So we got into a discussion last night regarding the concept of an accessory to murder. I believe if you are involved in a murder or well any criminal act then you are an accessory. Erik however believes that just because you tell somehow to kill another person doesn’t mean you had anything to do with the actual murder.
Example: Charles Manson manipulated a bunch of people to kill and at his instruction they did. Manson went to jail for murder even though he never actually killed anyone himself.
Do you think he should be in jail for it and why?
Erik believes that people should be held responsible for their own actions and these people conceded to Manson’s instructions. Just because you go and tell someone to do something, doesn’t mean they have to do it.
I believe that Manson, like Hitler, may not have actually committed murder but if it wasn’t for them it never would have been set in motion. It’s confusing though, how do you decide if someone manipulates someone into doing something and just happens to mention it. Where do you draw the line?
Anyway, Erik thinks Manson shouldn’t even be in jail for murder.
I’m eager to hear your thoughts…