4. Murder

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
1

In addition to the physical harms already mentioned, some evidence was received alleging a connection between murder and pornographic materials. Cases were reported to the Commission in which a murder may have been patterned after a depiction found in a pornographic magazine or film. For example, the New York Times reported:

The December 1984 issue of Penthouse carried this eroticized torture into the 'men's entertainment' forum with a series of photographs of Asian women bound with heavy rope, hung from trees, and sectioned into parts. It is not known whether this pictorial incited a crime that occurred two months later wherein an eight year old Chinese girl living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was kidnaped, raped, murdered and left hanging from a tree limb.[813]

Witnesses also described the influence they perceived pornography had in their criminal activities or the crimes others had committed:

The day came when I invited a small neighborhood boy into my apartment, molested him and then killed him in fear of being caught. Over the next few years I kidnapped, sexually abused and murdered four other boys.

Pornography wasn't the only negative influence in my life, but its effect on me was devastating. I lost all sense of decency and respect for humanity and life.[814]

Notes

  1. N.Y. Times, Feb. 4, 1985.
  2. Anonymous letter to the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.