What to Do with Kidnappers and Child Abductors

Over the weekend, “suspected Boko Haram Islamists armed with explosives attacked a series of churches on Sunday near Chibok, the northeastern town where more than 200 teenage girls were kidnapped in April, witnesses said.”

What’s the solution? First, track them down. Second, put them on trial. Third, if convicted, put them to death.

There’s no fear of retribution by people who commit heinous acts. They neither fear God nor man.

Consider the serial killer Dennis Lynn Rader, known as the BTK murderer. “BTK” stands for “Bind, Torture, Kill.” He never raised any suspicions among his friends or family that he had a malevolent nature that involved kidnapping and murder. He’s still alive, a prisoner for life at El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas,

The Ariel Castro kidnapping and abuse case brought back memories of two other high profile kidnapping cases: Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard.

“Elizabeth Smart, of Utah, was kidnapped at knife point at age 14 in 2002, sexually assaulted and held captive for nine months by a street preacher; Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped in South Lake Tahoe by a couple in 1981, when she was 11, and held for 18 years in tents and a shack in their back yard.”

Where are these kidnappers today? Smart’s kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell, was sentenced to life in prison. Dugard’s kidnapper, Phillip Craig Garrido, who pleaded guilty to Dugard’s kidnapping and sexual assault, was sentenced to 431 years imprisonment.

What should the real penalty be for kidnappers? They should get the death penalty. There is no doubt that these men kidnapped people. In the case of Dugard, Smart, and the three Cleveland kidnapped victims, their lives were a living hell.

Exodus 21:16 makes it very clear: “And he who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.” The Bible couldn’t be any clearer. In fact, if this law had been applied to the African slave trade, we never would have had the terrible injustice of slavery that is still impacting our nation. A few summary executions for kidnapping would have stopped the crime before it started.

The same could be said about sex trafficking in some of America’s largest “progressive” cities like Atlanta.

We no longer have a standard of justice in America. Not only isn’t kidnapping punished by death, but it’s even hard to put murderers to death:

“God’s law tells us how to deal with a crime such as this: ‘He who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if he is found in his hand, shall surely be put to death’ (Exodus 21:6). But of course if the [man] . . . accused of this heinous crime [is] found guilty, [he] cannot – under Ohio law – be put to death. Under the state law, the death penalty only applies for aggravated murder with at least one of seven special circumstances. So the highest penalty that [he] can receive would be incarceration for the rest of [his life].”

Many of Ohio’s death row inmates have had their sentences commuted to “life in prison.”

By the way, Ariel Castro seemed to think he should be executed for his crimes. Since the state would not do it; he did it himself. “Castro pled guilty to 937 criminal counts of rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder as part of a plea bargain. He was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole plus 1,000 years. One month into his sentence, Castro committed suicide by hanging himself with bedsheets in his prison cell.” In the end, he was more righteous than the state of Ohio.

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