Yet even here, there are some crimes and criminals so horrific that a jury will unanimously find death to be the appropriate punishment. We know from polls that when you focus people on the murders at the upper end of the heinousness scale, support for the death penalty rises even among those otherwise ambivalent. Gary Klien reports for the Marin Independent Journal:
Calling him "an evil and disturbed man," a Marin County judge sentenced convicted serial killer Joseph Naso to death Friday for the murders of six women over a span of nearly two decades.
Judge Andrew Sweet said the evidence proved that Naso inflicted "abhorrent and repugnant levels of suffering and cruelty" on the victims, and humilitated them even more by meticulously documenting the crimes in his diaries and photographs.
The case is also Exhibit A for search conditions on probationers and parolees. See United States v. Knights (2001).