This is something I have been thinking about for a while, but never got around to asking… I thought I would start it off in IMHO but mods, feel free to move if it lives long enough to <gasp> become a debate.
There are several TV shows along the lines of “American Justice” that describe in graphic detail exactly how some very disturbing crimes get committed. From robberies all the way to rape/murder and mass murders. They are also very explicit in detailing how the crimes happened and how they were solved… very often pointing out exactly where the criminal failed to cover his/her tracks properly. Usually, these shows even interview the investigating officers and they are very candid about how they went about solving the case. They describe what forensic evidence was left at the crime scene, what they were able to do with it and how it may/may not have helped solve the case. Hell, I even watched one a couple weeks back and they were saying what the best way to dispose of a body was! This was coming from a pathologist.
So, I guess what I am saying is this. Say that if someone wanted to kill somebody (or do whatever), by watching these TV shows they are almost getting step-step instructions in what to do and what not to do in order to carry out the crime.
Now, I am not saying that IMHO we should ban these TV shows (I like watching some) but is it possible that it may make the cops jobs tougher in the long run by showing off their skill and expertise? Should there be a line that drawn for cutting off what the “mass-market” sees on nightly TV? Or is it of the opinion that if someone really wanted to commit a crime, the smart ones would get whatever info the could from other sources?