Joseph Duncan, probably the most brutal hominid in America, was sentenced to death in a Federal court yesterday. There is the usual automatic appeal, but I suspect the sentence will be carried out quickly by modern standards.
In a strictly numerical sense,
an absolute shark like Duncan tends to do less harm than the garden-variety serial killer like Ted Bundy or Robert Yates. The Bundy or Yates type lives an ordinary life most of the time, and is in fact ordinary most of the time. He occasionally gets the urge to finish off a sex act with a killing, and he has the smarts to choose his victims well. So a Yates may keep going for a long time, because prostitutes tend to die from various random causes anyway, and because police quite rationally pay less attention to deaths within the world of criminals. (Why is this rational? Because it makes the life of criminality less attractive to youngsters who are examining the possibility. You may rebel against parents and cops, but you're less likely to pick near-certain death just for the sake of rebellion!)
A Duncan, however, is not ordinary,
and never lives an ordinary life. Everyone around a shark observes quickly and painfully that his sole purpose in life is to do harm, and he ends up in some kind of institution early on. The specific problem in this case is that the institution was in Massachusetts, where Leninist idiocy has fully metastasized; Duncan was released from the institution despite all kinds of indications to the contrary. As soon as he was released, he started killing again. This happened two or three more times, but the authorities, unable to discriminate between sharks and humans, continued to release him.
So he will finally be destroyed, and the human race will be noticeably improved.