Loughner, a Victim

The first photo I saw of Jared Lee Loughner, the shooter in the Tucson tragedy, was of an attractive young man, high-school or early college age. Shortly after that, a different photo appeared: his hair had been shaven, his eyes glistened, and he had an odd smile–odd because he had just been arrested for murdering six people and injuring at least seven more. He looked at best somewhat gleeful; at worst, crazed (I’m tempted to say demonic). Later a group of three photos showed an even younger Loughner–in one shot he was playing a saxophone. These were the “before” shots. He looked like someone’s son or brother or nephew or neighbor. But the image of a smiling murderer is the one that has dominated. Of course, a strange image is certain to attract more readers and viewers. And, of course, definitely, he is still someone’s son–his parents have suffered a great, great loss, too. I wonder what has been the common response to that “after” image? I doubt it has encouraged sympathy for the young man who succumbed to mental illness. http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2011/jan/23/mental-health

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2 Responses to Loughner, a Victim

  1. Michael says:

    I agree the most posted photograph of Loughner will not garner him any sympathy but sympathy isn't deserved. I also agree the photo makes him look crazy but is this look real or contrived? My concerns are that this particular photo being repeatedly presented over and over may influence the thinking of potential future jurors. It could bias the jury pool into believing that he is not responsible for his acts due to insanity and perhaps prevent him receiving a punishment that fits the crime.

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  2. Good point. I suppose it could be a contrived expression. Thanks for a different view.

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