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October 18, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Carnation killings

Die with dignity

I am writing to comment about King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s intention to seek the death penalty for Joseph McEnroe and Michele Anderson, who had confessed to killing six members of Anderson’s family on Christmas Eve [“Carnation killings: Defense vows fight to save life of suspect who asked to die,” page one, Oct. 17].

First of all, Gary Ridgway killed many more people and was not considered for the death penalty. It is inconsistent to seek the death penalty for McEnroe and Anderson.

My guess is that the only reason McEnroe is being considered for the death penalty is because of the unfortunate (for him) situation that Anderson insists she wants the death penalty.

God can forgive McEnroe and Anderson if they are sorry and ask for forgiveness. Hopefully they will take advantage of this opportunity.

Even if they are confined to prison for the rest of their lives, they can still live meaningful, loving lives among the rest of the inmates and die with dignity.

— Mike Marley, Seattle

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