Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Murder is easy -- fictionally speaking, and a pretty nifty dramatic device. When a writer or movie director adds a corpse and a detective to a roomful of pretty people, we’ll get suspense for sure, romance perhaps, and certainly an hour or two of entertainment
Which is ironic. Because in real life, there’s no entertainment value in murder, though local TV news remains unconvinced of that fact. Murder is nothing but misery and waste.
The boy or man found dead and lit on fire in Altadena Sunday morning didn’t find fame in his lifetime. But he’s famous now, for a few days, anyway.
It’s a pity he’ll never know that television news vans gathered on Windsor in his honor, and reporters went door- to-door, hoping to mike up something of prurient interest. He was worth oh so much more to them dead than alive. (More on Patch)