- Jun 23, 2012
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Do you think spree killers read others' manifestos and research on manifestos before killing?
It's a bit too late to suppress all the many, many ideological webstes/forums that explore this kind of thing (most without the integrity of rules that WS has).
IMO. I have no data that shows that spree killers read each others ideological positions. Would love to see some.
Welp, I guess most of us who try to study this stuff professionally should just give up.
I guess social media (including WS) is by far enough to solve all problems in society.
Let's just suppress information as far as possible and hope for the best. Right? I do get it. As it is, there are "databases" that the public doesn't usually access - but making a database just for some occupations (outside LE) is an odd idea to me. Oh well. If this is what people believe will work, that's what will happen.
If something is available to psychiatrists, psychologists, LE, anthropologists, criminologists, sociologists, nurses, general practitioners (all of whom need the info), should we spend resources on making other information seekers be banned (all forensic sciences? which expand daily?) Are we researchers supposed to get special clearance? LE itself is vast. How is this supposed to be contained? No freedom of the press?
Journalists are to be excluded?
Almost no one reads these "manifestos" anyway - so I don't understand the concern. How many of you actually read the Unabomber stuff? Anyone able to list more manifestos than just the Unabomber?
BBM...Respectfully, no one knows how many people read killers' "manifestos", or who they are, so to say that almost no one does is strictly your personal opinion. I, nor anyone I know, have ever been asked if we have ever read any killer's manifesto. My personal opinion is that the majority of people who do read them fall into one of three categories; first, academics and mental health professionals who hope to learn from the killer, in hopes of preventing future mass killings. Another category is mentally unstable people who latch onto these killers, idolizing them and seeking out everything they can find about them, in hopes of emulating them, or even one-upping them, having their names etched alongside their idol into the evil underbelly of this society, and thus becoming someone else's idol. A previous poster has cited several examples of exactly that. The third category of readers is most likely the same type of curious people that rubberneck when driving by serious traffic accidents, uninvolved and unaffected, but just not wanting to feel that they missed something.
I respect that others may have a differing opinion, but I don't believe that the manifestos should be released publicly, for the benefit of the first and third group, at the cost of possibly encouraging and further emboldening members of the second group. The first group may have, or could be given, other avenues available to them to learn of the writings, and the third group has no overwhelming need to know. JMO and MOO.