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Murder and its depiction

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Violent Crimes |

Many mental health professionals and others have researched the motivations behind those who committed murder. Numerous studies and commentaries examine why the public maintains a fascination with or a nonchalant attitude toward the depiction of murders in popular culture. An untold number of South Carolina residents might view films or other forms of entertainment that depict violent crime, and some wonder why.

Depictions of murder

Murder remains a convention in films, television shows, books, and other mediums. Some depictions are purely fictional, and others center on true crime stories. Some common threads reveal themselves when examining a true or fictitious killing. For example, greed remains a primary motivation in many criminal activity-related killings, as evidenced in gangster films.

Emotions sometimes factor into murders, with jealousy being one example. Envy may be another. Some murders result from a person under the influence of drugs or alcohol losing control and reacting violently. Again, several factors might underlie someone’s motivations. The public often finds itself viewing stories or reports about murders and seeing motivations play out as a contribution to a plot. In real life, the reasons lead to violent crimes and harsh penalties.

Murder and the legal system

The commission of a murder in South Carolina might result in the death penalty since taking someone’s life is a capital offense. Anyone charged with murder could also face a life sentence. At sentencing hearings, the defendant could petition the court for life imprisonment instead of capital punishment.

Although someone is charged with murder, the facts surrounding the case may point to manslaughter, a crime less serious than murder. A further review of the case may point to problems with police conduct or a witness’s credibility. Such things could undermine a prosecutor’s case.