Tuesday, March 04, 2008
There's been quite a run of psycho killers getting convicted and jailed lately - the Suffolk Strangler, the Hammer Killer, the Croydon Necrophile, and now this creep. This is a good thing, but why, in covering such cases, do the media - especially the broadcast media - insist on ferreting out a 'motive'. A motive is the kind of thing murderers in whodunits have; in the real world most killing is done either in some form ot temporary rage or , more calculatedly and more rarely, by psychopaths. The 'motive' is a matter of pathology, not of intention or calculation. They kill, basically, because they like killing - a taste that's not all that unusual, but in times of peace has no outlet or usefulness and therefore only rarely comes to the surface. As Johnny Cash put it, 'I shot a man in Reno, Just to watch him die.' Nuff said.
Posted by Nige at 10:40 am