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From page A12 | September 20, 2013 | 11 Comments

I celebrate the excellent journalistic writing that The Enterprise and its contributors have published over the years. I was confused and disturbed, however, by the recent article of the twin slayings of the elderly couple in South Davis. I believe this article was written in poor taste and reflects badly upon The Enterprise’s journalistic integrity and style.

The sheer detail presented in this article — while it explained the graphic scenes of the murder, and more importantly, the graphic thoughts of the murderer — was unnecessary and excessive.

How are Davis High students supposed to be feel when they read that their fellow student was profiling them and thinking about murdering them? How does it make residents of Lillard Drive feel to learn that a budding serial killer roamed their street with a baseball bat?

As a faithful reader, I would appreciate that The Enterprise would practice more journalistic restraint in publishing details of stories like this.

Tim Lewis
Davis

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  • JoeSeptember 19, 2013 - 9:02 am

    There was nothing wrong with the coverage of the murder. This town's liberals are a bit too sensitive.

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  • Fred HarveySeptember 19, 2013 - 6:56 pm

    Well, Tim, as an also faithful reader, the devil is in the details which make me better informed and better able to survive in a crazy world. There is absolutely noting wrong with the Enterprise's journalistic integrity. P.S. to Joe: i am a liberal. But how did you know that Tim is a liberal?

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  • September 21, 2013 - 12:33 am

    I agree with Fred Harvey. I found Ms. Keene's article to be well-written and considerate. She reported on the details of the testimony in a straight-forward and factual manner. I did not find any part of the story to be inflammatory, excessively graphic or biased. I personally was relieved to finally read an account of the evidence the investigators found, and I would have been very disappointed if the Enterprise chose to whitewash the reporting with a generalized accounting of the hearing. As a reader and citizen I hope to find out as much as possible about this case. As for parents concerned about their children reading the story, I suggest that you review the paper before handing it to the kids. I don't think that the Enterprise stories regarding the Garzon case or the more recent arrest of the Mattos' were any less lacking in what some label "grisly" details. Personally I consider detailed reporting to be good reporting. It's a newspaper, folks, not a fairytale.

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  • Ann ESeptember 21, 2013 - 1:17 am

    "How are Davis High students supposed to be feel when they read that their fellow student was profiling them and thinking about murdering them? How does it make residents of Lillard Drive feel to learn that a budding serial killer roamed their street with a baseball bat?" As a resident who lives on Cowell Boulevard approximately three blocks East of the Northup/Maupin residence, knowing that the nights that I left my bedroom and kitchen windows cracked open a few inches to let in the cool night air last April could have resulted in my demise or a very unpleasant altercation (given that Mr. Marsh was apparently roaming eastward down Cowell from his home on Lillard on the night of the slayings), it makes me feel naive and also very lucky that I have never suffered illl consequence from my choices. I will never, ever again take my safety for granted. I personally appreciate the Enterprise's reporting and the detail provided. There is no sense in whitewashing news stories to make them more palatable for sensitive individuals.

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  • Alan MillerSeptember 23, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    You would rather these facts were hidden from the public and students? That would creating a society of ostriches.

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  • JamesSeptember 20, 2013 - 6:38 am

    It's called the First Amendment, Tim. The public doesn't deserve a whitewashing of facts, they deserve the truth. I wouldn't want my media outlet censoring what they believe to be inappropriate facts. If you don't like it, don't read it.

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  • Fred HarveySeptember 20, 2013 - 7:01 am

    .......and this to the Christians: If you do not like pornography stop watching it! And if you do not like gay children, quit producing them! And if you are offended by facts, then turn the page. You have no business trying to regulate everyone's life.

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  • Noreen MazelisSeptember 20, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    Fred, you're a bit off topic, aren't you?

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  • Fred HarveySeptember 20, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    Not at all. The topic is deranged people trying to control others.

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  • Davis G'maSeptember 23, 2013 - 10:28 pm

    In the past, newspapers wouldn't reveal the details of an investigation. For example, intimate details of the Riggins and Gonzales murders were kept quiet for about 30 years. Newspaper readers knew that there was a reasons that details were kept to a minimum.

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  • Fred HarveySeptember 23, 2013 - 11:43 pm

    ..........and what exactly is your point?

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