Letter: Erase killer's name from public memory

Last updated 12:00 26/07/2012

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OPINION: I refer to "We will remember" as names of 12 victims read out, (World, July 24). I commend you for refusing to publish the name of the alleged killer. Let's follow The Dominion Post example and erase this murderer's name from any media coverage.

Author George Orwell used this scenario in his book 1984. It's not a far-fetched idea. It might stop copy-cats getting a public platform for their sick behaviour.

I, for one, don't want to see a mass killer's face smiling back at me and don't believe his victims or their families need to see it. Even if he had a difficult childhood, I don't care. He's not the victim.

The chances of his being rehabilitated are slim. The victims and their families should get all the help they need, starting with the media not giving sick individuals a public profile from which they can sell their story to the highest bidder.

Instead, we should celebrate the bravery of all those who laid down their lives for their loved ones. Those are the names that should be in our memories of this tragic event.

FRANK SPITZMESSER

Karori

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