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Re: “Let's Kill Duncan

I have no right to torture Joseph Edward Duncan. It is neither that I am incapable or unwilling to take his life nor do I have misgivings against his torture. Joseph Edward Duncan has been found guilty by the system of justice to which I subscribe and his life is forfeit, but I would find no condolence in causing his torture, no satisfaction. The rage and indignation necessary, for a stranger, to instigate the torture of Joseph Edward Duncan would be manufactured, through substitution of faces loved for his victims, but this illusion would fail. For I, along with the majority of Idahoans, am fortunate to be removed from Joseph Edward Duncan. Our only connection found through interpreted and distorted media facts and unbalanced contributors to weekly news publications. This distance makes comprehension of the pain and loss inflicted by Joseph Edward Duncan impossibility, and I am cautious of the internal constitution of disconnected who claim desire to mirror such horrors. The general public is not owed satisfaction for what has been committed. The public has been served, the life of Joseph Edward Duncan accepted, but this is not satisfaction. The overused phrase “an eye for an eye” falls flat when subject to the extreme because there can be no balance; Joseph Edward Duncan will only die once. It could be the realization of this inequity that creates a public call for torture. A unified scream for balance, a cry to assuage the fear of falling victim to such unimaginable evil, but I am unwilling to support torture for good sleep of the public. If the relatives of Groene family or the Mckenzie family or any victim of Joseph Edward Duncan could find some relief or sleep easier for one night, by observing or subjecting Joseph Edward Duncan to a painful torturous death, then they deserve to instruct or institute this action and I will wholeheartedly support it. I believe it is their right. By that same token, if those touched by the cancer that is Joseph Edward Duncan wish to forgive and he serve life in prison rather than be destroyed, that too should be their right. Only in the absence of someone connected, in these extreme cases, should the majority be allowed to determine the methodology of punishment. Mr. Cope calls for readers to barrage him with details of unique and disturbing ways to end the life of this killer. On his request I must disappoint, for if charged to instigate the execution of Joseph Edward Duncan, then I would undertake my task utilizing the cheapest and simplest method available. My only parameters would be that it occurs without warning, without service, without ritual. His death unnoticed, his body destroyed, his gravestone unmarked.

Posted by Keith Mason on 09/25/2008 at 7:39 PM

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