We have all read interesting, touching stories in our lifetime. I have read a few, myself. The one that really sticks out in my mind is, The Unquiet Death of Robert Harris by Michael Kroll. This story left me filled with emotions, opinions, and questions. The story was told by a man named Michael Kroll that had a very dear friend on death row named Robert Harrison. They had been friends for ten years and now that friendship was to come to an end.
Nothing that night seemed to go as planned or on schedule. Michael and a few others including Roberts’s brother, waited several hours in a small room only to be filled into another small room, where they continued to wait. When Robert finally came into sight Michael was a little relieved. Nothing happened for a long time then they took Robert out of the room. Michael was confused and wasn’t sure what was going on.
Finally they brought Robert back, and of course they executed him. At the end of this story my first reaction was sadness. I felt awful for Michael, Robert, and everyone that was involved. I thought this story was the worst thing I ever heard, and I wanted to cry. My next reaction was anger. I was horrified that one human being could do something as horrible as this to another.
Next my brain started rattling with opinions. First I though the death penalty was a horrible thing, and should be outlawed completely. Then I started to think, what if it was my family, and someone had killed one of my family members. I would want that person dead! I wouldn’t care how they did it, when, or even where they did it, as long as I knew that they paid for what they did.
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In order to insure that they would never hurt anyone in my family, or even anybody at all ever again, they would have to be dead in my opinion. Then came the questions. One major question I had was how did the death penalty ever come into the picture? Did some creep invent it, or was it discovered by accident? When did they start using the death penalty, and what state was first to use it? Is it legal in all states in the United States of America? After a person is executed, does the family get to perform a proper funeral as they please? If the person wanted to be cremated, is their wish granted? If they cannot contact any family, does the state burry the person? Well, I guess my questions will remain unanswered for now, but eventually I will know. I’m sure many people in the world feel differently than I do, and there might be some that share my opinions, feelings, and questions. What I do know for sure is that the death penalty is out there, and it is being used on some, but very few criminals.