Murdering those who Murder
A mother whose children were murdered makes a plea to spare the life of the killer. Her plea was ignored.
An eye for an eye
In 1990, a drunk and drug-crazed Henry "Curtis" Jackson stabbed to death four of his young nieces and nephews. Regina Jackson, mother of two of the children, was attacked as well but survived. Despite an impassioned plea from both her and her sister, whose two children were also killed, to spare Curtis from death, the State of Mississippi executed him yesterday, June 5th. In her plea, Regina said "we can't take any more killing."
Ms. Jackson wrote to the Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, pointing out to him that if the state killed Curtis, "they're doing the same thing that he did." She declared to the press: "We are the victims in this case. We have been through enough. I stand before you today and say, God is Love. And I love my brother Curtis because of who he was, not because of the man he became that night."
Regina Jackson is right of course. It makes no sense to murder people who murder people, and it is past time to abolish the death penalty throughout the United States. Capital punishment is nothing more than a sacrifice on the altar of the gods of vengeance and political expediency. Indeed, I found it sickening when George W. Bush bragged about how many people he had executed when he was Governor of Texas. As Gandhi said, "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."