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.