To the Editor:

The execution of convicted killer Dennis McGuire was called “an agonizing experiment and one that the citizens of Ohio should be appalled at what was done in their names.” His daughter appeared on television, obviously distraught at the suffering her father was exposed to. A defense lawyer stated that “all citizens have a right to expect that they will not be treated or punished in a cruel and unusual way.”

Mr. McGuire was in jail but alive and well for approximately 25 years after violently raping a young pregnant woman and then stabbing her to death. Perhaps the family and the husband of the young newlywed should be asked whether the 20 minutes it took for the killer to die was cruel.

I do not believe that individuals sentenced to death after having committed heinous crimes (proven in court without the shadow of doubt) should be kept incarcerated at government expense in excess of five years. It would be ironic if the death of a murderer becomes a financial bonanza to his family. In America, everything is possible. Some laws should be supplanted to place more emphasis on the victims’ rights.

Pedro C. Santiago


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Yes the execution went badly so? 20 Minutes was to fast, he deserved at least 30 minutes.
The victim's suffering was not without pain or fear,with the loss of child. The perpetrator raped a pregnant young lady then killed her. what less does he deserve? I would hope the law and state listen not to the complaints of the family of the the perpetrator of this hideous crime. The family should be content with his remains.


Maybe we should make a law that the victim of the killer should get all the benefits from the crime, like all the movie rights, money from books and the murderer and his family get nothing. I am sure it is hard for the family members of a convicted killer has a hard time, but we seem to forget the victim in all the cases.


I like that idea. Convicted felons have, in the past, been known to profit from their crimes -- or at least their family members have. I for one, would support national legislation to make sure any profits from books, movies, interviews, merchandizing, etc. went to the victims or their surviving family members.

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