I have a piece up at The Corner that I think is worth pondering. Last Sunday, the NYT published an op/ed by a condemned prisoner named Christian Longo, who viciously murdered his entire family, claiming he was so filled with remorse over his crimes that he wanted to be executed and donate his organs as a form of redemption. I argued at Secondhand Smoke that such a policy would be a bad idea. I mean, do we really want society to have a utilitarian stake in executing prisoners?
But that’s not why I post here at First Thoughts. I noticed that in his “grief” he had failed to even mention the names of his dead wife and children. So I decided to do so on my blog. A quick Web search unexpectedly disclosed a bizarre post-murder history that I think readers of the NYT were entitled to know in judging Longo’s credibility and motives. Here’s the link for anyone interested in learning more.