Exit killer, enter Jack Thompson

Lawyer to represent family of victim in Ohio shooting spree; lawsuit will target game publishers.

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Web site gamepolitics.com and the Ohio-based Columbus Dispatch are reporting that headline-seeking attorney Jack Thompson will represent the family of Gail Knisley, shot and killed in November 2003 by Charles A. McCoy Jr. while she drove on an interstate in the Columbus area. Reportedly, Thompson will bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the Knisley family against a number of game publishers--thought by Thompson to have prompted or contributed to McCoy's actions. McCoy was an avid player of video games. For more than a year, from May 2003 to March 2004, McCoy randomly targeted and shot at autos, a home, and a school, claiming "messages from the TV" compelled him toward those and other actions. McCoy was sentenced yesterday to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the death of Gail Knisley.

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9 comments
RockaWuzHur
RockaWuzHur

Video games do not I repeat DO NOT cause this kind of behavior. If a person is easily influencable he/she should not be playing video games at all.

Rentago
Rentago

When your getting messages from TV that means your crazy

JSharpe_187
JSharpe_187

2 things wrong with Thompson's allegations: 1. not all people who kill play video games 2. Not all people who play video games kill. In fact, it rounds to 0% of serious gamers* who actually kill someone. *Those who actually own a console, and don't just play web games or arcade games or a game at a friend's house occasionally

chicknfeet
chicknfeet moderator

McCoy is an asshat for doing what he did but JT cant pin his behavior on simply playing video games. Thats just stupid

digimrm2004
digimrm2004

here is the funny thing about this stupid douchebag: Out of the many murder cases in america, just about what percent of them involve people who were avid gamers? Thompson makes it seem like a lot by exposing it and bringing it to the public attention and blaming games is the only thing his miniscule brain can handle.

hart704
hart704

I have tons of M rated games. Come and arrest me too! Come on! I'm beggin' ya, Thompson! Make me famous!

Blazzaay
Blazzaay

either way JT's a big sagging ******bag

traviswitmer
traviswitmer

um if you're crazy before you start to play video games, your crazy after you play video games......this kid was violent regardless of what he did in his spare time....if he played baseball would Thompson have blamed the murders on the MLB?

yahiko4
yahiko4

No offense to the kid, but he either isn't really a gamer and was just blaming it on them hoping to get a lesser sentence, or he was nuts.