grow up already

watching a capitol punishment show
July 6, 2010, 10:48 pm
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recorded the “explorer: inside death row” show on nat geo today. i’m like 15 minutes in and i’m already crying for the guy that’s going to get the lethal injection and agreeing with the former warden who helped with “over 100” executions and says, “we knew what they had done…and it wasn’t pretty…there weren’t any guys who ‘i don’t know if they should have gotten the death sentence for this or not, no man they should’ve shot him the minute they found him.'” the guy that is about to get executed is david martinez. he bludgeoned to death a girlfriend and her son in a drunken rage. the show never brings up the forensics or any proof whether or not he did it; we are lead to just assume that yes, questions regarding his innocence have been asked, and that is why they are covering him.

i guess what is left is how we are supposed to feel about him dying, and his speaking about dying to a camera and knowing about dying ahead of time. even his victims had the luxury of not knowing, if that is a luxury at all. and we are supposed to think about his family members and how they feel, as well as the family members of the woman and young boy he killed. it seems like lose/lose for all involved. the father of the young boy killed by martinez says he wishes his lethal injection would’ve been more violent and painful, to more closely match the pain martinez inflicted upon his son. and martinez’s daughter is there, viewing his body afterwards, sobbing. it is heartbreaking. but both are! what is more sad, honestly?

what we don’t see are the victim’s families reactions to the news of the death of their own.

creating this sadness for martinez’s family isn’t “winning,” but i still think that, as in history until now, vengeance is as human of an urge as any. no matter how civilized we are, it still brings some type of comfort to a lot of victim’s familys. god i don’t want to know what kind of comfort that is. i don’t think it’s the type of comfort you or i may know about, ever.


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