"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, May 29, 2009

"I saw a body lying and I saw a gentleman walking toward me with a head in his hand"

Poor Virginia Tech... beseiged by homicidal nutjobs, like Haiyan Zhu, who in absolute cold blood calmly severed his friend, Xin Yang's head in the campus cafe in front of shocked students, who instead of gang-tackling this monster either fled the room or cowered behind a counter describing the decapitation in progress to the 9-1-1 dispatcher.

What they saw as they stood passively by? "Zhu was on top of Yang, who was on the floor. Zhu stared at Yang's face as he cut through her neck. It wasn't really an angry face at all," said [the witness], at that point the only witness to the gruesome events. "It was just a really blank, determined look."

The campus cop will no doubt never see again in her career the sight that greeted her upon her arrival: "'I saw a body lying and I saw a gentleman walking toward me with a head in his hand,'" testified Nicole Irvine of the Virginia Tech Police Department.
Irvine said he dropped the head when she ordered him to put his hands in the air."


It's important continually to refer to actual crimes and the reality of their victims when discussing punishment, which far too often veers off into theory or into the defendants' pathologies. When the facts of these horrific cases are remembered, it tends to focus attention on the justice of the punishment. In this case, I can't imagine any reason why the taxpayers of this Commonwealth should suffer this monster to live on the dole in one of our fine correctional facilities for life.

How about instead some retributive justice for that Xin Yang, the poor girl who suffered such an unimaginable death?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Haiyan Zhu should be put to death, no question about it. It will be disappointing if he's allowed to live.