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Does encouraging mystery reading, writing, and viewing promote crime?
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Paul Bergin - 09:46pm Jul 4, 1998 PST(#6 of 24)

Here's an idea. Throw your television out the window. Then let yr kid read anything he wants. Anything. Chances are, somewhere along the line, he/she will learn to think, evaluate, accept and discard ideas--you know, turn into the kind of person you're worried that he/she isn't going to turn into. And turn out OK. Minds process stimuli. They are not, unless diseased, processed by same. If the kid turns out to be a mystery fan, you can always comfort yrself with the knowledge that it could've been worse. He/she could've decided to be a mystery writer, which means you'd be looking at the same sullen face over the breakfast table well past your expectations of a solitary, easier life.

Aspen Sherrill - 06:11am Jul 31, 1998 PST(#7 of 24)

How can anyone say yes or no to that? It would depend on the person. In mysteries, the villain usually gets caught, (In the ones I've read, at least.) So, to some people, that may accur to them as a challenge. Meaning, to see if they can do something illegal and get away with it *without* being caught. To some people, they may drive it home that crime nevers pays. Some people could remain indifferent to mysteries. It depends on who you are. I am an indifferent. I read mysteries for the entertainment, and nothing else. They never have any effect on my personal beleifs, since in my opinion, they are *just* entertainment.


Diana Goodavage - 02:04pm Nov 10, 1998 PST(#8 of 24)

I've wondered about the question of whether mysteries promote crime, because the mysteries always promote a very sanitized version of the crime, and, in the case of murder mysteries, at least, the victim is (necessarily!!) some kind of villain, usually and the murderer is frequently a victim.

I hope that my son (seven years) identifies with the detective who is catching the criminal, and it seems to me that he usually does. That's why I like the young kid detectives on The

I would like to hear opinions on this topic, though. Haven't there been actual crimes committed using ideas from mystery novels?

Thanks, Diana G.

Tyler Robins - 07:33am Jan 30, 1999 PST(#9 of 24)

Check out my answer in Should There Be Murder in Myteries for Kids. I'm 11 and I think I can speak for a lot of kids.

Chantel Dawn Lyngstad - 04:08pm Apr 7, 1999 PST(#10 of 24)
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious(or somthing like that!!)- Albert Einstein

I don't think mysteries promote crime, but in fact PREVENT it(as long as the villian is caught and punished). People, especially children, see that there is consequences for doing things illegally. CDL

Devin D. - 01:19pm Aug 17, 1999 PST(#11 of 24)

I agree with Aspen. I believe that what matters is how the child was raised and taught I am 11 and I like read mysteries with murder and I am NOT violent.


jamie frazell - 10:47am Sep 13, 1999 PST(#12 of 24)
and now for something completely different....

this is an interesting question-sort of the chicken/egg egg/chicken. is it a cycle? like, they read a particularly gruesome novel(thomas harris comes to mind) and then decide to do that? and then somebody bases a book on them, and someone copies that? and what about the villians that don't get caught? just curious as to what your thoughts are on the above. jamie

Shelley J. - 07:58pm Nov 20, 1999 PST(#13 of 24)
"Behind them lay pain, and death, and fear; ahead of them lay doubt, and danger, and fathomless mysteries. But they weren't alone."

I do not think that mystery novels promote crime. The decision to commit a crime is not based on a book one has read. If it is, then that person needs serious help because they are already damaged in some way if they are using books as the catalyst for their criminal activities.

It might interest some of you to know that most murders are crimes of passion. In other words, they are committed in the moment and are not planned or premediated. Crimes of passion are those where the prepetrator comes home to find the victim in bed with his or her spouse and shoots him or her in a fit of rage.

In addition to that, you are most likely to be murdered by someone you know: a family member of a friend. These crimes are usually crimes of passion.

Only 3% of murderers are actually classified as insane. In my opinion, which I believe is supported by these facts, crime is not caused by reading mysteries. If they were the cause of crime, we'd see a lot more premediated murders.

I've read mysteries since I was a child. Nancy Drew at first and later, some Agatha Christie and other various authors. They have taught me to think anaylitically and to be logical when presented with certain facts so that I could come to a proper conclusion. I have never wanted to run out and kill someone based on what I have read and none of it has given me ideas about how to kill someone.

If anything, the only thing that has crossed my mind is that if that many murders happened in my hometown, I'd move.:)

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