As trial nears, debate grows over naming the Aurora theater shooter
Denver Post - 02/09/2015
Other experts on criminal psychology, though, are skeptical about whether a name alone is enough to motivate mass murderers. Dr. James Alan Fox, a professor at Northeastern University in Boston and the author of the book “Extreme Killing,” said it is important for media coverage not to show fascination with killers or their beliefs. That would mean, for instance, not publishing manifestos by killers clearly seeking attention.
But, in the proper context, a name is just another factual detail of the case, he said.
“It’s OK to shed light on them and what they’ve done without giving them a spotlight,” Fox said.