Journalist and author, Antoinette “Toni” Bosco, lost one of her seven children to suicide, and as she was still grieving his loss, another was lost to murder. For someone who did not believe in the death penalty, it was difficult to contain the anger and rage, and she, at that point, could have killed the murderer with her bare hands.
Wrestling with her own feelings, Toni Bosco came to question her own values about life and death. Who had the right to take the life of another human being? The state? As she came to her own conclusions, she realized that the state is no more justified in taking a life than is an individual.