Friday, July 08, 2005

Guerilla Gorilla:
Evil Goes Unpunished

[It's Friday, and that means it's time for Guerilla Gorilla. I have excised certain profanities from his post to keep Toner Mishap relatively clean.]

Saturday in Idaho authorities arrested Joseph Edward Duncan III on suspicion of having bludgeoned to death a woman, her boyfriend, and two of her children. One more evil f***er arrested, right? Sort of.

Duncan, now 42, had been convicted of raping and torturing a 14-year-old Tacoma boy in 1980 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his crimes, which also included threatening the boy with a stolen gun, beating him, and burning him with a cigarette. After his arrest, Duncan told officials he had raped as many as 13 other young boys, and that he was haunted by violent sexual fantasies.

At the end of those 20 years, despite findings that Duncan was a "sexual psychopath" with sadistic tendencies, a state psychologist determined that he was not a violent predator. So he was released.

And that brings us up-to-date on the f***ed-up state of our legal system, in which a crazy psycho f*** can rape, torture, and kill -- as long as he takes some time out between torturing and killing to lift some weights in prison.

Do you really need a gorilla to tell you that this is totally f***ed-up? That monsters like Duncan should never see the light of day again? If you ever have the chance to decide whether to be too tough on criminals or too easy, don't think twice about it; err on the side of protecting innocent people, and keep these guys chained up like the animals they are. Execute him, don't execute him; I don't care -- but at least lock up the evil son-of-a-bitch and throw away the key.



Josh said...

Sorry, I can't agree on this one.

Yes, if someone has committed a horrible crime and we prove it in court, then we should have appropriate sentencing. My guess is that 20 years a pretty tough sentence in a rape case. Maybe that needs to change.

As long as there is due process, then sure, lock someone away for life, but the whole Gitmo thing makes me nervous about defining people as animals and then arbitrarily locking them away.

The legal system isn't perfect, but it's very necessary if we're to retain any semblance of freedom.

Guerilla Gorilla said...

Twenty years is plenty, unless you're an unrepentant recidivist like Duncan who, upon release, tortures and kills. [grunt]

andrea said...

here comes an over simplification. but. if he was black, he would never have seen the light of day.

-black man

Jack's Shack said...

Hi Andrea,

I disagree. I don't think that race has anything to do with it.