It's taboo

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"Murder, even a double murder with a knife that left two people bleeding to death on the pavement, is somehow not so far out of the American mainstream," says Mr [Tim] Rutten [media critic for the Los Angeles Times]. "Look at the video games our kids play: we are inured to violence. Murder is easy to talk about, but this is different. Child molestation is distasteful. You can't have a loud conversation in a restaurant about what Michael Jackson is accused of doing to some little boy's penis. It's taboo."

source: Article 'Thriller? More like a lonely freak show' by Charles Laurence & Catherine Elsworth;; Telegraph; 6 March 2005