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The death penalty doesn’t provide murder victims’ family members with closure

Bud Welch's daughter, Julie Marie, was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing. He thinks closure "nothing but a myth perpetuated by politicians and news media."

Bud Welch's daughter, Julie Marie, was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing. He thinks closure "nothing but a myth perpetuated by politicians and news media."

So says Bud Welch, who’s daughter, Julie Marie, was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing:

You legislators hear a lot about the phrase, “Victims needing closure.” I’m here to tell you, that is nothing but a myth perpetuated by politicians and news media. Six months after the bombing a poll taken in Oklahoma City of victims’ families and survivors showed that 85% wanted the death penalty for Tim McVeigh. Six years later that figure had dropped to nearly half, and now most of those who supported his execution came to believe it was a mistake. In other words, they didn’t feel any better after Tim McVeigh was taken from his cell and killed.

Welch eventually came to oppose McVeigh’s execution and is currently Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights‘ board president.

Photo: Courtesy Journey of Hope

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