Long Island killer of four sentenced
Here is what David Laffer did, as reported in today’s NY Times:
On the morning of June 19, Mr. Laffer entered Haven Drugs in Medford, N.Y. He exchanged a few words with the pharmacist, Raymond Ferguson, 45, and then pulled out a handgun and shot him. Mr. Laffer then fired on Jennifer Mejia, 17, who worked at the pharmacy, killing her. When two customers, Bryon Sheffield, 71, and Jaime Taccetta, 33, entered the store, Mr. Laffer shot them in the back of the head.Yesterday Laffer was sentenced to four concurrent life terms, with the judge recommending that he be kept in solitary. His wife, Melinda Brady, who was his accomplice, was sentenced to 25 years.
David Laffer and Melinda Brady
In a brief statement, Mr. Laffer, who initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but admitted to them in September, offered a kind of explanation and apology to the more than 30 relatives in court.Of course he should be executed, the only just sentence for his murders. But because of the rule of liberalism, capital punishment has been effectively eliminated in New York State, effectively eliminating justice in New York State.
Also, from his name, I had assumed that Laffer was Jewish. An article at Fox News from last June confirms that he is.
Mercy Not Sought or Given, Killer of Four Is Sentenced
Perhaps Laffer’s mind has cleared from its drug-induced haze and he now sees the horror for which he is responsible. As he said, his crime is one that cannot and should not be forgiven. I see no alternative but to put someone like this to death, or to allow him to take his own life and save the state the time and expense that such a punishment now seems to require.Sam writes:
Laffer’s behavior tells us something important about the human psyche. Now that he seems to have emerged from his haze of intoxication, he is able to see himself for what he truly is. He says that he does not deserve “forgiveness,” and in a sense he is correct. He knows what he is, and he knows that he has merited punishment. This tells us that, despite his many vices and grave moral failings, he still cannot erase the concept of moral culpability from his mind. This phenomenon suffices to refute the liberal lie that our sense of shame is something “alien” to us and is imposed upon us by society. The truth is that we cannot escape from the reality of shame or the possibility of justified self censure. These things are hard-wired into us and we cannot get rid of them. We cannot fail, in moments of clarity, to see ourselves for what we really are. This is what the apostle Paul spoke about when he wrote that the very law of God is written upon our hearts and that we are all “without excuse.”November 13
I am curious as to what Laffer’s being Jewish has any relevance. Hopefully, there is a reasonable explanation.LA replies:
I constantly write about the race/ethnicity of black and Hispanic murderers. Here’s a mass murderer who is Jewish. That is very unusual, and worth noting. Also, not to mention his ethnicity, given my general focus on the ethnicity of murderers, would not be right.LA adds:
However, I can see that my bare mention of his Jewishness, without any context or reason for mentioning it, could have been jarring.Jim C. writes:
I assume the accomplice is Irish.
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