Opinion: Cruel Tabloid Puffery Of Idaho Student Murders Is Sad
As the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students enters its eighth week, more and more tabloid-type publications are hitting store shelves and cashing in on sensationalizing what was a dark day in Idaho history.
It's been more than two months since Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were murdered in their beds just blocks from the University of Idaho. Police have arrested, charged, and named Bryan Kohberger, 28, the prime suspect in the murder. Kohberger is innocent until proven guilty.
Investigators are currently in the process of testing more materials found at the crime scene. It's been reported that DNA has linked the suspect to the students in some capacity, according to numerous news sources.
I recently watched the 20/20 special on the Moscow murders, and it was a tough pill to swallow. It's currently available on ABC and HULU streaming platforms. The hard part about sitting through the investigatory special was watching the family members and friends reflect on the horrendous crimes.
The National Enquirer has now gotten its "journalistic" hook into the story. I skimmed the pages and was again let down by the sensationalism and puffery that soiled the pages devoted to the murders. Vulgar, graphic adjectives were apparently needed to paint the picture of the home the murders took place in.
Words like, "butchered," "gutted corpses," "house of horrors," and other language used by National Enquirer staffers isn't impressive at all, but sadly, that's the bar these "writers" have to rise to. I feel terribly for the parents, siblings, and friends of the deceased.