So I just finished reading Vincent Bugliosi’s account of the Charlie Manson trials. (If you are surprised by my reading choices during a vacation, remember that I have high blood pressure which I’m always trying to keep in check).
I have always been completely opposed to the death penalty for the obvious reasons. However, reading this kind of book is enough to make one wonder. At the time the book was updated several years ago, Charlie Manson – who hadn’t even been present when the crimes were committed – was incarcerated at a maximum security facility. The women who committed the brutal murders, however, were living in two-person cottages, kept getting married and spent their days making quilts, composing songs, and playing guitars. They never had to work for a day for their living. The taxpayers were the ones who had to work to keep these murderers in food, guitars, and wedding arrangements. They are all eligible for parole, too.
I didn’t suddenly become a death penalty supporter after reading the book. It did, however, disturb me. There is something deeply wrong here that needs to be repaired.