|Clyde Barrow's Colt pistol, via the Waco Tribune Herald|
Former federal District Judge Nancy Gertner, who retired last year to teach at Harvard Law School, recently authored an opinion piece titled "The Media's Reporting on Justice is Criminal" which critiqued the MSM for "beating the drum" in individual cases with formulaic, slanted coverage that misunderstands and distorts the criminal justice process. The reason the media do that, of course, is that it draws more eyeballs, for the same reason people slow down on the freeway to gawk at a gruesome accident. And since advertisers follow eyeballs, and advertising revenue is dwindling, in the 21st century the incentive to sensationalize crime for profit has reached heretofore unseen heights. (Witness Nancy Grace.) That's the main reason why the public thinks crime is rising even though crime rates, particularly for violent crimes, are at modern lows.
One person's murderabilia is another person's historical artifact. But neither murderers nor collectors would be able to profit from "murderabilia" if the MSM hadn't beaten them to the punch in profiteering off crime and misery.