Ok so here goes, I know that the show Dexter is fiction. However the moral debate over a serial killer serial killer is too good to pass up in this forum. I'm very interested to hear thoughts on the matter from this group. For those of you who do not watch the show, and if you're on this site you need to be. The Character is Outlined as such, "At the age of seven, his father discerned that Dexter had sociopathic tendencies, as evidenced by Dexter's lack of empathy, disinterest in relating to other humans, and (most disturbingly) his secret habit of killing the neighbor's pets. Harry initially tried to manage Dexter's compulsions with regular hunting trips, but as he got older, Dexter expressed urges to kill humans. It is then that Harry began to instill in Dexter "The Code." Dexter structures his killing around "The Code of Harry", a body of ethics and procedures devised by his adoptive father Harry (who was a Miami cop) to make sure Dexter never gets caught and ensure that Dexter kills only other killers. Harry also trained Dexter in how to interact convincingly with other people despite being a psychopath, since the murder of his biological mother, Laura Moser, did in fact turn Dexter into a serial killer."
So here's the crux of it..... Is it right or wrong to be a serial killer who only kills other serial killers? What is the difference between that and capital punishment (moralistically not legally)? And do you think Dexter is a Hero or just another common criminal for his actions? Discuss amoungst yourselves....I'll enjoy this debate.