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85 Responses to Convicted Utah Killer Chooses His Method Of Death

  1. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 9:13 am
    Link: Convicted Utah Killer Chooses His Method Of Death - OK, I-A-B, as you know, some states allow people with death sentences how they die. This guy is going out old school...
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    Molehouse Male 13-17
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    May 3, 2010 at 9:43 am
    For me, it would be death by naked supermodel avalanche.
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 9:44 am
    That`s what I thought he was going to choose.
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    pui Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 9:44 am
    eh, I don`t really think that someone sentenced to death should get to choose how they die. Their victims didn`t get that choice.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 9:47 am
    If I had to choose, I would prefer to die drinking a cup of poison hemlock
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 9:47 am
    i would choose old age. just keep appealing and appealing, then appeal some more. by the time you know it, you`re 100 years old.
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    fancylady Female 30-39
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:00 am
    He was sentenced to death in 1985 but the legal issues have dragged it out until now .I think once someone is proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt they should just take them out and shoot them right after the court room .I wonder how much money was spent feeding and caring for this guy over the years .
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    dreadqueen00 Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:09 am
    I have to agree with pui. But I suppose the only thing that matters is that he will get he deserves. Can`t imagine why anyone would choose being shot over lethal injection--but hey, I`ve never been on death row.
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    dracokain Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:09 am
    I thought he was going to ask to be beheaded lol
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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:09 am
    "It`s so much easier and there`s no mistakes"

    As long as the guys aim properly...
    I say get the 5 guys together beforehand, 2 take the arms, 2 take the legs, and the 5th to the belly. Let him bleed out.

    Or is that cruel and unusual punishment?
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    Caretta Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:11 am
    Old school.
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:12 am
    "If I had to choose, I would prefer to die drinking a cup of poison hemlock"

    Wouldn`t that hurt like hell? I would guess the body would be trying to reject that and the pain would be immense. Or is it like a sedative-type of poison and it shuts everything down?
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    peahprincess Female 13-17
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:15 am
    ok injection or firing at me i choose old age please
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    MP3Daddy Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:17 am
    If you are sentenced to die for murder then you should die in the way your victim did
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    NottaSpy Male 40-49
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:24 am
    I would not want to be around someone who would agree to be on a firing squad. I could never imagine pointing a rifle at the heart of an unarmed, bound and hooded stranger, and pulling the trigger.
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    Reignblazer Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:27 am
    Death penalty...hmm.
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    Oystah Female 40-49
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:30 am
    Mmm, firing squad it weird. I agree w/Nottaspy.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:32 am
    Why not save some money and just use a bolt gun?
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:34 am
    @NottaSpy

    In a firing squad they ,mix up blanks and live bullets so no one knows who`s doing it technically unless you aim at a strange spot.
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    KannaLilly Female 13-17
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:38 am
    Hold on, did that say he was sentenced in 1985?
    1985?!
    I know these things often take several years, but 25? isn`t that a bit much?
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:44 am
    They should fill each rifle with as much ammo as it will hold... and give the executioners an extra box of ammo too. Then, they could just shoot at non-vital areas of the bad-guy first, drink a few beers and laugh it up, then, as they get lower on ammo, and more drunk, they could start taking bets on who can get the closest to his heart while wearing a blindfold - even the killer could get in on the bet. I`d like to see the process last an hour or two.
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    inaria Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:45 am
    @Nidonemo...Poison Hemlock gives you a high at first (related to nicotine) then shuts down your nervous system...coma then death. Seems like it wouldn`t be a horrible way to die...but...hard to judge, not having experienced it :P
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    inaria Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:50 am
    @fancylady--Harsh! but I think I agree...While I have some problems with the death penalty (i.e. accidentally killing people who are innocent), if there is no doubt at all, then I think the greater injustice is the amount of taxpayer money going into housing, feeding, and possibly schooling a murderer for the rest of his life...:\
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:58 am
    Republican state Rep. Sheryl Allen.."I fear that the proper attention will not be paid to the victims of the crime and the atrocity of the crime."

    and when does that ever happen?? Almost never.
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    HOBYandy Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 11:02 am
    Considering this is on I-A-B, I kinda figured the guy wanted to be spooned to death or something.
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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
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    May 3, 2010 at 11:15 am
    personally if you committed murder, and you get the death sentence, you shouldnt get to choose how you die. after all your victim/victims didnt get to choose.
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    steve41high Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 11:33 am
    o yeah i forgot how backwards america was with the death penalty.
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    steve41high Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 11:33 am
    and whats wrong with drug-fulled sex induced heart attack
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    zekumi Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 11:37 am
    That`s... not very interesting. Or unique.

