You are correct Lady, the general public does treat the families awful, and there is no excuse for that kind of behavior. I'm not sure what you mean about investigating a criminals family, are you saying that if the parents were "good", the murderer should not be executed and if they were "bad" then off to death row you go? Defense attorneys always bring up a defendants background and childhood, usually as a mitigating factor in the punishment phase, the worse the childhood the more sympathy they are hoping to garner. I feel that with very few exceptions, the only thing that should be considered when passing punishment are the facts of the crime and the defendants past criminal activity, not their morals or such, but actual charged criminal acts. I certainly feel for the families of these murderers, They are most certainly not to blame, but not giving a sentence of death when the case warrants it, because the family are "good" people just doesn't fly with me.