Sunday, 10 July 2011
I need to know how to kill someone without it becoming immediately apparent.
There, I’ve said it.
Eventually, suspicions will be raised and the police called to investigate. You can relax, people this is a plot device and not something more nefarious. But how do I find this kind of stuff out? You try an internet search with the words – killing methods. Or, making enquiries at the local cop shop or library while using a sentence like the one I began this post with.
And don’t they keep an eye on these kinds of things? Isn’t there a team of eager beavers employed by M15/ FBI/ Mossad/ CIA/ News International trawling search engines for just this kind of dangerous enquiry?
And what if I wanted to research terrorist stuff, or paedophilia?
They’d be knocking on my door quicker than you could say News of the World Phone Hackers. And I’d be in hand-cuffs and hauled off to the local council run underground bunker for a spot of water-boarding.
I’m remembering news headlines from a few years back (2003?)when Pete Townshend of The Who was brought before the beaks when his name was found on a list of people using their credit card details to download pornographic images of children.
He was cleared but put on the child offenders’ registry for 5 years.
Townshend later explained he was sexually abused as a child and, in preparation of a possible autobiography, he was researching how easily child pornography can be accessed online, in order to argue that Internet service providers need to become more vigilant. “It must be time to do something more concrete to stop the proliferation of questionable pornography that seems so readily and openly facilitated by the Internet,” he later wrote about the experience.
He’s since been reviled across the globe but continues to protest his innocence. I’m content to go with the authorities on this one given that they presumably have all the facts, but my thought was - all that heartache in the name of research?
Incredibly naive, don’tcha think?
So good people, what research projects have you embarked on that has you looking over your shoulders?