I saw the brother of one of the Aurora, Col­orado mass-​​murder vic­tims being inter­viewed on TV, and some­thing he said struck me.

He asked the media to do its best to avoid men­tion of the sus­pected killer’s name, so as to help deny him the noto­riety that sociopaths of his ilk often crave.

That struck me as a very good idea.

His name is out there, of course, and some men­tion of it in news accounts of the case is jour­nal­is­ti­cally nec­es­sary. But there’s no reason why it can’t be kept to a min­imum, and every reason why it should be.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity crim­i­nol­o­gist James Fox explains why in a must-​​read column in yesterday’s Globe.

Read the article at CBS Boston →