Letters to the Editor

Psychopaths among us

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I have long been of the view that prisons should be reserved for offenders who pose a clear and present danger to members of the society.

There is a range of other sentencing options available to non-violent offenders. When this is done, prisons will be more efficient and less costly to society.

Recently, a 14-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Arnett Gardens. Murder silences the victim. Yet her body was further violated by burning.

In Manchester, a young woman's body was found in an ice cooler with her throat cut. The suspect in this Manchester murder is a Seventh-day Adventist deacon. Linton Stevenson first came to public attention when he was given a 10-year sentence for the murder of his wife. Her body had been mutilated. He was released on probation recently. Since his release, he has been implicated in at least two murders — two that we know of.

The Seventh-day Adventist denomination is one of the most highly regarded in this country. The word deacon comes from a Greek word meaning servant and minister. I am sure an explanation will be forthcoming from the Adventists as to how this man became a deacon in their faith.

The mutilation of a body is the most gruesome act of violence. It evokes a more disturbing response than murder. People who engage in these acts are usually found to be psychopaths. There is no real cure for psychopathy. Psychopaths are lost to the normal world.

Why was such a person released back into society? Are judges qualified to determine the fates of these persons? Had the appropriate action been taken in this case, at least two women would still be alive.

May I suggest that the psychological profiling of such offenders be performed to determine the personality type responsible for such crimes.

Glenn Tucker


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