Yesterday I watched a documentary that put some thinking into my head. I was going to write an observation about it but instead I figure this will be a better way to share the thought. The documentary was titled “thought crimes: the case of the cannibal cop”. It’s pretty clear that the story is about former NYPD cop Gilberto Valle. If you don’t know the story the sum of it goes like this. He was a cop with a wife and child who at night would join this fetish chatroom and chat about FANTASY details about him cooking and eating people he knew in real life. He even went as far to provide details to how he was going to do it, his emotional state of mine on the topic, and he gave names of REAL people who he was “plotting” to do it too… Anyway you want better details.. watch the documentary cause it’s a pretty interesting story.
Now the story itself is pretty clear. Here is a guy who YES did commit a crime by using the NYPD police data base to get information for personal use. BIGGGGGGGGGGGG ILLEGAL MOVE on his part. Further with the story he used the details and applied them to his chatroom stories. Now what details he used is the part that bothers “Me” personally. He ended up using the first names and pictures of people he knew “including his own wife and child”. Even went as far to say HE HAD ADDRESSES AND information.. HE SAID HE HAD.. but never used or released. He wrote a blue print for how to kidnap some of the people and included a serious amount of detail to it.
Now this is the part that bothers me and really stayed with me. The man used Google to get details on much of this plot. Meaning for him to find out any information for his FANTASY he had to take all of two seconds to type out the words. WWW.GOOGLE.COM and search for disturbing things like “How to cook a human” and “How to kidnap people”. While it’s disturbing to think about why anyone would look up such information the thing that really bothered me was why it was never brought up in court or any place from what I have been reading about HOW EASY it was TO GET said information. Keep in mind the man googled the details and put it all together. However not once did he make any real life moves on any of it. It was all based on theory and search results.
Personally I like to write AND read. I love to read horror, I am a big fan of horror video games, movies, and some music is influenced by stuff like that. The thing that sort of stuck with me with this story is that I have known for some time that the details that go into making most of the stuff I enjoy require some level of research. To write any sort of good fiction you need reference’s same with any art or creation of any type. I know this because I enjoy watching documentaries. I enjoy hearing about the details.. The question this all comes down to with me and this story is Why was nothing researched by anyone but the man who wrote the Fantasy stories and how much is to much information?
I mean honestly we live in a world that feeds off of violence, gore, really strong lyrical content, adult themes and we never question how? Why? or what the bases will be for to much? An artist today can sing about Rape, Violence, details about how to build a bomb and so on this is all acceptable and most of it will make millions as a shining example. Hell I have heard artist us the art they have to explain in very detailed lyrics how to do most of the stuff and explain the emotional detail that goes into it. Yet for some odd reason a man does the same thing in a chatroom that “Some” think was a serious conversation “which in itself is debatable” and it becomes this big thing? I am not saying the man didn’t commit a crime. HE DID..and it’s good he was trialed and “Still” is being trialed for it. However I don’t think the topic should be presented about how he achieved the details. ANYONE could have googled MOST of information he did. Perhaps it was the combination on the level of detail? Yet I question even that because isn’t that how we get most of the great movies we have today? Research and Realism in Fantasy? I can’t tell you how many people still believe Aliens live in New York thanks to the MIB… but perhaps that’s another issue all together…haha
—————— Further down the path..lets back track…
How did I even find this story? Well I have two reasons.. FIRST.. I remember seeing the headlines in the papers “which I don’t read”.. Newspapers to me are farrrrrrrrrrrr to depressing to read and honestly i CAN’T STAND media to begin with. AND TWO.. I follow an Actor/Director by the name of Darren Lynn Bousman.. He posted Yesterday 05/18/2015 This!
I watched an interesting / disturbing documentary on HBO entitled THOUGHT CRIMES… Basically posing the question should thinking something be illegal, and can one be arrested for a crime they don’t commit. They framed the doc around the CANNIBAL COP who fantasized about killing and eating his victims, but never did anything, just researched the topic…
It brought up the point, that we share more information about who we are with GOOGLE than our own loved ones. Think about the searches you do on a daily basis, imagine if those were to go public. Our purchases, our fantasies, our dark obsessions, the web knows our secrets…
I for one know I would be arrested… Just last night I googled the following things – no joke.
Black and White Photos of Bondage,
Naked Urban Decay,
Medical Experiments that resulted in Death,
Now, the above was all research for a project I am working on. But for someone going through my computer I still look like a freak…
The internet scares me – without context, I look like a madman! Well, maybe I am.
What’s the craziest thing you have searched, that out of context makes you look like a freak?!” end quote…
Now naturally I took the step to watch the documentary which is why I started this entire thing. For some of you that don’t know Darren was the director for the Saw 2, 3, and 4 films as well as other great horror films of recent. Really it makes me think about other topics. Everyone KNOWS I LOVE MORTAL KOMBAT.. in the recent game it’s…GORY.. and to create anything with that level of details you need to research..human bodies, reactions to pain, sounds..so on..To write music you need to have bad experiences and good or it’s boring. You can’t have the bad stuff to talk about without the good stuff with both you need the details.
I think the thing that should really be brought up with this story is the details. IT DIDN’T TAKE WORK.. to come up with the details this man “on trial” used. He did it after work between 12am and 5am which took a point and click approach. Instead of using fake names he used real one’s. For example anyone RIGHT NOW could go on google and research how to make a cake. You can google the information and have a cake ready as fast as the time it takes to buy, build, and eat it. The same thing can be said for How to construct a gun from scratch. It’s really scary because we have access to that information really at any point and FAST.. so naturally we question the motives cause “WHAT IF”.
What if someone researches how to build a virus and does the test to make it happen? What if that person is a terrorist and no one is around to watch em? I think it becomes paranoia and caution which makes sense to me because horrible things have happened because of the lack of interest in it. Yet with that it scares the shit out of me that THOUGHTS will get you in trouble. Researching and writing will get you into some serious issues. This is America! We are living in the place that you are supposed to be able to think what you want! We are who we are because of our ideas. True some are really bad but you get good from the bad..
I hate to think about a place that I am forced to control my thinking because I MIGHT do something. I am sorry but I am the BEST example I can come up with for someone who doesn’t follow that structure at all. I surround myself in horror, violent video games, violent music, and some pretty morbid stuff yet I always come back to reality and sing the jiggly puff song. “Anyone who knows me gets that reference” It’s all based on ideas..interests and not motivation. You build your character on ideas and on the ACTIONS YOU DO. I never have been violent .. I almost never use bad words, I have never done a drug that wasn’t given to me by a doctor or my mother “Aspirin, Tylonal ..crap like that”. My actions prove I love to write, my job is ok.. and I love my family more every day. It’s about what I DO not what I think.. I think I am cool…”Probably not!” So yea..it’s a strange way of thinking to think.. You can’t say that…because you will get in trouble… you can’t present that idea..it’s to violent.. and gives people the creeps.. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE ACTIONS OF THAT PERSON..
People.. not the actions.. people are complicated.. we have emotions that go up..down..and we all have secrets. I don’t have really anything that is super strange..”I came to this conclusion after thinking about the google question…(What is the strangest thing you have ever googled?) Think whatever you want.. let your actions define you..and IF You think something and it comes to the attention of people in a bad way and they go after you for it… SOMETHING IS WRONG With the world…NOT YOU..