Serial killer lives on despite death sentence

John E. Robinson, sr. was sentenced to death in 2002 for murdering three women and stuffing their bodies into barrels on his northeast Kansas rural property.
He isn’t dead.
This week his attorney filed an appeal to the state’s highest court complaining that Robinson didn’t receive a fair trial because, among other reasons, prosecutors in-sulted his wife.
Robinson’s case is a perfect illustration of why the death penalty doesn’t work to deter other criminals or to deliver promised punishment to the guilty in a timely fashion.
Robinson killed at least eight women over a years-long career of sadistic exploitations. He admitted to five slayings in Missouri to escape the death penalty there. He was tried for the Kansas killings in Kansas be-cause Kansas had the death penalty in force. But, as it turned out, only nominally. To repeat, Robinson is still alive seven years after a jury sentenced him to death.
So Kansas continues to pay the very high cost of feeding and defending him as appeal follows appeal.
Perhaps he will be executed sometime. When that headline finally does appear, readers will scratch their heads and ask, “Who? What did he do? When?”
Only a few will connect his horrible murders with his execution. His death will free no one from their own dark devils. The families of his victims who watched him survive all these years after their own daughter, sister, friend or lover became his victim will find poor justice in his final fate.
In truth, the way Kansas and most other states handle their death penalty cases saddles taxpayers with millions in extra expenses without a single compensating benefit.
It is far better to toss monsters like Robinson into a cell and throw away the key. Costs much less, hurts the criminal more because it kills all hope and is just as powerful a deterrent.

— Emerson Lynn, jr.