Last night, our fine local news channels lead their late night broadcasts with a pretty heinous story. Out in Lancaster, it seems, a man murdered his girlfriend. In front of her children. With a sword.
This story is horrible, but that wasn’t enough for our local news directors! They had to play the fucking audio of one of the children — a nine year-old girl — screaming and crying that they’d watched it happen, and didn’t want their mother to die.
Can someone please tell me what part of the public’s interest is served by broadcasting this horrible, tragic moment of children suffering? Other than the sick voyeurism and television ratings parts, that is.
I’m sure the people who made the decision to play this tape (purely for the news value, not the shock value, of course) will hide behind Lee Baca, who said the tapes were released because people just wouldn’t pay enough attention to the crime if they didn’t:
“When we talk about crime in the family, this is a level of incomprehensible violence that all of us have to step back and contemplate why these this things happen,” Baca said. “This type of crime … where children are participants in trying to rescue their mother as she becomes mortally slain is really beyond the pale when it comes to someone quite frankly in a deranged state.
“We need to get a desperate man off the street, we need to get him off the street right now.”
Right. We get it. This man is a monster and should be off the street. You know what? We kind of got that when we heard that he murdered their mother with a sword in front of her children.
There’s just no good reason to exploit their suffering by blanketing the city with their anguished cries at the top of the 9, 10, and 11 o’clock news.
Now, in the public interest of catching this son of a bitch:
Jesus Humberto Canales fled the scene in the 4100 block of West Avenue L about 2 a.m. Saturday in a bronze-colored 2002 GMC Safari van, California license plate number 6CBY663, according to the sheriff’s department. Canales may have a pistol and should be considered armed and dangerous, deputies said.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call homicide detectives at 323-890-5500.