A more compelling argument for the Death Penalty? Clicky Another hot button topic in the OTF, guaranteed to degenerate at some point. Rationalizations for the death penalty generally take the revenge/deterrant stance. Fine. The death penalty is in effect in 38 states. It may be wrong, but it is the law. If you don't like it, you can work to change the law in your particular state. All you ever wanted to know about the death penalty, but were afraid to ask (Fun quiz inside!) But, in this particular case, the inmate confessed to a bunch of other murders. The article doesn't say whether or not the murders were unsolved, though I suppose that inference could be made. It seems here that the threat of imminent death brought closure to at least 12 families who lost a loved one. Isn't that a better reason to execute someone than revenge or as a warning to other would-be killers?