The grand nephew of the Belanglo murderer has conducted a kind of ecstasy killing – which is to say he and another person dragged someone into the Belanglo forest and humiliated and terrified the victim before executing him with an axe, recording the incident and boasting about it. Both of the two were sentenced yesterday as was reported in various newspapers like this one.
I have a question. In the case of murders with this degree of psycho derangement, WFT are we doing not putting such people away for life ie, until they die of natural causes? What on earth would possess a sane person to consider releasing someone without very strong evidence that they won’t take up their prior pass-time? Even the judge seemed concerned that ‘he still is a “serious potential danger” to the community’.
The other thing I’d like to see is a general social convention reinforced by appropriate media suppression orders that the names of such people not be publicised. I presume the nutter in Norway and our own special nutter cooling his heels in the special cell in Hobart either still enjoy, or did once enjoy the notoriety their disgusting deeds gave them.