I know what you’re thinking. “Trench, why are these two articles together? They have nothing in common”. Au contraire. They have more in common than you think. Let me explain.
When you read the second article you think how reprehensible it is for people to collect things that were made by or belonged to serial killers. Then what would you think of people who collect videos of actual people’s deaths? There are a plethora of sites out there that deal in disturbing death videos. The more disturbing the better. What makes it worse is through the wonders of the internet the videos can be duplicated ad infinitum and posted just about anywhere. Some of the most sought out of these videos are the decapitation by terrorists of Daniel Pearl, the live on-air suicide of Pennsylvania State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, and now probably the sudden death of Steve Irwin. There are laws like the Son of Sam laws that prevent criminals from profiting from their crimes. There should also be some kind of similar law where no one can profit from the filmed, taped, or photographed death of another.
Now that it’s known that Steve Irwin’s death has been caught on tape the death merchants are probably eagerly waiting for it to get leaked so they can post it on their ghoulish websites to try to squeeze a nickel out of somebody else’s corpse.
We used to have a thing in this country called decency but not anymore.