Common sense of the dayAugust 21, 2008 at 6:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
After a 16 year old in South Africa was killed by a disturbed, sword-wielding student in a Slipknot-style mask, the country’s press has, in true Daily Mail mimickry, taken to stoking panic & outrage at the band’s satanic music’ which turns kids into killers. So it’s nice that a senior policeman can appear and add a little rational thinking to the furore:
To Slipknot’s doubtless relief, the head of Krugersdorp police’s investigative psychology unit took a different tack. “Whenever there is a murder, people jump to conclusions, and always God or Satan told the killers to do it,” said senior superintendent Gerard Labuschagne. “These notions shouldn’t be taken seriously because it is straightforward: someone, of their own free will, can kill another person.” (emphasis mine)
As all the cool kids say: Superintendent, you rock.