Saturday, November 8, 2008

8-year-old boy accused of murdering father

Death, especially death by murder, can be a sensitive subject. It can be equally sensitive when the murderer is an 8-year-old boy. In Arizona, a child is accused of killing his father and his father’s friend with a gun. Though the circumstances are unique, I thought the article was well written and reported for its serious content matter.

The author investigates all sides as to why the boy would murder his father: abuse, spur-of-the-moment idea or psychological problems. Another good thing the author does is providing examples of similar situations where a child killed a parent or guardian. When children do this, it can be a reaction to abuse or the result of mental problems. In this case, the cause it not yet known.

Additionally, the author tells readers the truth: the law does not know how to prosecute the boy because he is so young and there were not many cases like this before. Just like the outcomes of the act are currently unknown, the author does not tell people what is going to happen; he provides multiple outcomes.

I’m happy to see the reporter does not outright accuse the child of murdering his father and his father’s friend. The reporter is reporting only the facts the police have so far, and this method of reporting the truth leads to a good hard-news story.

Link to article:;_ylt=ArKSv1xHa_gkTnTonS9HvBms0NUE

Rating: Rum and wenches

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