Why is Connecticut killer Adam Lanza being called the ‘Goth killer’
The tragic shooting i the USA over the weekend is being labelled by some media outlets as being perpetrated by the ‘Goth Killer’. Of course he could have been a Goth, he could have had a stack of Sisters Of Mercy albums and Sex Gang Children singles- but it doesn’t feel likely. He may have erred towards the rock side in his music taste but no-one has mentioned anything about that yet. He didn’t seem to dress in Goth clothes preferring ‘khaki cargo trousers’ and ‘looking like a nerd’. It just seems Goth is an easy word to throw into the equation, like saying he wasn’t one of us and those ‘weird’ dressed types are killers…
It’s not easy to know what music taste the killer had and this does not rule anything out but it doesn’t rule anything in.
And even if he was a Goth why is his killing spree labelled as this- if he was into Fleetwood Mac would he be called the ‘MOR killer’, if was into Britney Spears would he be called the ‘Corporate pop killer’- it seems strange how quick the word Goth gets applied to these tragic murders instead of looking for the real triggers and reasons why they happen so much instead of creating more alienation.