I am appalled by the utter mob violence mentality of some of these commentators.
While I empathize with the surviving father and understand his inability to be objective, who or what is really responsible for the life and actions of an outcast? Society itself. Including, in a small or not so small way, each and every one of us.
This documentary makes many outstanding points about the death penalty. Do we want to be like Iraq or China or Iran? We certainly don't want to be anything like them in most other respects (except some people advocate for prayer in schools, which I'm sure they love in Iran).
It is unspeakably horrific what the victims endured at the hands of their torturers, but those who knew the main instigator (Josh) saw this coming. His teenage girlfriend reported that he had suffered unimaginable trauma and sexual abuse, and was made to feel evil for it by his church and family and all humans he knew...all those who were supposed to love and nurture him.
If you want to know how a monster is created, this film contains the manual: blind, fundamentalist religious faith is not an ointment but an acrimonious destroyer of humanity for a sufferer of the terrors Josh endured as a child.
Does this excuse the crimes? Absolutely not. But what purpose would his death serve? The precious and irreplaceable lives of the mother and daughters are gone forever. No amount of death can ever resurrect them or make things right. That is not how death works.
Since we don't feel like spending tax money on rehabilitating those lost souls who have maliciously had their humanity destroyed, the only fair thing we can do is lock them away so they can't hurt anyone again.
It isn't their fault that they are monsters, after all. They are created by the failures of the culture that brought them into being. Why should they be destroyed for it like they are no better than insects?
Surely we as a people can do better than, and be wiser than this.
We are all capable of unspeakable evils if put in situations where darkness can fester in the deep recesses of our hearts. So don't chastise the killers and feel better about yourself. You're a human, too, just like me and just like them. We all contain multitudes, and we aren't all that different from one another.
Fair to say, it's devastating that this happened, that things like this happen at all, and are continuing to happen as we speak...all around the world.
I found it irksome and that the father saw fit to traumatize an entire jurisdiction and jury and nation for an ongoing period of years just so he could get his pound of flesh. Of course it's understandable... men are taught not to show weakness and despair, but to seek retribution.
Ironically, this 'masculine revenge' cultural norm is why his family was murdered in the first place.
Due to the father's abominable experience and inconceivable losses I do comprehend his selfishness here. But his vengeful reach extended into the minds and hearts of the jury... and I don't believe either man got a fair or impartial trial under those circumstances.
Certainly the duty of the law is to be objective and not driven by emotion?
Imagine if the law was driven by emotion...we would probably still own human beings as slaves. Women wouldn't be able to own property. Cars would have no seat belts. And this country would have no constitution.
If our legal system cannot manage to be objective, then we are truly lost as a nation.
Watch this and dive deep into your thoughts before you congratulate yourself on not being a murderer and rapist like Josh.