How much do we really need to know about rampage killers? As little as possible, say Tom and Caren Teves, whose son Alex was murdered in the 2012 Aurora, Co. theater massacre. In a conversation with TCR, they report on the status of their “No Notoriety” campaign, which asks the media to focus on victims instead of perpetrators.
Two days after 26 people were massacred in a Texas church, coverage by major cable news networks had nearly vanished, as charted by TV News Archive. It is the latest indication that rampage gun attacks aren’t generating the kind of sustained news coverage they once did.
The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in the lawsuit against Remington by families of those killed by Adam Lanza in the 2012 school massacre. The plaintiffs’ attorney said, “It wasn’t just that [Remington] marketed the weapon looking for people with characteristics of Adam Lanza but that Adam Lanza heard the message.”
Kevin Neal, 43, was facing trial in January on assault and other charges in connection with a long-running dispute with his neighbors in a rural northern California town. His 45-minute shooting ended with his death when police rammed his truck and exchanged shots in a fierce rolling gun battle.
Some people in Sutherland Springs, Tx., say no. Releasing such videos could affect the integrity of law enforcement investigations, re-traumatize families of victims and feed online voyeurs and conspiracy theorists. Others say keeping the videos out of public view masks the horror of mass shootings and allows politicians and the public to avoid confronting their bloody reality.
Experts at the FBI’s lab in Quantico, Va., are trying to determine if there are other methods, such as cloud storage or a linked laptop, that would provide access to Devin Kelley’s phone’s data. That process could take weeks. If the FBI and Apple had talked to each other in the first two days after the attack, it’s possible the device might already be open.
Including Sunday’s Texas church murders, the total of victims lost in mass killings this year so far is 208, up from 188 in all of 2016. Most such incidents are domestic disputes gone horribly wrong, reports USA Today.