It was a most upsetting, disturbing and almost unbelievable news story. The convicted rapist and murderer of a 22-year-old pregnant (30 weeks) newlywed was put to death by the state of Ohio for his heinous crime. Due to the method of lethal injection, Dennis McGuire, the monster who committed this crime, “suffered” for 20 minutes or so with “air hunger.” End of story? Of course not.
Objecting to his “agony and terror,” the McGuire family (pictured in the Jan. 18 Post-Gazette) is now suing Ohio over this execution. It was difficult enough to read about this outrageous lawsuit, but to see the photo of this money-hungry family really made me angry. Nowhere was any sorrow visible on the faces of these three greedy antagonists for the victim, Joy Stewart, her unborn child or her surviving loved ones. How many minutes did Joy suffer “agony and terror” as their father kidnapped, raped, then stabbed her to death and killed her unborn baby? We can safely assume that it was much, much more than 20 minutes.
Please, can we stop giving attention to these criminals and their families? Why isn’t there a picture of Joy Stewart or her family? To me, this is like a slap in the face to the victim’s loved ones, who still endure heartbreaking anguish because of the crimes committed against those they cherished. I hope the lawsuit is thrown out and Joy Stewart’s family can begin to heal, although I can’t imagine ever completely getting over such a tragedy as this.