are staffed with quarantine medical and public health officers from CDC. These health officers decide whether ill persons can enter the United States and what measures should be taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Quarantine officers are responsible for activities as various as responding to reports of illnesses, to screening cargo and inspecting animals and animal products, to monitoring the health of and collecting any medical information of new immigrants, refugees, asylees, and parolees. Read the U.S. Quarantine Stations Fact Sheet.


Leslie Swearingen

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