Originally Posted by esrgirl
I don't think the news has anything to do with it, other than the fact that many of us become desensitized to violence. The rates of child molestation and abuse have not gone up, they are just being reported more often. I've lost count of all of the people I've met, my age and going up to 80 or 90 who were molested as kids. We're just paying more attention. We've always had murderers and serial killers- heck just look at crimelibrary.com. Think about all the horrible attrocities committed throughout time. The mass genocide, rape, torture, and murder described in the Bible and various sources of early history. The massive amount of child rape that occured in ancient Greece. This stuff has been going on since Cain killed Abel!
If you look at the statistics on crime it is always tied more to the economy than anything else. When the economy sucks, crime rates go up. When the economy is good, the crime rate goes down. And overall the rate of violent crime has been decreasing for quite a while.
The difference is that the media has latched on to these types of crimes for the time being. There seemed to be a lot of pregnant wives being killed after Lacey Petersen. Right now they are focused on child/young person abductions, especially with sexual overtones (there are usually clues at the scene of abduction of whether it was a stranger or not). Honestly, the Denver media is following more stories where the alleged perps are illegal aliens, but that doesn't actually mean there are any more crimes done now by illegals than there was this time last year. It seems that serial killers have fallen out of favor with the media - how many of you heard about the serial killer recently caught in Colorado? He confessed to over 10 murders in at least 2 states, but the press didn't cover him. FBI profilers have said that they estimate between 30-50 serial killers are operating in this country at any given time, but they aren't getting the media coverage that they once did.