This thread was suggested by last night’s Breaking Bad, which is not otherwise relevant. I don’t intend to discuss the episode myself; I mention it only because I can easily others doing so, and I wanted to warn of possible spoilers.
Anyway, here’s the sitch:
In two different parts of the U.S., two different gangs of criminals plot a pair of similar crimes. Both gangs intend to rob a train of its cargo, and in each case the plan is complicated and requires intricate timing. While each group includes killers, their schemes don’t require killing; they plan to avoid it if at all possible, reasoning that the investigations will be more intense if there are any dead bodies. Thus the members of each group agree that they will kill only if absolutely necessary to ensure no witnesses.
In neither case does the plan go exactly as, ah, envisioned. Though both gangs manage to get their cargo, they also both discover witness at the last second. In the first case, the witness is a 40something woman; she has a husband and child. In the second case, the witness is a 10-year-old girl. In both cases, the witness is immediately shot dead, without warning, mercy, or abuse beforehand.
Would you say the killing of the little girl is more heinous than killing the woman? Why or why not?