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TV Inspiring Murder?

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On Tuesday, 18-year-old Andrew Conley was sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility of parole. Conley was charged with strangling his 10-year-old brother to death and then dumping his body in a local park. Conley was a huge fan of the Showtime show, Dexter. The former girlfriend of this Indiana teen said that he wanted to be just like the serial killer Dexter, before committing this heinous act of violence. For those who aren’t familiar with the show, it is a series about a man named Dexter Morgan, who satisfies his urge to kill, by killing serial killers. The show really takes you inside the twisted mind of this man, but in a way that makes him appealing to viewers. Although Dexter murders people and later mutilates their bodies, you almost establish a connection with him. Conley identified with this feeling and was even caught discussing an episode of the show inside of prison. This makes me question, can violence in the media really have such a profound effect on someone? Conley told police that he took cues from the show to carry out the murder. I believe shows can definitely leave you with an emotional attachment to some characters. Every week you spend an hour inside of their lives and get an escape from your own.  This story really caught my attention when I first heard about it. I don’t think a television show can ever inspire someone to do such a thing. It is ultimately a sad and unsettling ordeal.

-Courtney Klopfer

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Written by courtklop

September 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm

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