Beware of Jack

Last week, a South Dakota teenager killed his mother with a sword, injured three others, and was killed by police officers responding to the call. (One of the officers was among the injured parties.)I first heard about this in an Associated Press story forwarded to me by Jack Thompson with the...

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Last week, a South Dakota teenager killed his mother with a sword, injured three others, and was killed by police officers responding to the call. (One of the officers was among the injured parties.)

I first heard about this in an Associated Press story forwarded to me by Jack Thompson with the subject heading "Gamer, obviously." The Associated Press story makes no reference to gaming at all, but does say the teen apparently collected swords.

That e-mail was followed up shortly by another one from Thompson, this one a copy of something he apparently sent to the police investigating the matter. As he has done in other cases of teen violence, Thompson told the police to look for violent games in the teen's home, citing them as a likely trigger for violent behavior. And as with almost all of his missives, Thompson managed to not-so-casually mention his numerous TV appearances in which he talked about violent games.

The deaths are obviously tragic, and Thompson's attempt to predispose the police investigation to a particular finding is both unsettling and unfair to the victims and their families.

However, the reason I'm writing this blog post is not to gripe about Thompson and his tactics. I'm not even writing it to mock him for referring to Mortal Kombat and Diablo as "knife-killing games" in his letter to the chief of police. This excerpt from the letter is the reason I'm writing this:

"Re:  Sword Killings

Dear Chief Schmitt:

I am an expert in the above type of attack, as I appeared on 60 Minutes and roughly 80 other national television programs as to such incidents."

That's right. Jack Thompson is a sword killing expert. Do you think he puts that on his business cards?

-Brendan Sinclair

Discussion

10 comments
RogueShadow0618
RogueShadow0618

You could read that as him saying he is an expert at killing people with swords...

Hekynn
Hekynn

Jack Thompshon should go to freaking jail man! he is a freaking joke! I mean come on man gaming is a right to do right gamers? =)

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Jack Thompson with the subject heading "Gamer, obviously." I like to think, "Book reader, obviously."

lord-of-gamers
lord-of-gamers

rofl lets see how we can turn this - he is the expert and the people were expertly killed (wonders) - framing the kid? Politics SUCKS!

gamer_1001
gamer_1001

Hahahahahahaha.......man this guy is a joke, being a big mouth lawyer and creating moral panic wasn't enough to keep him occupied, he take on a part time job as sword hacking expert...what is next, ban all ninja? Here is a hint Jack, TMNT is playing in the threater next door, better start foaming... I can't believe a guy like him actually manage to grab our attentions for the last few years.

T_K_14
T_K_14

No more, let's just ignore him. Jack doesn't deserve the press.

AceCometh
AceCometh

It really irritates me how Jack Thompson throws his weight around. Encouraging police to look for violent video games, despite that this is an unrelated case, is an obstruction of justice. I say that everyone in the Videogaming community rally together and sign some kind of petition to have his lawyer's liscenses revoked. I doubt that's even possible, but it's a wonderful dream.

Nickolai1979
Nickolai1979

Wow, Brendan. Just.... Wow. Jackie-boy is more dangerous than I thought. Gamer, obviously. :rolleyes

GS_News
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Last week, a South Dakota teenager killed his mother with a sword, injured three others, and was killed by police officers responding to the call. (One of the officers was among the injured parties.)

I first heard about this in an Associated Press story forwarded to me by Jack Thompson with the subject heading "Gamer, obviously." The Associated Press story makes no reference to gaming at all, but does say the teen apparently collected swords.

That e-mail was followed up shortly by another one from Thompson, this one a copy of something he apparently sent to the police investigating the matter. As he has done in other cases of teen violence, Thompson told the police to look for violent games in the teen's home, citing them as a likely trigger for violent behavior. And as with almost all of his missives, Thompson managed to not-so-casually mention his numerous TV appearances in which he talked about violent games.

The deaths are obviously tragic, and Thompson's attempt to predispose the police investigation to a particular finding is both unsettling and unfair to the victims and their families.

However, the reason I'm writing this blog post is not to gripe about Thompson and his tactics. I'm not even writing it to mock him for referring to Mortal Kombat and Diablo as "knife-killing games" in his letter to the chief of police. This excerpt from the letter is the reason I'm writing this:

"Re: