Clayton Lockett Suffered. His Victim Suffered More.

Clayton Lockett (L) and Charles Warner (R) earned their places on Death Row.


I almost feel sorry for death penalty opponents.

When some miscreant breaks into an old woman’s home, beats, rapes and guts her like a trout, my argument is made for me.

“Joe Schmoe beat, raped and fileted a 77-year-old Bingo-playing grandmother like she was 90 pounds of sushi. He should be put to death for this horrendous atrocity.”

The other side has a tougher nut to crack.

“While yes, it is undeniably true Joe Schmoe did indeed beat, rape and filet a 77-year-old, Bingo-playing grandmother like she was 90 pounds of sushi, (and everyone is very much cross with Joe about that and nobody feels more awful about this than we do), we should still spare his life because he might be redeemable and killing him makes us no better than him killing her and the State murdering Joe is no different from Joe murdering that old woman.”

Good luck with that. I’d rather argue the other side.

Convicted murderer Clayton Lockett was put to death by the state of Oklahoma. They screwed it up.

It certainly appears like Mr. Lockett suffered a rather painful and horrible end.

So did Stephanie Neiman.

Mr. Lockett was not a nice man. In fact, it might be fair to say he’s a bit of an evil demon. The other gentleman scheduled for the hot-shot, Charles Warner is actually even more so.

Before I wring my hands in concern or squirt a single tear for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner over their possibly suffering a grisly, painful and lingering death, I’m going to ask two questions and only two: What did they do to get themselves strapped to a gurney and do they deserve to die for it?

  • Stephanie Neiman, 19: terrorized, beaten, raped, shot and buried alive in a grave with her mouth still covered with duct tape.
  • Adriana Walker, 11 months old: shaken, skull fractured in two places, jaw and ribs broken, lungs and spleen bruised and lungs lacerated, brain swollen, hemorrhaging found in her eyes and around the brain, anally raped.

Lockett got off easier than his victim.  If there were a way to kill him twice, he’d deserve it. When there are no more criminals like Lockett and Warner raping and torturing and murdering terrified teenagers and helpless infants there will be no more need to execute them.

Governor Mary Fallin rushed through Lockett’s execution and President Obama is troubled by that.

That day is not today and they both lived, lusted and laughed far, far longer than their victims.

Good-bye to both of them and good riddance.

Such a harsh judgment may muddy up my reputation as a good liberal, but I’ll take the hit.

There are prisoners more deserving of compassion and mercy than scum like this.

I want to see as much concern expressed for the victims of the crime and their suffering as there is for the perpetrators. Too often their plight is the center of the conversation and little to none given to the people whose lives they destroyed and the families they irrevocably shattered forever.

Present me with the option of feeling bad over how sorry an end Lockett’s last minutes of life were and they still won’t approach the horrors he put Stephanie Neiman through.

stephanie neimanI’m pro-death penalty with reservations. No one should ever be put to death if there is the faintest shadow of a doubt of their guilt or capacity for rehabilitation. The ultimate penalty should only be imposed for the most heinous and vicious crimes. Popping a clerk at a gas station during a robbery may not rise to that standard. Kidnapping, raping, and sadistically torturing a clerk at a gas station during a robbery before murdering them probably would.

The death penalty is disproportionately applied based upon race and class, haphazard in its application, unproven as a deterrent and unreliable as a method to offer any sort of closure to the families or protection of society.   I understand every argument made in opposition to capital punishment and I don’t pretend I have an equally logical argument for it.

I do have two reasons why I believe someone like Lockett and Warner should be put to death.

It does write a definitive end to the potential threat of a killer to offend again and their criminal acts end with their last heartbeat.

If you anally rape an 11-month-year-old baby to death, you should die.   It’s really that graphic and that simple.

You don’t rape babies to death and you live. You do rape babies to death and you die. See how easy that works? It’s a choice whether you stick your filthy little pecker into places you know it should not go. If you wish to live, do not put your penis in those places.

Because if you do, you’re a baby-raper and there’s nothing lower than that. May God have mercy on your rancid soul because I will have none. Zero tolerance. Ultimate penalty. Bottom line: You do really bad things and you die a really bad death.

The pain Lockett endured in his last moments is no worse than Stephanie Neiman endured buried alive under the dirt.   Don’t ask me to feel more sympathy for his life than he showed for hers.   If there is a way to kill a killer that is less painful and more “humane” than lethal injection, let’s try that.   I don’t advocate torturing the condemned, but I’m not concerned if they endure some discomfort.   Clayton Lockett caused enough of it for others.

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