Do Murder Thrillers Encourage Some People to Kill

The horrifying news about Jemma Lilley, originally from Lincolnshire, UK, killing autistic boy, Aaron Pajich, at her home in Perth because she wanted to feel euphoric, appalls me.
I’m beginning to worry what effect books like my dark thriller ‘Your Last Breath’ have on people like her, and what we authors can do to discourage them from acting out their fantasies. We can make the perpetrator suffer in our stories, but sometimes we have to let them get away. Are other crime/thriller/murder writers concerned about this?

About caroleparkes

My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 52 years, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother, I'm also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needlecrafts, and occasional poet. Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age.
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5 Responses to Do Murder Thrillers Encourage Some People to Kill

  1. Doug Lafuze says:

    I know I am torn on this subject myself. On the one hand I think a real life killer blaming a book, a movie, or a video game for causing him/her to kill is just a way of deflecting the blame from themselves so they don’t feel so bad. “It’s not my fault, the game made me do it” That’s a croc in my book. When writing Ray’s killing sprees, I envisioned the murders, thought about them, fantasized about them and ran them over in my mind again and again trying to tweak them, but I’m not about to go hunt down some big chested barista and follow her home. I know where the line is. It is not something I want or need to do. People who kill have something missing in their brain so they don’t see the line. They place no value on human life. It is just an action they want or need to do whether they read a book about a killer, watch a violent movie, kill zombies on the xbox, or not.

    On the flip side though, with their being so many books, movies and games out there bombarding people with violence on a daily basis, who’s to say that the line doesn’t get a little blurry to some who are borderline and would not normally cross it. The mind can only take so much before it becomes numb to what is right and wrong. We can self censor and not write such books, which I have shelved some story ideas with characters worse than Ray for just this reason, but there will always be someone else out there who will write those stories. And there is just way to much money involved for Hollywood to stop making violent movies or for game makers to stop making such brutal games. Unless parents teach, friends/family intervene and/or more people find God, the line will keep fading from sight for more and more folks.

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  2. I always wondered about what the author thought on this..thank u for sharing. Ultimately I believe adults are all responsible for there own actions and thoughts and choosing what is best for the way they think and are inspired to love and live or not..


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