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  • Massachusetts braces for Hernandez, Marathon bombing trials

    The New York Times - 01/11/2015

    People find both cases fascinating but for very different reasons, said Jack Levin, a criminologist and sociologist at Boston’s Northeastern University.

    “In the case of the marathon bombing, the fascination comes from a widespread feeling that people have that they are vulnerable. There’s a negative fascination there,” he said. “People are scared to death by the possibility of terrorism.”

    “In the Hernandez case, it’s because we place a tremendous value on athletes, and when one of them commits a serious crime like homicide, it shocks the public,” Levin said. “It’s a hero falling from grace.”

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