Caplan’s commentary is sound, but if you really want to know what the public thinks (and thinks they know) about the transplant system, read the comments. Quite illuminating.
ETA: The issue isn’t whether he’s a killer, alleged killer or confessed killer. If our system were to start deciding who is ‘worthy’ based on someone’s criminal record, a lot of people are in trouble. The problem is the attempted suicide. Transplant committees routinely deny transplants with psychological constraints: eating disorder, active addiction and yes, suicidal behavior. The transplant center was remiss in not taking the time to give him a proper psych eval and ensure his stabilization before considering transplantation. They put profit before ethics, violating the public’s trust in the process.
Hopefully we won’t let them forget any time soon.