” … The president’s support — bordering on fascination — for capital punishment goes back decades. In the 1980s, when Trump was a fixture of New York City’s real estate community and social scene, he took out an $85,000 full-page ad in the New York Times calling for the death penalty for five teenage boys who were suspects in the brutal rape of a female jogger in Central Park. The boys came to be known as the Central Park Five.
The ad, which was released before the boys even faced trial, read:
I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes. They must serve as examples so that others will think long and hard before committing a crime or an act of violence.
After its release, the boys underwent intense interrogation without food, water, or sleep, and were coerced into a confession. They spent 13 years in prison, only to later be absolved of the crime after a confession and DNA evidence surfaced in 2002.”