Date sent: Sun, 1 Mar 1998 17:16:35 EST

Subject: Rage

I was watching Dateline a couple of weeks ago. The subject was about a man who had raped and killed several girls in Florida, I think it was. I forget the name. His last victim, he raped, but left her alive. Eventually he was caught and is currently serving time. What makes me so furious is that a woman, a *journalist* of sorts, started communicating with him through letters and email. She helped him write a book about the murders he has committed. She made PROFIT of off it. Dateline interviewed the woman who is still alive and she was able to pick out her *story* in his book. It would be hard enough dealing with something this tragic happening to you, but then to have it dredged back up, in print, read by the entire nation, I think this is a little too much. I mean, this man took lives. He not only ended lives but he caused so much pain in other lives. Should he really have this right? And then to top it all off, he proposed to the journalist and they planned on getting married, and they TELEVISED the proposal. It seems like all anyone cares about anymore is publicity, making a buck. What about all the people who lost a loved one? What about their pain and anger? Is it really so inconsequential that no one sees anything wrong with making money from it? The whole thing just pissed me off. I truly wish that the journalist could meet the families of the victims. I wonder if she would be able to explain, justifiably, how their pain was her gain. I couldn't live with myself. Thanks for letting me vent. Now I know I am not the only one who gets in a rage sometimes.


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