How many lives has this guy saved?
That may be irrelevant to the victims and the victim families.
In addition that question does take in account of how many lives he killed indirectly by creating his notorious gang of bad guys.
Also he never admitted guilt on any of the slayings.
If he did commit the act, then this lack of confession is wrong.
Also if it is true he got into a number of incidents during his imprisonment, fighting guards (were the guards the cause of it ?) then this too would go against the media image of how helpful this guy really is.
The other issue is the possibility for parole in a life sentence and the fact that most life sentences are for 20 years and for a young perpetrator this might not be satisfactory to a victim family's sense of justice.
In the end, I'm asking as many questions.
If we all read as many differing reports about this guy, the decision would be quite difficult to make, and the holes of probation and span of a life sentence don't make matters any easier.
I've never believed the death sentence had the ability to deter others from killing, but the life sentence needs to have stronger safeguards built in. We got Charles Manson applying every so often for probation, and that's scary.
The eyes have it.