Death Row Syndrome: Michael Ross And The Death Penalty

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Register to read the introduction… During a typical stay in death row, they are confined to a cell 23 hours a day, eating 3 nutritionally balanced meals, and brooding the facts of their case. It has been documented that some do end up going clinically insane. One such case is Michael Ross, who was convicted of killing 4 women, confessed to killing 8. Once on death row, it didn’t take long to for Ross to slowly stop filing appeals that other death row inmates love to file. He had simply given up, deciding that life on death row was worse than death itself(Time on Death Row). As years have gone by, the time spent on death row has seemed to increase, where one may be sentenced to death row when they are 27, one does not “check out” of death row until they are well into their 50’s. But what if the death sentence was implemented from the …show more content…
Hypothetically, this killer had gone to great lengths to boast of his killings, sat in the courtroom smug and smiling at the victims’ families as the judge and jury read the sentence, only to find out that this man, this monster would not receive death for his punishment, but would live for X amount of years in a cell, getting 3 decent meals a day, get to watch television, have recess, and learn as much about the appeals process, and quite possibly find a way to prove his undeniable innocence. All because there is no death penalty in that state. Imagine you are the one whose brother, sister, mother or child, had been slain. Imagine the killer smiling at you, as you see the murder in your mind over and over. It’s enough to make anyone sick. How can the government let a murderer live? When the World Trade Center was bombed on September 11th, 2001; it did not stop the government from issuing a “shoot on site” execution order for Osama Bin laden. This is basically the same as our death penalty now. John McAdams from the Marquette University/Department of Political Science said “If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would much

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