Devil’s Advocate…….

A man held in a darkened room

His tormentors ever watchful

Playing games with his fragile mind

They dangle hope before him

Will freedom come before death?

These words repeated over. Days

Weeks, months, never ending

Torture exquisite, intentionally refined

Years in debilitating isolation

Hope and death the only constant

The first is lost, his captors proclaim

Holding him down, the waiting crowd

Leans forwards. Morbid fascination

Sustained and fueled by righteous anger

The terror in his eyes shines bright

But there is no reprieve. We are right

They say and, with that, his light goes out………

Years of  imprisonment, mental and emotional torture carried out on a daily basis before finally murdering a man in cold blood. There is no remorse from any of the perpetrators and they believe that they have every right to do what they have done. Do you think that they deserve the death penalty for their crimes?

What’s described here IS the death penalty. Is it ever deserved?

What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.






  29 comments for “Devil’s Advocate…….

  1. October 22, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Wow. This is a powerful piece, very timely.

    Death penalty? I am pro life, but, when you take a life, you should be punished for it.

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    • October 22, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Thank you :O) x
      But what should the punishment be……..?

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      • October 22, 2018 at 8:45 am

        Death. Anyone who mercilessly kills a person should be put to death, no better punishment than that.

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      • October 22, 2018 at 8:46 am

        So the punishment for someone who mercilessly kills is to be mercilessly killed?


      • October 22, 2018 at 8:47 am

        Yes. That’s justice, for me. You killed someone, you took their life away from them, so what better punishment do you deserve? Your life to be taken away from you too.

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      • October 22, 2018 at 8:54 am

        Whatever the circumstances? If someone is schizophrenic and they kill someone believing that they are possessed by a devil who’s mission is to destroy the planet? Would they deserve to lose their life?


      • October 22, 2018 at 9:14 am

        I think if the killer is suffering with a disorder that would lead him to take a life, accidentally. That’s a different thing, he needs help. Taking his life would be futile and meaningless.

        I will only agree to put down or execute someone if he’s a true blood murderer, someone with a motive, someone who’s willing to kill for the pleasure of it, or revenge.

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      • October 22, 2018 at 9:34 am

        Ok so what if a drunk driver, someone who drinks or takes drugs and then deliberately gets behind the wheel, kills a man’s wife and his only child? In his pain and grief he kills that man. Should he die too? With the logic of the death penalty- a life for a life – he should have that right…


      • October 22, 2018 at 9:37 am

        It changes the opinion once something so innocent is involved. For me, I can only agree with the death penalty if the who will die is totally evil.

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      • October 22, 2018 at 9:40 am

        Someone who is born evil due to an accident of genetics or someone who becomes evil as a result of their environment and circumstances?


      • October 22, 2018 at 9:42 am

        Someone who becomes evil as a result of their environment and circumstances.

        What circumstances? Like an abusive childhood? A failed life? A life without support, a life full of violence?

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      • October 22, 2018 at 2:34 pm

        Yes, if the only thing someone has ever known in their life is abuse and violence and never experienced love…..


  2. October 22, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Were you thinking of death row in the USA? I think that is the most barbaric system. One of the many reasons I think our closest ties are wth the European Union.

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  3. October 22, 2018 at 9:04 am

    I believe the death penalty is never justified. What if the person may be innocent? Even if they are a cold blooded killer how will it help anything to have them die too?

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    • October 22, 2018 at 9:07 am

      You’re right, there is always the risk that the person didn’t do it – good point x

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  4. October 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Fantastic writing! Love the way you tell a story in a lyrical form!

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  5. October 22, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I just don’t know! If an individual killed, or hurt, someone you hold dearly, then an individual’s reaction may be to want to hurt, or kill, in response. My wife, and I, often comment, abstractly, that pedophiles should be hung up by the testicles and left to rot. But what if that person is mentally ill in some way, and incapable of knowing right from wrong? You ask a very pertinent question, to which there is no one correct answer.

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    • October 22, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      You’re right Peter it’s a very complex subject with no correct answer. I just feel that, if it’s wrong for individuals to kill it must also be wrong for the State to do it in the name of the law especially as, the death penalty is pre-meditated and done in cold blood….

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      • October 23, 2018 at 2:36 pm

        I feel that the way the ‘state’ works is that innocent people will always be killed. It often isn’t about ‘truth’ but about looking like justice was done. Very different things. There are also motives within the system for people lie, as they get a wage to conform… follow the money and you get the system we have.

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      • October 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm

        Not sure I understand what you mean about following the money Tim…..

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      • October 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm

        everyone’s motives are determining by who pays their wage. In a complex system this can easily mean that ‘truth’ isn’t served. but survival within a system to generate wage security.


  6. October 22, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Death penalty should be given for heinous crimes. Murder , rape and kidnapping are the sort of crimes that deserve the maximum penalty. Punishment is a deterrent.

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    • October 22, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      If that were true then there would be no murders in States that carry the death penalty surely…..

      Liked by 1 person

  7. October 24, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Wow! Thoughtful post.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Joe821
    October 27, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I believe that, while in theory the death penalty would be necessary, in practice it never really is. There are no guarantees in life which means that people can always change. It is only a question of if people change for the better. There is a reason Hammurabi’s Code, “eye for an eye,” is no longer a societal norm (except for prisoners, apparently).

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