You have a vicious, unprovoked, random murder, with 36 eyewitnesses. You have desecration of the body, including canibalism. You have a murderer who declares himself guilty, and asks to be killed. You have a young man’s life snuffed out for no reason, and a grieving group of family and friends forced to live with the grisly details of the crime repeated over and over in public, until their dying day.
The conventional wisdom platitudes are wrong. Without the death penalty in a case like this, we become an uncivilized nation. Without punishment for inhuman behavior, and justice for victims of murder, we lose what elevates us above the vicious randomness of the animal kingdom.
The barbarity of a nation without capital punishment should be apparent to all.