    I thought it was going to be death by Komodo dragon or something.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    May 3, 2010 at 11:59 am
    This would be good if it was death by eel insertion.
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    Mickets Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm
    This is sad.
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    brownsugar3 Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    doesn`t he look like the bad guy convict from Con Air...i thought his final wish would be to get killed by a long hair Nicholas Cage
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    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    I was expecting hanging. But this works too.
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    daisy822 Female 13-17
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    May 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    awwwww! i was hoping for guillotine D:
  35. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    ""If I had to choose, I would prefer to die drinking a cup of poison hemlock"

    Wouldn`t that hurt like hell? I would guess the body would be trying to reject that and the pain would be immense. Or is it like a sedative-type of poison and it shuts everything down?"

    Its more like the second kind, It was what Socrates drank when he was sentenced to death and give him enough time to talk about the soul and the after life with his disciples before dying
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    Fealiks Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm
    I really don`t see the point in this. Killing him 25 years after his crime fulfils none of the aims of punishment apart from the two bullpoo ones (vindication and retribution).
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    Nerdfighter0 Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    At least he gets a choice.
    But I don`t think I could take the knowledge of knowing when and how I were to die.
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    Mikeado Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    Choosing the method of death reminded me of Monty Python`s `The Meaning Of Life` when the guy is chased off a cliff to his deathby topless women in helmets :D

    If I could choose any method of death I might choose to be given a very expensive supercar or race car to crash spectacularly on a twisty stretch of road or a track. What if I don`t die? A big remote-controlled bomb attatched to the car goes off. Or I could re-enact the end of Vanishing Point.
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    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
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    May 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    I`ve heard of one other person selecting a firing squad years ago, I am wondering how quick it would be to die providing they hit you in a vital area. I mean if it is quick might be a good choice,
    I also always wondered if it would be a good idea to kill people on death row the way they killed their victims.
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    KeePay Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm
    I`d take the Monty Python`s Meaning of Life execution.

    Chased off a cliff by a swarm of topless women.
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    IssaTheFiend Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm
    I`d choose firing squat versus lethal injection. (lamest execution ever)
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    rakoonhat Female 30-39
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    May 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm
    prisons have strange ways if operating anymore
    i will never understand why its okay to kill someone for killing someone. i ve heard because they cant keep 5 million murders in prison, theres no room. the fix to that would be to quit arresting people and giving them years of prison time for possesion charges...its just stupid and wastes our money
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    MrVandercar Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    damn it, keepay, i was gonna say that!
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    MrVandercar Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm
    Issa, i believe you mean firey* squat, where a guard eats taco bell then diarrheas on yer face till you drown.
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    NotHerAgain Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm
    Wow, all of a sudden Utah kicks ass.
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    Victory7 Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    He may be a murderer, but something about his choice makes me admire him in a strange way. Mostly because that`s how I would want to go out. There`s nothing poetic or human about lethal injection.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    if only they had watched monty python, where they chose to be chased by naked woman and they jump off a cliff, or futurama - having sex until they die frome exhaustion!
  48. Profile photo of IssaTheFiend
    IssaTheFiend Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm
    *Squad.

    Opps.

