I, for the most part, object to the death penalty, it is final and absolute and cannot be revoked should the individual executed later be proven to have been innocent of the crime for which they were executed. For this reason I set as my own personal belief the very high standard, that no individual should ever be executed on circumstantial evidence. The only individuals who should ever be executed are those for whom there is absolutely zero question of their guilt. Moreover, the death penalty should be reserved for exactly two classes of criminal, those who knowingly and willfully with a full forethought of malice commit premeditated murder, and those who knowingly and willfully with a full forethought of malice engage in acts of terrorism. That is it, period, end of story, no exceptions.
Sadly, all to often stories like that currently emerging from Hammond Indiana come out. When they do, they showcase the worst possible failure of the American Criminal Justice System.
DEVELOPING: Police in northwest Indiana identified the suspected serial killer believed to have murdered seven women, and warned at a news conference that the body county could rise.
The man accused of killing a woman Friday at a Hammond, Ind., Motel 6, and then leading authorities to a string of dead bodies dumped in abandoned homes in nearby Gary, was identified as Darren Deon Vann, 43, of Gary. Officials said he is a convicted sex offender who moved north from Austin, Texas, in 2004, and may have been responsible for two murders in the mid-1990s.
“It is possible the investigation could lead to more victims,” said Hammond Police Chief John Doughty.
The flurry of grisly discoveries began when Hammond police responded to a call of an unresponsive person Friday evening at a Motel 6 and found the strangled body of a woman identified as Afrika Hardy, 19. As part of the investigation into her death, police executed a search warrant on a home in Gary, where they took Vann into custody, Hammond Police Lt. Richard Hoyda told the Chicago Tribune in an email.
Vann, who was not identified until Monday’s news conference, later confessed, Hoyda said, and told police where to find three other dead women, all in Gary. Police discovered the body of Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville, around 11:20 p.m. Saturday in an abandoned home in Gary. Her family had reported her missing on Oct. 8.
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. called Vann a “serial killer” in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon and said he has “admitted to a couple of homicides in Hammond,” that date back to 1994 or 1995. He also said in his posts that the man is a convicted sex offender. Reports said the man was convicted of sex crimes in Texas.
“The suspect Hammond arrested for the Motel 6 murder is an admitted serial killer,” McDermott wrote. “The suspect gave up the location of a body in Gary that was confirmed found where he said it would be.”
Darren Deon Vann is a self confessed serial killer responsible at the barest minimum for the cold blooded murder of at least seven women. We know that he is indisputably a serial killer because he told the police exactly where to find at least 3 of his victims. Vann will now begin a long slow journey through the judicial system, arraignments, trial’s, appeals, a process that before an execution can even remotely be considered will consume, a bare minimum of at least 10 to 15 years. Worse yet, if and when Vann ever does face execution, it will be the most painless execution humanly possible.
Darren Deon Vann does not deserve a humane execution, he does not deserve a painless execution, neither Darren Deon Vann nor the families of his victims will receive justice from the America Justice System, Darren Deon Vann should die screaming in agony and fear while the entire nation watches and he should do so in a period of time considerably under 1 year from his arrest and confession. Anything less then this is an absolute abomination of Justice.