Sunday, October 14, 2012

Spree Killer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Starkweather

A teenage man and his minor girlfriend went on a murder spree in the late 1950's.  The man had murdered a shop attendant several months earlier.  They killed her parents and several other people, mostly strangers.  They were caught by the highway patrol after a high speed chase.  They used their bare hands, knife, rifle and shotgun to murder their victims.  The man was sentenced to death and he was executed very soon afterwards.  The woman was sentenced to life in prison, but was released on parole after less than 20 years.

This incident tells us that in a major incident the number of police is to properly cordon off an area and to conduct a proper search is huge.  Hundreds of officers were used in this search and hundreds more could have been used.  Being able to call and coordinate the activities of that many officers is a very difficult task.  Command staff should practice these skills at least annual and they should have agreements in place with other agencies to make it happen.

The suspect was found guilty and executed within a year of the crimes.  That was justice for the victims and kept society safe from any further rampage.  The woman was given life in prison, but was released after only 18 years, still very young and certainly young enough to pick up and do more heinous crimes.  People don't realize that life in prison does not typically mean that.  The death penalty should be used instead and should be swift in implementation.  Police unions should work hard to make that happen; that's what the SGT Says.

4 comments:

ccm2361 said...

I see no reason to feed, clothe & house killers & other violent criminals for life. Too many have been paroled only to kill again.

Bunkermeister said...

Prison guards should not have to guard these people for 30 years.

Protect_and_Serve said...

Unions do something good? That'll be the day. They're too busy taking your money and fighting for bad cops to keep their jobs.

Bunkermeister said...

When unions act like cops they are good, too often they forget who they are and don't care about public safety.