Casey Anthony/Joran van der Sloot: Do People Kill For Fame?

Thought I’d pass along this interesting article which discusses Casey Anthony, Joran van der Sloot, Scott Peterson and others who have been in the media recently for high profile murders.

The premise of the article is about the instant fame that each of these accused/convicted murderers has received due to the crimes that they have been accused/convicted of.

I highly recommend checking out the article.

From Fox News:

These are all murder cases yet each one each reads like a reality TV show  — and we all know how much they are scripted.

It’s all about our me-first, fame addicted culture. We want what we want, when we want it and we want it now. It doesn’t matter who gets hurt, it’s about immediate gratification.

There is no morality, no sense of guilt, no feelings of remorse. We’ve all been desensitized by a constant virtual exposure to death. It’s like we’re in a video game where the consequences are virtual and if you get caught or don’t like the ending you just push replay and start over. In this strange new world, murder is just a means to an end, it’s an option to be considered along with divorce, daycare or Viagra.

Even worse, in today’s culture, it’s a guaranteed way to garner that media spotlight. Confessing to a crime equals instant infamy, doesn’t matter if you did it or not.

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11 Comments on “Casey Anthony/Joran van der Sloot: Do People Kill For Fame?”

  1. Lona1 Says:

    Spanish to English translation.

    Before arriving in Lima on May 14, Dutchman Joran van der Sloot was in Colombia where she arrived on 6 May. What did those days in the neighboring country? Same here, visiting amusement arcades.

    However, his stay coincided with the disappearance of two Colombian women, who were also frequent visitors of exclusive casinos.

    “In those days (the Netherlands) visited amusement arcades in the city of Bogotá, as shown in the video security of premises. We know you were staying in two hotels, so the police started investigations in our country, “Colombian journalists told the Dirincri effective, according to a local newspaper.

  2. zelda Says:

    The above is confusing.probably due to the translation?
    I think what you are saying is that he may have had something to do with two other women’s deaths? Boy howdy I hope they get that out of him one way or the other.

  3. Lona1 Says:

    Zelda, that was a Goggle translation. I didn’t bother to check for errors. I think there will be more evidence in the future re other dead women.

  4. Ideas Says:

    I disagree that these murders had to do with being “desensitized by a constant virtual exposure to death.” However, I do agree all these murders are about the me-first.

    The murders have more to say about the murderers themselves than the society around them. These three would have killed even if they had no reality-show contact or idea of a virtual video game. This is not a “strange new world” and killers such as these can be found throughout time.

    Each of their victims got in the way of the murderer’s greed of money, time, or pleasure… The three murderers killed to maintain a sense of power.

    I also disagree with the article that the murders were done to get a media spotlight. All three shunned the media and only one confessed.

  5. Interesting post, Kreuzer. I had thought the exact same thing. It seems as if the news has become a reality show that often mirrors the video games-a ploy, a tactic-sell, sell, sell. That’s what VDS did. He sold his tale to anyone who would be willing to pay. Even the recent filming of Gary Coleman as he lay dying demonstrates the desensitization of the popular culture in which we now find ourselves. JMO

  6. OneOp Says:

    I do not think they initially kill for fame, but they enjoy the media attention after the act. It becomes a game. Keeps them worked and they like the hype.

  7. auntdeedee Says:

    While I do believe that society is less sensitive to the value of life and more people than ever are influenced to be “me first” I don’t believe there is a propensity to murder for fame.

    The one I thought of wanting fame for murder was Mark Karr, who claimed he murdered Jon Benet. Another thought was the young men and the Columbine School shootings and people such as these.

    For the ones mentioned in the article, it was about their initial stupid moves that made them a media curiousity leading to national/international coverage infamy. With JVDS, it was the stupid moves of the govornment.

  8. Honeydog Says:

    My answer would be the same as *OneOp* and *auntdeedee’s*. I think most Murderers primarily kill to kill, and— depending upon any, or the amount of, Attention which follows, and their Personalities or Mental Conditions (Psychopathic, etc)— it isn’t difficult to imagine that a certain level of Pleasure or “feeling like a Celebrity” can easily take Form afterwards.

  9. how dare casey anthony KILL her daughter Caylee anthony she was an angel I hope casey anthony suffers in jail bbooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo to casey. mothers and fathers dont do something that stupid.PLEASE think before U do things GOD BLESS everyone

  10. Lucia Says:

    Casey anthony should of not kill her daughter Caylee anthony because she is angel from heaven obove shame on casey anthony.

  11. Jeremy Says:

    GOD BLESS casey anthony next time do good choices casey

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