OK, call me wishy washy, but here is my position.
I am against the death penalty because I believe God is the only person who has the right to decide life or death (yet I am pro-choice, go figure.)
Duckie I am so sorry your mother had to go through what she did. Unfortunately, the way the system works, he could never have gotten the death penalty for insanity defense, is that correct? So either way, your monster would have walked. And there of course lies the biggest problem. Our constitution was created in a time where attacks by "savages" were the greatest concerns of our forefathers. Time for an update folks!! Screw history! It worked then, but it doesn't work anymore.
Let me also say, and it will be illogical, but I'll admit it. If anyone ever touched my kids, especially if I ever found out they were sexually abused, I would buy a gun, hunt down the perp, and blow his brains out with no regret!! In fact I can picture myself doing it quite calmly, emptying the whole gun into him, in startegic locations on his body. Starting at the groin and ending with his brains. I would be perfectly willing to serve my time for it if needed, I accept that I would be treated as a murderer and I would still do it anyway!!! I would also be willing to burn in hell for it, but I believe God is forgiving, and unless I got the wrong person, He would forgive me.
Here in NJ, the prisoners kill each other. Ambrose Harris a notorious killer took care of cop-killer The Mud Man while in prison, then there was the guy who did in Jeffery Dahmer in prison (not in NJ though), so eventually, maybe every dog will have his day!! Now I just wish someone would take care of Meghan Kanka's killer, Timedequas. If only he could share a cell with Ambrose for a week.