The Death Penalty is a Necessary Deterrent to Crime Essay

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The Death Penalty is a Necessary Deterrent to Crime


Murder and rape are serious crimes, although they aren't the only crimes that could be considered serious. Others that might be considered are stealing, which has numerous categories under it such as grand theft auto, etc… The following story is the true account of a young female named Donna. This story tells of Donna's rape and then her murder by a man named McCorquodale and his friend Leroy. The author is telling this story in order to create the mental picture of what murder and rape really are.

"…The appellant, after telling Donna how pretty she was, raised his fist and hit her across the face. When she stood up, he grabbed her by her blouse, ripping it off and tied her hands
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By this time, it was approximately six a.m. on the morning of January 17.

McCorquodale soon returned to the apartment and asked Bonnie for her trunk. . . . Donna's body was then placed in the trunk and the trunk was placed in the closet behind the curtains. McCorquodale and Leroy then went to sleep on the couch in the living room for the greater portion of the day, leaving the apartment sometime during the afternoon.

Shortly after 8 p.m. McCorquodale arrived at the apartment. and then carried the trunk to [the] car. When McCorquodale and Larry returned to the apartment they told Linda that the body had been dumped out of the truck into a road and that the trunk was placed under some boxes in a 'Dempsy Dumpster.' Donna's body was found about half a mile off Highway No.42 in Clayton County" (Haag).

The death penalty has been around in the United States since it became a country and even dating back to the colonial days. Methods such as lethal gas, hanging, and firing squads have been used, although the most common methods are the lethal injection and the electric chair. The first execution that was ever recorded was in 1608 in Jamestown. Executions never really stopped until 1967 when a short ban was put on them, allowing the Supreme Court to review the constitutionallity of the death penalty. The death penalty was then gained back later, after the review.

As the death penalty has been around so has the crimes that we punish by death. Over the years…