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04 April 2011

The Axeman cometh

Three men killed with an axe by a rugby player out of revenge for his daughter's rape. How did this rumour originate and why was there such a huge reaction? CyberShrink comments.

A news story which emerged last week stirred an outpouring of emotions and reactions, which were then shaken when a different version emerged on April 1st, almost like a bad April Fool's joke.

Actually, though some seem now to want as usual to blame "the media", the reporting seems to have reflected the information made available in the early days, and was reasonably responsible. The first stories apparently arose from police statements, rather than investigative reporting. If this is so, one wonders: why did the police choose to release some of the information, and not other relevant facts, and in so doing allowed the controversy to grow? Comments poured in on different web pages at such a rate that comment boxes had to be closed.

 
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