Archive for October 30th, 2012

Killing “Closure”

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Donald Moeller

I hate the word “closure.” Besides being a psychobabble cliche, it’s rarely true.  People don’t “get on with their lives” once this make-believe state is achieved.  Simply, people’s lives don’t stop after a horrific event nor do they begin again normally once ‘closure’ is reached.

In terms of capital punishment, family victims who watch the execution of their loved one’s murderer are rarely satisfied. “That was too easy – I wish he suffered like my daughter suffered,” is a common refrain. I’ll bet we hear it again tonight after the execution of Donald Moeller.

Moeller is a disgusting human defect who raped and killed 9-year, Becky O’Connell in 1990. His appeals have run out and he’s scheduled to die tonight in South Dakota. The girl’s parents  have raised $1400-dollars from relatives to drive cross country to watch Moeller’s execution.

“I have waited 22 long years for this,” said Tina Curl, who arrived today in Sioux Falls. “He watched her die and I’m going to watch him die.”

Sadly, she’s going to be disappointed.

Three facts you might like to know:

1. America is the only country in the western, civilized world which still has executions.

2. It’s been proven time and again, capital punishment does not deter crime. And

3. Most Americans feel better about crime if we kill killers even though they know it does no good.