We tend to view murders as solitary ruptures in the world around us, outrages that need to be attributed then punished. There is a motivation, a crime, an arrest, a trial, a verdict, and a punishment. Sometimes — though rarely — that punishment is death. The next day, there is another murder. The next day, there is another. There has been no punishment that breaks the pattern, that stops this custom of one murder following another.

My Brother, Gary Gilmore, Mikhal Gilmore

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