The do gooders have been in an uproar this week about the execution Thursday of Teresa Lewis, who was sentenced to die by lethal injection for orchestrating the 2002 murders of her husband and stepson to get a $250,000 insurance payout.
Death penalty opponents claimed that the State of Virginia ignored Lewis’ supposed diminished mental capacity, and that she had become a born again Christian while in prison. And the biggest objection was that she was a woman.
So what? Does being a woman put someone on such a pedestal that they are immune from the same punishment that men would get for a crime? Isn’t that just what the women’s movement was all about – equality? If there should be equal pay for equal work, shouldn’t there also be equal punishment for the same crimes? I think so.
In fact, Teresa Lewis used being a woman as a tool to get two men to kill her victims, trading sex with co-conspirators Matthew Shallenberger and Rodney Fuller as part payment for being the triggermen in her scheme. She even allowed Fuller to have sex with her then 16 year old daughter as added incentive! How sick it that?
As for her supposed mental deficiencies, she was smart enough to arrange the murders, she was smart enough to buy the shotguns that Shallenberger and Fuller used to commit the murders, and she was smart enough to unlock the door to her mobile home to allow them entry, and to lock away the family pit bull, before the crime.
And let’s not even get into her deep love of God. I can’t count the number of felons who are screaming threats and fighting all the way when the handcuffs get slapped on, but who suddenly find Jesus before their first court appearance! I think we should convert all of the the churches in the country into prisons; that’s where God seems to work fastest!
Teresa Lewis didn’t exactly lead an exemplary life before the murders of her husband and stepson either. She abandoned her children, and spoke openly of her drug use, thefts she committed, numerous sexual affairs and one night stands, even while she was married and professed to be a church going woman. She even had an affair with her sister’s husband.
In short, hers was a life out of control. And now, a life that some think should have been spared because she was a woman. I’m sorry, but I disagree. Her victims, Julian and Charles Lewis, are just as dead as they would be if a man had set up their murders. I think she deserved the sentence she got.
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