Saturday Night Thoughts on Spree Killings

Brazil Buries School Kids Killed by Gunman

Lone Gunman Shoots Six Dead in Dutch Shopping Mall

These all happened within in a 3-day period. I just don’t get it. Is crime getting worse? I’ve heard the theory that it’s not that it’s getting worse, it’s that it’s being reported by the media more. This reminds me of the journalism tenet: If it bleeds, it leads. Let’s say the news was 90% happy and 10% horrific, instead of the other way around. Would we watch it? Are we more fascinated by the dark side of life?

This topic produces so many more questions than answers. Of course, I wish there was a way to get all these horrible killings end. In Rio on Thursday, the gunman lined the children up and shot them as the kids begged him to stop. In the Netherlands, today, the gunman walked around and started shooting, including a woman in a motorized wheelchair.
These gruesome details make my head spin, but I always click on the stories.

I have no idea where I’m going with this. I just found these in Yahoo! News, and they disturbed me. It won’t be long before I find something else that disturbs me.

25 responses to “Saturday Night Thoughts on Spree Killings

  • Terrance H.

    Are we more fascinated by the dark side of life?

    That and Britney’s twat, Charlie Sheen’s latest rant, and a bunch of other mind numbing nonsense.

    We’re exactly the opposite, Spinny. I heard about the Brazil shooting while watching the news, but I flipped the channel right away. When I read Drudge later, I skipped that link. I can’t stand to hear or read about that kind of stuff. I’m weak in that area, I guess. I can’t stomach it.

    • Spinny Liberal

      Good for you. Probably way healthier anyway.

      • Terrance H.

        I don’t know that it’s good, or healthy. Because I wonder if perhaps I’m just numb to it by now? If so, that speaks volumes about society.

        Honestly, do stories like that really bother you anymore? I’m actually quite curious to know.

      • Spinny Liberal

        The numb feeling definitely speaks volumes about society. I think I’ve become numb to the act itself. It really bothers me when I see the aftermath – like the picture above or seeing the parents completely devastated on TV. I don’t know if that makes sense.

  • lobotero

    Terrance and I may not agree on too much but on this we do……it amazes me what we humans think of to do to each other….but not a surprise at all….I also avoid these stories almost as much a some silly royal wedding…..

  • lbwoodgate

    Reinforcement of any kind has strong appeal for people., especially those with low-self esteem, even if it’s negative in nature. If some can get their 15 minutes of fame by killing innocent people, c’est la façon de les débiles mentaux.

  • Spinny Liberal

    I think that’s true for someone who doesn’t kill himself. The ones that commit suicide can’t experience their 15 minutes. I don’t know.

    Nice French! Hot 😉

  • dcmartin

    People by and large are fascinated by the dark side of human nature. i don’t think most people revel in it, but most want to try to find the “why” in stories like those, and unfortunately a lot of the time there is no satisfactory “why”.But the media understands the fascination and plays it to the hilt. When we had the shooting/bomb scare incident at the high school here, in the following days the local media shoved microphones in front of anyone who could talk, and ratings skyrocketed. It bled and led for days, and 90% of the coverage was focussed on the kid, his family, and the school Board reaction, and 10% focused on the heroic resource officer whose quick action stopped the kid before he could get out and hurt students.
    Unfortunately, there’s a lot of dark out there to satisfy our fascination with, a thousand times over.

  • lobotero

    DC is right…I recall back in the Dark Ages (60’s and 70’s) there was a popular movie called Mondo Cane….that probed into the more macabre side of humans and then there is the films “Faces of Death” where people are shown dying one way or another….for a couple of years they were the #1 rental Videos….sick puppies!

    • Terrance H.

      I remember a few years back my brother alerted me to this website which somehow managed to find autopsy photographs of people like Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, and others. It also had video footage of gory car accidents, gas station robberies turned into murders, and so on. You could literally watch people die on camera! Sickening.

      • Spinny Liberal

        Oh man that is gross, but there are so many people fascinated by the macabre.

      • dcmartin

        It might not be the one your brother refered to, but there was one that got a lot of mention after 9/11 because it published photos of Iraq/Afghanistan soldiers after IED attacks and such that were quite graphic…… or something like that. I don’t know if it is still running, and I don’t care to find out.

      • Terrance H.


        I don’t think that was the website. That name doesn’t sound familiar. I’ll have to ask him when I see him next.

        But I’m sure there’s more than one, or two, or three. There’s probably hundreds of similar websites. All of them are disgusting.

        There’s a video on YouTube of a guy in one of the Twin Towers on the phone with 9-11 when the tower collapsed. All you hear is a big rumble and then the guy screams, “Oh God!”

        After hearing that, I threw up. No joke. Just the audio of the guy dying made me puke. I don’t want anything to do with any of that.

      • dcmartin

        I just threw up in my mouth a bit just reading about the YouTube clip……….that is beyond creepy. It’s depressing to know that there is a “market” for that, people who spend their time searching for videos of people jumping out of the WTC and whatnot. And there’s probably scores of sites, as you said ….gore porn is a definite, disgusting niche.

      • Spinny Liberal

        I know on YouTube there were videos of people jumping from the Towers, but not someone screaming “Oh God” before their death. Yikes.

      • Terrance H.


        So you can see what I’m talking about, but here is the video. Skip to the 4:30 mark.

        It shows nothing gory and nobody jumping for the towers, but it is indeed creepy. Just so you know what I’m talking about, there it is.

      • Spinny Liberal

        Wow. The way he said it was so chilling.

    • Spinny Liberal

      Oooh I’ve watched the Faces of Death – sick. Snuff films just creep me out.

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