Cases of children killing even younger children are rare but have occurred before. Eleven-year-old Mary Bell (England, 1960) killed two young children and Jessie Pomeroy (United States, 1874) murdered and mutilated 29 younger children by the time he was 14. Both did their deeds without prompting by violent videos. Some serial killers and serial rapists do admit using pornographic and violent material but so do millions of ordinary people, so this cannot be the cause of their crimes.
In fact, some killers can be triggered by virtually anything. Heinrich Pommerenke, who murdered 10 women, confessed that his first murder had happened after watching the women dancing round the golden calf in film The Ten Commandments.
Just what does Mr Appleyard suggest should be censored? As for societal trends, other societies have followed similar trends without having access to violent videos.
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