Yeah mate, he was a terrifying psycho - cant imagine what it was like to live there, at that time. He was sacked from his position in the 70's; as a cop, when he was caught shoplifting (dog-repellant and a hammer)...this kind of behaviour; given the context of his murders and sadistic streak brings to mind Robert Durst.I lived in one of the locations the EAR struck repeatedly during the late '70's. He terrorized whole neighborhoods, I mean...it was a really bad time. SOB was finally caught last week! Took those fools 40 years to get him. Part of how he did what he did? He was a cop at the time. That helped him evade capture.
I knew a guy, he was a teacher and I was one of his students. Man, he was freaken scary. He would just lie about anything to make himself look impressive and he was so convincing. His whole way of behaving would send chills down my spine. He always struck me as the kind of guy who'd kill you without a care in the world if he knew he'd get away with it. It's hard to explain exactly what was so off putting about him, it was just everything about him.Forgot to mention I have a friend who lives in Georgia who had a chilling encounter on a remote part of the Appalachian Trail with Eric Rudolph, the guy who liked to bomb abortion clinics and gay bars across the south (not to mention the 1996 Olympics). Couldn't place why the guy seemed familiar to him then realized after the fact that it was from all the news coverage of the various bombings. It wasn't just a bad vibe. He wasn't dressed for, or carrying any of the gear you usually expect hikers to have, plus he just radiated bad vibes. Not too long after that some rookie cop in Murphy, North Carolina collared him while he was dumpster diving behind a strip mall.
These sorts of wannabe killers who haven't the slightest idea of how to successfully kill a person without getting fucked in the process and/or getting caught make me cringe.Wow, creepy. I had a disturbing encounter with a guy out on a trail (not the AT, it was off the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC), I was with my girlfriend at the time. He was really nervous and shifty and had a strange way about him. We bumped into him going the opposite direction, near the end of a 4 mile hike to a remote waterfall. Pretty quickly he turned around and was walking up really fast on us. He stayed a certain distance behind us and every time I'd look back at him he'd stop for a second and pretend to be looking at something else. And then keep coming. Eventually we stopped to let him go by and he stopped the same distance behind us and wouldn't start going again. Finally I waved him over and he told us he was afraid of a bear and then he veered off into some shit about living with his mom and I was just getting really weird vibes from him. It grew awkward and we were like... well... maybe let's get moving on. But we waited for him to go by. But he wouldn't. When we kept going he started following behind us again and always falling behind a bit as I'd watch him and then he'd walk really fast to almost catch up again and he'd always stop with us but stay back. The hairs on the back of my neck were standing up, I felt a distinct threat from this guy although I also kept thinking maybe he's just a very socially awkward guy who was legitimately afraid of a bear he saw and wanted to not be far from other people. In any case I felt such a sense of threat that I casually got out of my pocket knife and held it there, so like, maybe he could see it a little but I didn't want to overtly threaten him. Then after a while he kept getting closer so I picked up a big branch and swung it around like a club in the air in front of me a few times, and looked back at him, and he actually stopped and hung back and we didn't see him again... we were also getting close to the cars at this point.
^ why? A carried out death penalty costs more than the same person serving life, on average. In neither case are they getting out, so to me the only reason one would support the death penalty is for vengeance and similar emotional reasons, which is hypocritical at best, raw abhorrent bloodlust at worst - and it tends to be the latter.
Completely agree, Xorgoth.I have to say that I agree with the death penalty for true psychopaths like that, or serial killers. We don't need to keep them in prison for 20 years and then kill them, just get it over with. I disagree with the death penalty for many of the cases in which they've used it, however.
Actually, psychopaths tend to fall on the higher end of the intellect scale. That's why they are so successful. You may hear about the odd psychotic individual, but psychopaths who are good at manipulating other human beings, planning homicide and so on, they're quite smart.Most of these people are intelectually deficient anyway or are borderline retarded - apart from the rare one.
In US, a death sentence means you stay on Death Row with plenty of appeals and other stuff available to you. Basically if you play your cards right, you get at least 10 years of pretty costly imprisonment with all the lawyer-y running around one can conduct. You can appeal your cases to multiple courts, each appeal costing time and money of people working in the law industry. This article might interest you.How can injections cost more - reference, please?
Lol, now that was unexpected. I'm politically correct? I recommend reading my posts....PC nonsense...
To each their own. You can't change a human being in these extreme cases (or in most cases actually). It's not about compassion, it's about trying to understand the human mind no matter how depraved it may get, and trying to work from there. Burying your head in the sand won't stop humans from committing these acts. What we can do is try to understand, and using that knowledge - prevent the next case....and dont forget the good 'ol necrophiliac killers - Aw- they are so misguided - just a little compassion for them, eh? A few lessons from a local university or, craft will set them on the right path - even at the expense of their cell-mates, eh?
Interestingly enough, that is how most psychopaths function. It's cold logic in order to attain their needs. Manipulation, deception, whatever. After all, we're all biochemical mechanisms at work and aren't beyond external stimuli like someone telling you they're going to help you. Easiest way to get into one's head is to pretend to be a friend willing to help.Ugh that guy is horrific, I can't get past about 3 minutes holy shit.
Death penalty is a tricky subject. There have been many cases where wrong evidence, racism, political leaning, and other factors, have resulted in innocent people getting killed. Even in the most serious cases.I have to say that I agree with the death penalty for true psychopaths like that, or serial killers. We don't need to keep them in prison for 20 years and then kill them, just get it over with. I disagree with the death penalty for many of the cases in which they've used it, however.