    Damn Vandercar that is a terrible way to go. XD
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    donkeydong21 Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm
    "I would like the firing squad, please." haha douche
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    Boadicea Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm
    His Mormon heritage inclines him toward a firing squad death? What a strange thing to say. Oh well I hope he enjoys hell.
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    shishkabob Male 13-17
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    May 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm
    the housing and feeding of the prisoners isnt what makes death row so expensive, its all the appeals and court fees because you can appeal as many times a you want,most times its actually cheaper for life in prison, and in my opinion i think life in prison is worse, as long as it isnt at one of the pansy prisons that give you nice cells and tvs and crap
  52. Profile photo of OrangeMomo
    OrangeMomo Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    @fatninja01
    Death by snu snu!!
  53. Profile photo of Raberboom
    Raberboom Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm
    ".....or futurama - having sex until they die frome exhaustion!"

    Thats what i was thinking... Death by Snoo Snoo!!!

    plus he could say that it goes with his mormon heritage.
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    Oscola Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm
    haha, "hmmmm, lethal injection or firing squad, lethal injection or firing squad? I`ll take a firing squad please."
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    His meaningless existence will end in a humorous fashion.
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    TheSharpest Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm
    Snoo-snoo!
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    vorpalsword Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm
    I thought he wanted hanging, and btw I hate to post an unrelated comment but why do we have advertisements for furry sites on IAB, WTF?
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    LemonTarte Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm
    I was expecting Guillotine as well. Sounds like the easiest/least painful execution.
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    BoomBox Male 13-17
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    May 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm
    I don`t really guess why this is a big deal. Okay, he choice the firing squad. I was thinking he choice something crazy, like to be dropped in a pit of alligators.
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    Seastone Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm
    I kind of feel bad for the officers who have to shoot him. It`s a much more direct way of executing someone than hanging him or giving him a lethal injection. You have to look at this fellow standing there unarmed and pull a trigger in cold blood. Ick.
  61. Profile photo of MizzMe
    MizzMe Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm
    I get your point, Seastone, but somebody help me out here...how is choosing the firing squad "embarrassing the state"? I mean, isn`t it a massive fail no matter what happens? In the end, who really loses?

    Thoughts?
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    Vindictive Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm
    -crosses fingers- guillotine, guillotine...!

    firing squad? pussy move!
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    DubleU Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm
    @ Seastone: Really?? If that guy killed someone I knew, I would happily pull the trigger on that SOB.
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    May 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm
    Hell it`s Utah, he`s bound to die horribly anyhow. I`m all for Capital Punishment for the same reason I`m all for Abortion. Too many a-holes and unwanted children on the planet already.
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    May 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm
    Let me get this straight, he killed a lawyer and they aren`t building a theme park in his honor? Being a recent/former Florida resident, I`d choose Ol` Sparky, because lethal injection is for pussies, and they don`t offer firing squads or guillotines.What they should offer is the "Muffin Monster" from `30 days of night`.HELL YEAH! Just toss `em in! I`d do a swan dive! EEF-`em!
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    Uncertainty Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm
    @MizzMe, I think he meant it to be embarrassing in a sense of "Look how brutal this is!" Kind of saying that it`s awful that they allow for these things to happen? That`s the only idea I have.
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    May 3, 2010 at 9:28 pm
    Ronnie Lee Gardner
    death row
    P.O.Box 250
    Draper,UT 84020
    Write this young lad a letter.
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    IshiiDaFishy Male 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm
    I`d do it. Or guillotine. If I was getting killed off, I`m gonna make SOMEBODY clean up the mess.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    May 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm
    I think I`d choose old age.

    And believe me, there`d be a hell of a lot more mess for someone else to clean up than if they shot me.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm
    Capital punishment is such a travesty anyway. Inhumane and a complete waste of money and resources. But if I had to be executed, I wouldn`t mind a firing squad. As long as the people shooting me are excellent shots.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    May 3, 2010 at 11:26 pm
    Well- it is his choice, if you have capital punishment it should be as painless as possible, I assume a bullet in the brain is as good as it gets. The fact that capital punishment is obscene may be an argument for another day!
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    kimkio Female 18-29
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    May 3, 2010 at 11:47 pm
    if i was a convicted murderer who can choose the way of her execution, i`d want the guillotine.

    i`ve always wondered how does it feels.
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    Krenmu Male 18-29
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    May 4, 2010 at 3:18 am
    Apparently not everyone is on the up and up about how exactly a firing squad works...to avoid the guilt of the shooters that is...here is a hint, not everyone has a real bullet.
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    Creabhain Male 40-49
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    May 4, 2010 at 4:10 am
    @Madduck
    "I assume a bullet in the brain is as good as it gets."

