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Antoinette Bosco

"The pain of losing a loved one by the horrible act of murder is not lessened by the horrible murder of another, not even when it is cloaked as 'justice' and state-sanctioned. It is only a delusion to believe that one's pain is ended by making someone else feel pain."

Antoinette Bosco, Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty (2001)

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"... some of us have learned when murder enters our door -- that unnatural death is an evil, no matter whose hand stops the breath."

Antoinette Bosco, Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty (2001)

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"Ninety countries still hold on to capital punishment, and, sadly, one of these is the United States, the only Western industrialized country to practice this barbaric punishment."

Antoinette Bosco, Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty (2001)

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"... if we don't forgive, we stay emotionally handcuffed to the person who hurt us ... "

Antoinette Bosco, Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty (2001)

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"I wonder if these death penalty proponents would still hold that it's worth some risk of error if it were their loved one who was murdered by the state, though innocent."

Antoinette Bosco, Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty (2001)

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"... no study has brought out any solid evidence that the death penalty deters crime. In fact, Amnesty reports that 'the murder rate in states which use the death penalty is twice that of states which do not, according to FBI statistics.'"

Antoinette Bosco, Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty (2001)

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"What an insane logic we ascribe to -- that the state should kill to show others that killing is wrong!"

Antoinette Bosco, Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty (2001)

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"I don't believe we should rob thieves, rape rapists, burn an arsonist, or kill a killer. They must be punished, but this is done by taking them out of circulation, protecting society by removing them from the population."

Antoinette Bosco, Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty (2001)

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"... we can now buy a toy called 'Death Row Marv,' put out by McFarlane Toys, and by pulling a tiny switch, carry out a miniature execution. 'Watch Marv convulse as the switch is thrown,' say the words on the box ... they sold out in preorder sales before Marv was even in the stores ... "

Antoinette Bosco, Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty (2001)

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"Time isn't a commodity, something you pass around like cake. Time is the substance of life. When anyone asks you to give your time, they're really asking for a chunk of your life."

Antoinette Bosco

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Antoinette Bosco, U.S. journalist, writer, death penalty opponent
(1928 - )