I want to gauge some responses on this subject. Here are a few questions that relate to the scenario I am working on (to varying degrees). But first a little background (I want to keep this vague so as not to influence responses too much). The victim is someone you know and like, the perpetrator is also someone you know and like. It was a deliberate act. This is also an act by one free-thinking individual and isn't subject to herd mentality, social bond theory, the Galatea effect, obedience to authority and so on. You are also free from these larger influences. Basically someone you know murdered someone else you know and I am wondering what might influence your reaction to this: - Would it alter your opinion if the perpetrator comes from a martial society where murder was considered acceptable in certain circumstances; or would you still judge it by your upbringing/ societal expectations? Would the physical condition of the victim make any difference, i.e. if they were capable of defending themselves or not? Would suggestions of euthanasia (perhaps not willing euthanasia, but the victim was chosen because of their ill-health) soften your opinion at all? Would you be able to accept a murder if the perpetrator was in a position to protect you from imminent danger i.e. acceptance through self-preservation? What if the murder was for the greater good and indirectly saved numerous lives, even though the victim was innocent? How much would the perpetrator's remorse assist? I have included a poll as well.