Let's televise executions, but also explain the plight of the victims

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I agree with Tony Norman (“Put the Horror of Executions on Public View,” July 25); we should televise executions, with one addition. At the same time, on split-screen TV, the reason the person is being executed should be told, along with police photos of the crime scene, realistic re-enactments of the crime and also the impact that the crime had on relatives and loved ones of the victim(s). Their story should be told either by them or a narrator.

Mr. Norman made only passing mention in his column of the double murder for which Joseph Rudolph Wood was convicted. There was nothing at all about the impact of those murders for the last 25 years on relatives and friends of the victims. The killer had 25 extra years of life; those murdered lost their lives 25 years ago.

My sympathy is with them, not with their murderer — no matter how long it took him to die. Why Tony Norman cares more about a murderer than the victims is beyond me.

MIKE ROCK
South Fayette


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