    I`m pretty sure a firing squad aim for the heart not the brain. One guy has a blank but no one knows who.
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    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    May 4, 2010 at 5:14 am
    what does his mormon heritage have to do with wanting a firing squad? pretty sure mormon heritage has more to do with NOT killing people. just seems weird that he said that, you know?

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    shneeblefish Male 18-29
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    May 4, 2010 at 6:04 am
    "if you have capital punishment it should be as painless as possible, I assume a bullet in the brain is as good as it gets."

    I dunno, I`d probably pick lethal injection - isn`t that an anaesthetic then something lethal? That way the only pain you have is the first needle going in then you go to sleep and don`t wake up
  77. Profile photo of shneeblefish
    shneeblefish Male 18-29
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    May 4, 2010 at 6:09 am
    "Snoo-snoo!"

    "What did they die of?"
    "Crushed pelvises!"
    *all look horrified, Fry and Zapp alternating to grins*

    I think that`d probably be quite painful... death by snoo snoo from women twice your size...
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    shneeblefish Male 18-29
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    May 4, 2010 at 6:20 am
    "I also always wondered if it would be a good idea to kill people on death row the way they killed their victims."

    have the punishment fit the crime... I can see the sense in that but it`d probably be a little impractical.
    And I think it was the ancient greeks who thought that up too - if someone burnt a house down, killing the people inside they were burnt to death.

    And how about Jeremy Clarkson with a koenigsegg
  79. Profile photo of greatjob
    greatjob Male 18-29
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    May 4, 2010 at 6:49 am
    Too bad we cant have an even more painful way to kill murders...
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    TheSpoon Male 18-29
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    May 4, 2010 at 7:12 am
    if i had to choose my death sentence... i think id just ask for natural causes please :D
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    Ten_Speed Male 30-39
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    May 4, 2010 at 7:48 am
    Problem with the death penalty is it`s not used nearly enough. The rest of the country should follow Texes` lead and put in an express lane to it.
    On a more serious note however; the death penalty should be used more often with less appeals. We have DNA and all that other nifty stuff that doesn`t lie. It`s just the way we collect our evidence and such that`s messed up not the system.
  82. Profile photo of moefreak
    moefreak Female 18-29
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    May 4, 2010 at 9:33 am
    ten_speed, you`ve been watching too much CSI methinks. People have a completely twisted perception nowadays about how often any viable DNA evidence is available in crimes. For example, in CSI they often say "your hair was found in this persons house, how do you explain that". Perhaps the hair was stuck on someone`s shoe, and thus travelled to your house. How many hairs do you think you have from random people in your house right now? The trouble is, juries nowadays are unwilling to find someone guilty unless there is DNA evidence, because they think that`s the only way to know for sure that someone is guilty. Most often there is no DNA evidence.
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    feiku Female 18-29
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    May 4, 2010 at 11:45 am
    moefreak- I watch forensic files (the real-life version of CSI) and while CSI is a huge exaggeration of how things proceed in real life, methods of gathering forensic evidence and DNA evidence have improved GREATLY. It`s not like they`ll find a random hair and go "IT`S THEM". It`s only if the person had some sort of connection to the victim and if the hair would be unusual at the scene had it gotten there any other way.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    May 4, 2010 at 11:54 am
    Yeah I know feiku. I was just trying to say to ten_speed that putting an "express lane" to execution is not really the best way to go about it. Just because DNA evidence exists, it`s not a clear case of "Oh that proves he was there and must have done it, let`s put him to death now".
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    Linkenberger Male 18-29
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    May 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    "He was sentenced to death in 1985, but legal proceedings have dragged on since then."

    25 years, not bad for the legal department. I mean, he`s only a convicted killer and all.

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