Christian Longo sits on death row awaiting his execution after committing a crime so horrible he says he doesn’t feel he can be redeemed. Longo was charged with murdering his three young children and wife because he wanted to “escape the shackles of domestic life.” The father of three killed his children, ages 4, 3 and 2, along with his wife. He then threw their bodies, which he stuffed in suitcases and weighted with dumbbells and pillowcases filled with rocks, into marina near the family’s Oregon condominium.
In an interview with People Magazine, Longo says he is haunted by his actions and doesn’t believe there is anyway he can be redeemed for his actions. When speaking about his guilt, Longo says he is frequently haunted by nightmares that he has created by his terrible deeds.
“But I realize I can’t do anything about it now, except to try to live as positively as possible with a view that I don’t deserve the breaths I get to take… I don’t feel that I can be redeemed. I believe that some actions are so terrible that nothing can ever atone for them.”
Not only did Christian murder his entire family in an attempt to avoid his domestic duties, he then went on a booze-fueled vacation to Cancun. Longo murdered his children and wife, then fled to Mexico, partying while pretending to be a New York Times reporter. Longo had used a fake ID for the reporter while he drank, snorkeled, and romanced a German tourist, all of this happening right after the gruesome murder of his family.
According to the Daily Mail, the FBI immediately began searching for Christian after the bodies of his family members were discovered. When they discovered his party lifestyle in Mexico, Longo was arrested and transferred back to the U.S. and charged with murder. He was found guilty of the murder charges and was subsequently sentenced to death.
Longo now sits on death row while he waits for his execution. However, Oregon has had a moratorium on executions since 2011, so the date that Longo will be executed is unknown. Meanwhile, Longo says he wants to be able to donate his organs after his death in hopes of saving some lives, since he removed four from this earth. Longo was denied a request to drop his appeals in exchange for being allowed to donate organs as organ donation officials called the idea ‘morally reprehensible’. However, Longo says it makes no sense as his organs could save six to 12 lives.
“Why go out and waste your organs when you have the potential to go out and save six to 12 lives?”
It does not appear that Longo will attempt to appeal his execution, but rather is ready to get it over with as he says there is no atonement for what he has done. What do you think about the idea of a death row inmate donating organs? Is it “morally reprehensible” or do you think it is a waste of organs not to accept his donation?
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