A paper which argues that the death sentence effectively deters crime.
The paper shows that among the various arguments that are in support of Capital Punishment, the statement that it offers a permanent method of removing a violent criminal from society is one that can be clearly demonstrated. The paper discusses how in some situations, the criminal mind has been seen to be so devious that the criminal manages to either escape or to elude capture long enough to become a serial murderer, thus becoming a threat to society in general. The Bill of Rights, or Amendments to the United States Constitution establishes the penalty guidelines for serious crime, and permits the ultimate penalty under the Due Process clause. The paper shows that when the criminal mind of a murderer becomes so aberrant that death becomes a way of life, society must use its ultimate, legal method of protecting itself from the person who has proven himself to be a walking threat. The paper focuses on the case of serial killer, Theodore Bundy.
“Perhaps one of the most extreme and notorious examples of a criminal mind that committed horrendous crimes against the citizens of the United States was the elusive serial murderer, Theodore Bundy. Described by those who knew him as bright if not brilliant, self-confident and charming, Bundy was an example of how a clever but deranged individual can move easily within a society, carefully selecting their unsuspecting victims at will. Due to the degree of antisocial depravity that was the driving force behind Bundy, the savagery of his crimes against young women was particularly violent.”