Release the manifesto
Posted by a commenter:
Is it just me or is anyone else INFURIATED with the (apparently) new police/media conspiracy to “filter” essential details of these killers’ backgrounds and self-descriptions of the motivations behind their actions?
The authorities in Virginia REFUSE to release the 23-page “manifesto” (suicide note) of the wacko ex-TV reporter who killed his former co-workers. Note as well that ABC, which was originally sent the material and duly turned it over to police, also REFUSES to release it publicly. Now, we have another “manifesto” (suicide note) left behind at the community college shooting scene in Oregon. All the news organizations refer to it in passing, but I haven’t heard a single one of them demanding its release.
What am I missing here? Are these documents not essential to understanding what demons drove the perpetrators of these outrages to their acts? With highly developed skills at textual deconstructions and interpretation available everywhere today, do these sources not represent a wealth of information for study, consideration, and debate? Instead, we have intensely ideological pundits and ‘experts’ pontificating and reporters digging through various internet ravings and former neighbors’ recollections in order to construct “portraits” of these disturbed individuals that serve only to support their chosen social narratives. All is speculation, conflation, and obfuscation.
Let’s have the raw data, please. Then, we’ll analyze it ourselves and form our own conclusions. What an absolute outrage that these materials are withheld from the “free” American public!
Advice to future mass murderers: post your manifestos online so people can read them.