Disturbing DVDs

May 14th, 2007

Perhaps I overreacted yesterday, but I was watching TV with my kids and an advert came on for a DVD collection. There is nothing unusual in that, but this one was about the serial killer Ivan Millat and how he went about stalking his “targets” and what he did to them. I was irate to say the least!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t understand why we need to have this stuff available? Why do we need to have a DVD collection explaining it all in great detail and giving us a time line of when it all took place? Who would buy this stuff and why would they need to have it?

Perhaps I could make a case for Police and Criminal Psychologists having something like this to understand the minds of people who do this sort of thing. But why would a member of the public need or want it? If I knew someone who had it in their DVD collection I would seriously have to wonder why.

It also made me wonder why a company would think this was something that should be available to the public and why they would think to advertise it on a Sunday afternoon?

I know when we watch TV we open ourselves up to all sorts of things, but please don’t show a two minute advertorial glorifying what a serial killer has done. I was lucky enough to grab the remote in time to turn it down so my kids didn’t hear it all.

I can only imagine what would happen if a member of a family who lost a loved one to this person would feel if they saw it. Irate would be putting it mildly I suspect!