Deranged shooters, psychos, terrorists, serial killers, cult leaders, etc. One thing that I believe these sick individuals have in common is a desire for large scale attention. These disturbed individuals ( predominately men) suffer from mental disorders and want to be noticed, Since they have no redeeming characteristics ( or don't believe they do) they seek out attention by other means.
This , I am sure , is well known among people who study psychology and behavioural patterns.
My feeling is the media is doing a severe injustice to soceity by over indulging in every story of this nature.
The message: If you crave attention and can't seem to get it, do something that will get you massive media coverage. Of course, only someone who is sick to begin with will commit a despicable act for this reason. But, soceity is loaded with sick people.
From the time that 24 hour a day cable news started glorifying acts of violence ( in the 80s) until now there is a definate upswing in this kind of activity. The Unabomber, David Karesh and his Waco , Texas cult, the Oklahoma City bombing,the Olympic bomber, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, 911, Aurora cinema murders, the shooting at Sandy Hook, The Casey Anthony trial , the Marathon bombings and countless others.
In this era of 24-hour a day news coverage these deranged people have the perfect vehicle for the attention they crave....and they give it to them!!!, they give these people exactly what they want- NOTORIETY, and they give it to them in an over-the -top manner.
This is why it will never end until the media learns to stop glorifying despicable acts by giving them more coverage than it deserves. They are feeding the twisted egos of these sick people by giving them unrelenting attention and turning them into legendary figures. This is what is happened with the Marathon bombers. Please stop already!!!!