A Florida man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, after displaying a picture of her deceased body on his Facebook account . The picture was preceded by an unnerving post to friends and family, reading:
“Im going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys, miss you guys takecare Facebook people you will see me in the news.”
The suspect turned himself in to police shortly thereafter. As the media tried to make sense of such a violent act, attention was drawn to the fact that he had posted Youtube videos of himself working out in a martial arts gym prior to the murder.
It’s unfortunate that when violent crimes occur, the media will report on any relationship between the defendant and the martial arts community. The not so subtle insinuation being made is that the individual in question was more likely to be violent if they had engaged in prior training that simulated combat. In the 24 hour news cycle, anyone seen messing around on a heavy bag becomes a representative of the martial arts community.
Morals of the Story
1. If you plan on committing a violent crime, don’t post rudimentary videos of yourself attempting martial arts techniques before doing so. It just makes our community look bad.
2. Throwing sloppy punches and kicks at a heavy bag does not make you a “martial artist.”
When covering violent crimes, do you believe the media places too great of an emphasis on the fringe ties a suspect has to the martial arts community? Leave a comment, and let us know what you think!