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Letter: A slow death deserved

Regarding the Jan. 18 Aspen Times article “Nobody deserves to go through that,” it’s time that “namby-pamby do-gooders” in society abandon naivete and understand that execution of violent-crime felons such as Dennis McGuire in Ohio, who was convicted of repeatedly raping and stabbing an eight-months-pregnant woman and thus killing her unborn child in 1989, was not only to punish but also to deter others from committing such a heinous violent crime as did McGuire.

The victim was Joy Stewart, and McGuire abandoned her body in the woods to decay. It is understood that Joy’s husband later committed suicide due to the cruelty of the crime, so McGuire actually killed three people.

Your article, from The Associated Press, states that McGuire gasped repeatedly with his abdomen rising and falling, and his mouth was opening and closing. That’s what humans and other animals do when they fight to breathe. The article states that McGuire appeared unconscious and “was given both a sedative and a painkiller.” “Whether McGuire felt any pain was unclear.” But even if he had, wouldn’t that have been rather justified in light of the cruelty and pain he inflicted on his innocent victim, her unborn child and the father-to-be? Did McGuire’s victim get the benefit of both a sedative and a painkiller? Don’t think so.

McGuire’s son stated that “nobody deserves to go through that.” But he perversely fails to utter any remorse for what his father cruelly inflicted on an innocent woman, her unborn child and the father-to-be.

Neither the Associated Press nor any comment from The Aspen Times focuses on what duration of anguish and pain the innocent Joy Stewart suffered while being repeatedly raped and stabbed. How long did she struggle to breathe before she died, for no fault/choice of her own?

Just think: McGuire languished in prison having food and shelter at taxpayer expense for 25 years during which he could reminisce in his twisted mind what satisfaction he had experienced in the rape and murder. McGuire’s family had the benefit of 25 years to understand the consequences of McGuire’s crime, which he voluntarily committed; however, neither the victim nor her family had the benefit of 25 years to plan for such tragedy of her and her child’s involuntary death — so tragic and abrupt that the victim’s husband took his own life afterward.

The daughter-in-law of the murderer is pictured in your paper with her husband as having a pathetic sobbing session rather than accepting the consequences of the crime to which their monstrous father voluntarily subjected himself.

But how much weeping was experienced by the murdered woman’s family and her husband’s family? There is no sympathy or remorse mentioned by the pictured couple. And it is understood that the murderer’s final words were his expectation to “see his family and friends in heaven.” This appears to be audaciously far-out and “self-judgmental” when we all know that there is a far more appropriate judge to decide his final fate. McGuire’s audacity is further exhibited in initially having blamed the crime on another family member of his until McGuire’s own conviction.

In my opinion, the murderer’s family’s intent to file a lawsuit against the state of Ohio over the “unusually slow execution” of their violent felon father is frivolous. Hasn’t the McGuire family already taken enough from society? It appears that the McGuire family feels that the ultimate consequences of the death sentence for their father are the fault of others and of the government rather than due to the crime that McGuire voluntarily committed; perhaps this couple also thinks that execution for convicted violent criminals should be a pleasant “dignified reception” experience, to include hors d’oeuvres and desserts along with a chorus of lullabies.

So, should the public allow such executions to serve as opportunities to dignify violent criminals or as opportunities to deter other vicious, monstrous crimes?

Come, on folks — wake up!

William Boehringer Sr.

Snowmass Village