Two men and a woman face life in jail for tying a teenager to a tree, pouring petrol down his throat and setting him alight in a gruesome re-creation of a scene from a horror film.
Yet another sick murder and yet another poor prosecutor who tries to blame a horror movie as the cause of the sick crime.
I’m still not sure I understand fully what happened here, but it appears that the victim – Simon Everitt began seeing the girlfriend, or former girlfriend, of Jonathan Clarke. Rather than blaming his girlfriend for her infidelity, or himself for being inadequate Clarke decided that Everitt was to blame and set about planning his murder.
Again I blame that lack of discipline and accountability that children grow up with in modern Britain, there are no boundaries for them, so is it really surprising that they believe that they can do whatever they want, to whomever they wish?
Society has many problems, most of which are caused by years of mollycoddling children throughout their childhood, as if they were really little adults and not the same immature and misbehaving lot we were when we were children. From what I remember from my childhood, I’d do anything that I thought I could get away with and frequently push the boundaries to see just how far I could go, frequently resulting in good hidings.
Assuming children are the same as they were when I was at school, surely common sense shows that letting them decide for themselves what is wrong, never disciplining or punishing them other than laboriously explaining how they may have behaved inappropriately, is going end up with them running havoc?
Sure, hard discipline doesn’t work in all cases. There were boys (and it was always boys back then – yet today 25% of violent assaults are committed by women!) who either just didn’t seem to learn, or just didn’t care. Many times I remember flinching at their outbursts or actions, shaking my head thinking about the results and the forthcoming pain they’ll receive, and asking myself, ‘why are they so stupid?’
Perhaps violence or harsh discipline doesn’t work with these kinds, but it sure works with 95% of people, especially girls. I am trying to rack my brains and think of a time where a girl blatantly misbehaved. They did still misbehave back then of course, but rarely, if ever, within earshot or sight of teachers or any adult.
Today you’re just as likely to get verbally or physically abused by a young girl as a young boy at a bus stop or in town, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop them, and they know it. These young kids turn into violent, aggressive and spoilt young adults, who still believe no one can touch them and with frequently fatal results.
Horror films have been getting the blame for violent acts for as long as I can remember, and not just horror films, also martial arts movies and more recently, video games. Most people in Britain have heard the term Video Nasties, used for the huge amount of films banned or severely cut by the BBFC in the 1980s, but blaming movies for violent acts of criminals began long before that.
For example the 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange was blamed in 1972 for the manslaughter of a schoolboy by his classmate; a lawyer in the case stating:
“the link between this crime and sensational literature, particularly A Clockwork Orange, is established beyond reasonable doubt”
Clearly getting confused about the term, reasonable doubt; the defendant never actually saw the film, something which is not unusual in these blame cases, he only heard about it from friends. But the blame was attributed and the damage done.
The film was also blamed for a rape and so A Clockwork Orange, was withdrawn or banned, depending on how you wish to view it. But the film, like many of the other video nasties that were once banned, such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, The Toolbox Murders, I Spit on Your Grave, The Burning etc, are considered by modern audiences to be quite tame and often over rated. Although being banned has turned out to be quite a good selling point for awful films.
In 1991, the film Child’s Play 3 was all over the press and blamed for having inspired the horrific murder of Jamie Bulger. Some papers claiming that the boys had viewed the film only days prior to their sick attack.
Other papers even went so far as to compare events in the film to the torture of Jamie Bulger and drawing conclusions as to which bits inspired which particular acts of sadistic torture. In reality neither of the two boys who murdered Jamie had seen the film, which displays the particularly depraved minds of some reporters, and despite Inspector Ray Simpson stating:
“[we] looked at all the videos in their houses and checked their lists of rentals from the shop. We did not find Child’s Play 3, nor did we find anything in the list that could have encouraged them to do what they did. If you are going to link this murder to a film, you might as well link it to The Railway Children”.
The film is still linked to the Jamie Bulger murder to this day, with many people ‘certain’ it was the cause. In reality the two depraved young boys were the only cause, two boys who are now walking around as free young men, with new identities and being carefully looked after by the taxpayer.
In this murder the movie Severance was blamed, a nothing special comedy horror, whose DVD sales will no doubt rocket after this case has ended. I have seen the film but I had to really think to remember the tied-to-a-tree scene, it was nothing special and something seen many times before in films.
Although gory, the film was not particularly sick or shocking; and it certainly didn’t make me want to re-enact any of the scenes shown, well maybe just the one.
Although I am not sure that those uniforms are strictly NHS issue.
Frankly, these days, I am sure that most kids witness far more real-life violence, threats and aggression in schools and on the streets than they ever do in films or video games.
Yet people like this prosecutor will continue to blame violent films for violent acts rather than realise that it is society’s inability to deal with everyday violence that is causing such crimes.
enough is enough
There was however a small ray of hope in this case. So shocked were the families of those involved that they actually testified against their own family members. Indeed they would never have been caught had not the mother of one of them turned him in.
Stewart’s mother contacted officers when he confessed to her and they learnt the location of the burial site when Clarke’s brother and sister came forward.
Such actions make a refreshing change to the sniggering relatives that jeer the families of the deceased. It is one thing to not support a relative accused of such crimes, entirely another to turn them in and testify against them.
It shows that the values such as honour and integrity; values that Britain was once famous for; are is still there, just below the surface.
Susan Lewis, 46, of Great Yarmouth, told of her devastation at having to turn in her own son to the police.
Mrs Lewis said: “I was devastated that I had to call but there was no way that I wasn’t going to. He told me exactly what happened and it had to be reported.”
She did the right thing but I don’t believe for one minute that it was an easy thing, nor could it have been easy for the others testifying against their own brother.
I only hope that they go away for a long, long time.