We shrink back in horror and disbelief when we hear of the Ariel Castro kidnappings. Who knows how many women are living in similar conditions, hiding, as it were, in plain sight. There have been other cases.
But what are we doing about them? There’s no fear of retribution by people who commit heinous acts. They feat neither God (who they are told does not exist) 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 Cleveland kidnapping 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.”
One of the most tragic cases was the kidnapping of 7-year-old Steven Stayner. Stayner’s kidnapper, Kenneth Parnell, had been arrested and convicted of sodomizing a young boy. If the death penalty had been applied in that case (as it should have been) the Stayner family would never had to have gone through the hardships they did.
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 cold.
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 hard to put murderers to death. Bob Slane at American Vision writes:
“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.” Let’s send a message to the Ariel Castros that are still out there and the ones who are thinking of following in his evil footsteps.