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Isolation is torture. So what?

Gary L. Ridgway “tortured” many victims [“Ridgway’s return may not bring closure,” Opinion, Sept. 23]. He is a prisoner who deserved the death penalty. Isolation affords him the privilege of being alone with his thoughts. He did not want to die, so he struck a deal with the prosecutor. All the while, his victims are still dead. Families “never get over it.”

I am insulted when someone thinks victims’ families should have “closure” because the murderer is convicted. Or because the killers are allowed to languish in prison for the rest of their lives.

My daughter was murdered in 2004. Her killer was convicted of second-degree manslaughter. He also struck a deal and will serve approximately 17 ½ years in prison. But my daughter is still dead. As time passes, you regain the ability to function, but, to quote Dr. William Petit, “There is a hole in your heart and soul.”

Additionally, Petit said of the death penalty, “The death sentence is about justice not revenge. It will not bring closure.” Petit’s wife and two daughters were brutally assaulted and killed in Connecticut. I quote Petit because he so eloquently spoke after one of the killer’s death-penalty verdicts.

Nancy Erickson, Bellingham