Why the Media Is Spending So Much Time on the JonBenet Case

I've been telling you a lot about John Karr for more than a week, and some people are starting to squeal in pain.

In today's Boston Globe the TV critic asked: This is TV news?

He quotes a dean from Boston University's School of Communication who says, "It's an embarrassment. This case is totally irrelevant to the life of the nation."

Oh really?

I think the No. 1 issue to people in this country of all races, both genders and all economic classes is their children.

Here we've got a guy who is an admitted pedophile, who can be heard literally drooling over the thought of luscious little JonBenet.

He says he killed her. Maybe he's a wannabe. Maybe he really didn't.

But if he did, here's what would have had to happen.

Here's one possible theory: He would've had to know of JonBenet by actually going to these baby beauty pageants, skulking around, picking a victim.

Remember: JonBenet's career was before little girls like her had Web sites with all their pictures displayed.

Second, he would have to have gone to her house on Christmas day, sneaked inside and scoped it out. He might have left and come back. He might have hidden inside until the parents were asleep.

Remember: This is a guy whose resume on his Web site is a virtual how-to manual on entering children's bedrooms at night without frightening them, on gaining their trust, or learning to be unthreatening and soothing, even in a darkened bedroom after midnight.

If Karr was JonBenet's killer, he had to have operated like a ghost, slipping around the edges of her life watching her, and then slipping into her house with no one noticing, creeping into her room without startling her.

If he did do this crime, how he did it is very, very important, and I guarantee you every parent in this country wants to know how it was done if he truly committed the crime.

Karr allegedly turned his life into a post-graduate course in child seduction, and any parent wants to know what his tricks were.

War is important, the economy is important, listening to a terrorist's phone call is important.

But do the highly evolved beings who teach communications and journalism really think it's embarrassing that parents want to know if their worst nightmare really has come true?

In fact, could anything be closer to the real life of this nation than gaining knowledge on the disturbing people who walk among us and plan to snatch, molest and maybe — perhaps even — kill our kids?

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