I am a staunch opponent of the death penalty. It is not a deterrent. Never has been. And I don't believe we deserve the responsibility of deciding who lives and who dies in a society.
Someone asked me today if I would support the death penalty for the man who killed Amy Mihaljevic, after having spent so long tracking him down, knowing he managed to remain free for 25 years. I had to think about it.
But, no. No, I would not want to see this man put to death.
In fact, if he were willing to come forward and own up to his mistake I would be the first to contribute to his defense.
Because I truly think this was a mistake. I don't believe he knew what he was doing when he met with Amy that day. I don't think he knew it would lead to an abduction. And I doubt murder even entered his mind... until it was too late. I believe this was the only time he's killed.
That said, while I would offer help, it would come with a condition: that he admit what he did. And that he ask to remain in prison for at least the length of time he remained free-- 25 years.
At this point, what we hope for is closure. An answer for this deed. That is the only good that can come from it now. And the Mihaljevics and Bay Village deserve as much closure as this man can give them. Now.
If he waits until Torsney and the Bay Village Police (who are actively working the case daily, again) knock on his door, any chance he has for a deal is over.