Do we need to know gruesome details?
I am on one side of the argument and then the other side from time to time.
Knowing such details can increase our compassion for others, and lifts us out of
dangerous naivete. Yet sometimes I feel like I have heard one grusome story too
many for the moment, and I turn away from such horrid stories and look for
someting more uplifting.
Amen Amanda, the details of this case need not be printed for the public. If
people want to know they can find it elsewhere like in the police files or court
documents.It seems like the press has been treating the public like
a jury and laying out in lurid unnecessry detail the events of this human
disaster. We do not have to nor are we called upon to judge here so why all the
gore that is at the very least offensive?It would seem to me the
press could draw the line and say that some things are not fit for general
public knowledge. The information about the Powells does not make me any
smarter but it does make me sick.
situations are not real if you don't know the details. why raise awareness about
abuse at all if the details of the abuse are not free to be exposed to the full
light and scrutiny of the public? I guess the question is whether or not
exposing abuse encourages the abused to come forward or to hide cases of
The problem with omitting horrible details is that it makes people think that
things like that don't happen. It might be a good idea, as suggested by Judy C,
to save the worst until late at night so that children don't hear it, but adults
need to be aware of what kinds of things that actually go on. How else can we
recognize danger? Granted, it's hard to reconcile the awful things people do
with the normal or even kind things the very same individuals can do, but if we
don't even hear what is done we might not be alert to the possibility of it
happening around us. And it does happen around us, to one degree or another.
That's the sorry state of the world, but as long as we are aware we at least
stand a chance of seeing it coming so that we can try to protect ourselves and
our children. If this case shows anything, it's that you can't tell a murderer
by looking at him. Josh Powell looked a lot like a perfectly normal person.
I agree sometimes the News go a little to far. This story make me sick. It would
be nice to believe that the world was not so wicked, but it is and we just have
to live with it. All we can do is hope for better things to come.
I took the news a little differently. What he did was horrible, let me say that
upfront. Just horrible. But when I read that he used a hatchet I guess my mind
wanted to believe that in the sick and twisted mental state he was in while
planning this event, he wanted to have his child die quickly rather than die by
fire. Obviously that didn't work out either. Its just all very twisted. I
guess I just don't want to believe that he simply wanted to inflict some extra
pain on his own children before he burned them to death.
When I heard the news, I was horrified. I wished there had been a warning from
the news anchor on KSL TV news warning that the details weren't pretty. It would
help if viewers had one 30-minute time that was truly "G-rated." That
was a story that should not, in my opinion, have exposed gruesome details during
prime family time. Could we ask for a light hand on the criminal/war/ugly
stories on the five o'clock broadcast with a comment "details at six,
in-depth coverage at ten." That would let people who would like to
understand better what happened the opportunity to learn more. And it would help
parents to better monitor what comes into the home in front of their children.
Some people are offended by many things. Others have a great need to learn as
much as possible.We live in a society that does not force one to read news
publications, listen to radio, or watch television and films. It is your
This case is such a high profile case with the vast majority of Utah citizens
hanging on every detail, to leave out the gruesome acts when reporting the story
would have been irresponsible news reporting. How is burning to death less
gruesome than being hit with a hatchet? I feel most people assume that Susan
Powell was brutally murdered by Josh and his acts against his own sons helps to
validate what we think probably happened to her. The whole thing is
extremely unpleasant and I am pained just as much as anyone (outside the family)
by the thought of how miserable and fightened the boys must have been, but it's
my opinion that the entire story needed telling. Amanda, if you are too
soft to give the public these details, I would rather listen to someone else
deliver my news.
I so agree with you, Amanda. If one has a visual mind, it is hard to get hear
such gruesome details. Like you, I literally hurt and then cried when I heard
what was done. Sometimes we really don't need to know it all.
Spot on! Thankfully I only read it and never heard it since I don't live in Utah
or Washington. Reading it was bad enough.
I am the kind of person that likes to learn things in depth. I am interested in
the psychology of people and of criminals. Knowing the details of their crimes
helps to make this possible.I understand that some may not want to
know the details of a story such as this. However it is not that difficult to
avoid such details if you don't want to know them. If news organizations refuse
to print them, it would be quite difficult for people like me who want the
entire story to get it.