Dad Who Murdered Infant Shouldn't Have Gotten Death Penalty

Christopher T. Johnson
Christopher T. Johnson
Christopher T. Johnson, the Alabama man who murdered his 6-month-old son, Elias Ocean, by beating and suffocating him, was executed Thursday via lethal injection. When strapped into the gurney, Johnson was asked if he had any last words, and he said, "Game over." Back in May, Johnson had filed court papers saying that he didn’t want anyone to try to block the execution, and authorities said that he made no last ditch effort to stop it.

Sooo, sounds like Johnson pretty much wanted this execution then, huh? Which is exactly why it shouldn't have happened.


Christopher was obviously a very sick man. According to court records, Elias was found unresponsive on a couch where Christopher had fallen asleep. Records also show that Christopher told the cops that he tried to get the baby to stop crying by placing his hand over his mouth and by sticking his fingers down the child’s throat. I can't.

But ... but. As sick, twisted, and repulsive as Christopher was, he obviously wasn't a complete sociopath if he wanted to die. Either the demons that haunted him were just too much to stand, he couldn't take being one of the most hated people in America, or he simply couldn't bear living another moment with such a terribly horrific thing lying on his shoulders. Who knows? Doesn't matter. The point is, life would have been a worse punishment for this man than death. He escaped a lot of things by dying. And that's exactly what he wanted.

For the most part, I'm opposed to the death penalty, but when I hear about people like Christopher, it makes me change my mind -- even if for a brief moment. But it's supposed to be punishment -- the ultimate punishment -- not "salvation," if you will. And that's kind of what it seems like Christopher got out of this.

Do you think Christopher should have gotten the death penalty?


Image via Alabama Department of Corrections

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