It has always irritated me that the media sometimes "hypes" or promotes certain murder cases, while others of perhaps greater significance remain largely ignored by the national press. The case of Westley Allan Dodd, the Pacific Northwest pedophile and murderer of Lee Iseli and brothers William and Cole Neer, is one example. While endless reams of newsprint and televised coverage are devoted to the Laci Peterson case, virtually no attention is offered to the Dodd crimes, despite the fact that he probably murdered other children whose names will never be known. While the Laci Peterson murder is undoubdtedly a horrific crime, Scott Peterson pales in comparison to Westley Allan Dodd as a menace to society. Peterson killed his wife and unborn child to cover up a sexual affair he was having with another woman. As a crime of passion, we've seen this sort of thing countless times. Westley Dodd, on the other hand, was a monstrous deviant of the first order who subjected his young victims --- especially little Lee Iseli --- to the most unspeakable acts of torture possible. In 1993 Dodd was Washington State's first death row inmate to go to the gallows for his evil deeds. The Peterson case should have remained a local story of primary interest to Bay Area residents, but instead it was artificially whipped into a national sensation by the powerful California media outlets. On the other hand, the Westley Allan Dodd case deserved national exposure, but got none because media moguls dislike sending their correspondents into the rainy hinterlands of the Pacific Northwest. Moreover, one can find literally hundreds of references to the Peterson case on this forum, but, as far as I can tell, not a single one for Westley Allan Dodd, aside from this new thread. Here, then, is prima facie evidence for the power of the media to influence and shape the public's interest in crime stories with little regard to merit or genuine newsworthiness. Truly, we are sheep.