Report - Pollard 1 Deja Pollard Bourdier 1302 5th period 1 March 2019 How Severity Should Effect Capital Punishment Capital punishment started in the

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Pollard 1 Deja Pollard Bourdier 1302, 5th period 1 March 2019 How Severity Should Effect Capital Punishment Capital punishment started in the eighteenth century B.C. and since then has constantly been the topic of debates. Some believe that it is morally wrong for the state to take a life regardless of how revolting the crime is, but in the case of the criminals who have committed crimes that are so brutal, their actions cannot be easily forgiven. When someone receives the death penalty, the severity and background of a criminal should strictly determine their sentence. Serial killers are often characterized as people with psychotic behavior that lack a sense of remorse or guilt. Their appalling crimes allow them to earn the label of unhinged and demented. Albert Fish happens to be one of those people who undoubtedly deserve the title. When describing Albert Fish's attributes, World of Criminal Justice stated “In addition to being a sadistic child killer, Fish also displayed the following sexual deviations, among others: voyeurism, exhibitionism, masochism, fetishism, pedophilia, and cannibalism” (para. 1). In short, Fish was a cannibalistic pedophile that gained sexual pleasure from others’ pain. Although, as World of Criminal Justice stated “it is not known for sure when Fish began killing or how many victims he murdered, it is believed that his killing began sometime in 1924 and that he killed as many as sixteen children” (para. 2), the most known crime that he committed was the kidnapping and murder of Grace “Gracie” Budd who was only ten years old when she was brutally murdered. Albert Fish, who told the young girl’s parents that she was being taken to the birthday party of his niece, took Grace to his cottage and “strangled, decapitated, and mutilated
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Pollard 2 her” ( World of Criminal Justice , para. 3). After being interviewed by mental health professionals, they took X-rays of his pelvic region to “confirm his assertion that he punished himself by shoving five needles into his body revealed not five, but rather twenty-seven” ( World of Criminal Justice , para. 3). Albert Fish even went as far as sending a very detailed letter describing the mutilation of Grace to her mother, Mrs. Budd, six years after her murder to receive sexual gratification in the pain and grief of the Budd family. This letter turned out to be
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