Self Loathing - By Prisoner Ben Gunn


You could reasonably assume that murderers are broadly against capital punishment. And you'd be right.
But on occasion I bump into a fellow Lifer whose views are worse than a Daily Mail editorial. These people give a glimpse into that taboo area - the suffering that murderers endure because of the crime they committed. Such emotional twists and turns are hardly welcomed in the public discourse which prefers to portray us as monochrome monsters. Sadly, it is also an area that prison staff, such as psychologists, run away from in horror.
These emotional convolutions can express themselves in incredible depths of self-loathing, to the degree that some Lifers support a return to executions.
Whilst I empathise with their distress, I'd prefer they pick an avenue to pursue that doesn't involve those of us who prefer to remain alive!

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