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CSI helped him get away with murder ... but The Passion of the Christ made him confess.
March 29, 2004 1:31 PM   Subscribe

CSI helped him get away with murder ... but The Passion of the Christ made him confess. When did real life jump the shark and become a bad postmodern novel?
posted by blueshammer (28 comments total)

 
Let's hope they don't show him "Escape from Alcatraz" in prison.
posted by stevis at 1:46 PM on March 29, 2004


When did real life jump the shark and become a bad postmodern novel?

Jan. 20, 2001.
posted by PrinceValium at 1:57 PM on March 29, 2004


Find the odd part to this story: the coroner says she was not pregnant.

real life jump the shark
Real life is losing it's ratings? Where do movie ideas come from that are "sometimes out there" but real.
Hope life will be more real than fiction when Ted McGinley is hired in my life.
posted by thomcatspike at 2:19 PM on March 29, 2004


Jump The Shark: When Good Things Go Bad
posted by thomcatspike at 2:23 PM on March 29, 2004


When did real life jump the shark and become a bad postmodern novel?

When the expression "jump the shark" waterskied over a shark and we moved into the era of post-postmodern analogies would be my guess.
posted by liam at 2:26 PM on March 29, 2004


Actually that's a pretty clever murder... anyone know if the pseudo suicide note idea came specifically from an episode of CSI or was the guy just inspired by the show?
posted by bobo123 at 2:34 PM on March 29, 2004


This has been big news in Houston. The thing that bothers me the most about it (other than, you know, the murder itself) is that the local media is treating him like the feel-good human-interest hurray-for-Jesus man of the year. Ech.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 2:38 PM on March 29, 2004


Television and movies are truly tools of learning. A television show showed him how to kill his girlfriend, and a movie showed him that he needed to confess. Great.

I wonder if he's a fan of HBO's tv series Oz?
posted by mikeh at 2:43 PM on March 29, 2004


I don't get the cleverness in this act.

Who kills themselves lying down on a bed with a pillow on their face?

Sad story, glad to hear he turned himself in.
LittleMissCranky, that's a nasty spin on this story.
posted by Busithoth at 2:47 PM on March 29, 2004


It's catching.
posted by Blue Stone at 2:49 PM on March 29, 2004


Television's a wonderful tool. Unfortunately, there isn't a series called Life, which demonstrates how ordinary people who have more than 3% body fat can go about accepting responsibility for their actions and mistakes, and live happily -- and all this without robots, lasers, or hanging out of a helicopter.
posted by ed at 2:52 PM on March 29, 2004


I agree with Busithoth-- how could they have thought this was a suicide in the first place? You can hang yourself lying in a bed with a cord attached to the headboard?

There was a guy on the local news last night who turned himself in for some burglaries after seeing the movie.
posted by mcguirk at 2:54 PM on March 29, 2004


These are the heart-warming tales of redemption that really make me feel like we're getting somewhere in this crazy game called life.
posted by The God Complex at 2:56 PM on March 29, 2004


An odd story! The parents became concerned not because they called and there was no answer but because she had not used her bank account in a few days. And the guy seeks redemption but shows no remorse.
posted by Postroad at 2:58 PM on March 29, 2004


Now I'm inspired to make a movie version of Goethe's Werther to see if I can convince a bunch of droopy romantics to off themselves.

Maybe if we made a film where Jeebus sez, "Look, just settle down and stop hatin' on each other and feed the poor and tend to the sick and quit being so fucking narrowminded and sanctimonious."

Nah.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:19 PM on March 29, 2004


Sorry, BitterOldPunk, your plotline does not call for gratuitous nudity or "scourging." No deal.
posted by PrinceValium at 3:35 PM on March 29, 2004


It's catching.
posted by Blue Stone at 10:49 PM GMT on March 29

The parents became concerned not because they called and there was no answer but because she had not used her bank account in a few days.

How the hell would they know that?

Who kills themselves lying down on a bed with a pillow on their face?

Where does it say that? - it says the cord was tied to the headboard, and also that she had a pillowcase over her head; the position of the body is not referred to.
posted by dash_slot- at 3:37 PM on March 29, 2004


This is also the movie that killed a woman. Can Mel turn himself into the authorities?
posted by ed at 3:37 PM on March 29, 2004


The film also killed a pastor.

Now that the film has been released in the Phillpines, I bet the traditional Easter celebrations will be a lot more fun.
posted by SPrintF at 4:12 PM on March 29, 2004


the position of the body is not referred to.

Well, it was either on the bed or the floor, no? Either way, a rather ridiculous way for someone to hang themself.

I also thought the bank account thing was the most bizarre aspect of this story. Presumably the parents have access to the account and deposit money for the girl's use and noticed she hadn't taken out anything since the last deposit. Omitting this from the story is pretty weird.
posted by dobbs at 4:14 PM on March 29, 2004


that the local media is treating him like the feel-good human-interest hurray-for-Jesus man of the year.
In Dallas, Tx it was pointed out; the authorities are seeking a double homicide since she may have been pregnant.
posted by thomcatspike at 4:28 PM on March 29, 2004


He said he will remember a lesson from this case. "If a mother tells me, `This is not like my child,' I am going to listen to her a little more carefully."

Nah.. just keep ignoring the clues. Good one Rosco, d'uh hoot.
posted by stbalbach at 4:29 PM on March 29, 2004


I totally can't wait until Law & Order does a ripped from the headlines version of this story.
posted by VulcanMike at 4:46 PM on March 29, 2004



the authorities are seeking a double homicide since she may have been pregnant.

coming soon: onanism = genocide

posted by matteo at 5:04 PM on March 29, 2004


What a horrible story.
posted by orange swan at 5:22 PM on March 29, 2004


When did real life become a postmodern novel? I want to say during the First Gulf War ... there was something very odd about seeing all this stuff covered live, in a thoroughness that had never quite happened before. It just felt different ... and things have felt like that ever since for me. I wish I could express it better ...
posted by pyramid termite at 6:46 PM on March 29, 2004


My question is this: what did that pastor have on his soul that was so potent that it killed him while watching Mel's bloodfest?
posted by Irontom at 4:36 AM on March 30, 2004


mcguirk I agree with Busithoth-- how could they have thought this was a suicide in the first place? You can hang yourself lying in a bed with a cord attached to the headboard?

This happens a lot by accident with people whose kink is auto-erotic asphyxiation. Picture a tallish headboard ~1.5-2m. Attach one end of cord to the top of the head board and the other around your neck such that there is not enough slack to allow you to lay down with out choking yourself. Then take up the slack.

This is a rare though not unheard of sucide method as well though suicides usually use a plastic bag not a pillow case.
posted by Mitheral at 11:15 AM on March 31, 2004


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