Husband Killed Wife, But She Was The GTA Player

March 31, 2009 -

Wait - isn't the Grand Theft Auto player supposed to be the one who turns violent?

It doesn't always work that way, apparently. The Telegraph reports that a British man stabbed his wife to death, in part over her predilection for playing GTA all through the night:

Malcolm Palmer, 62, turned on the mother of his three children after she became hooked on the violent Grand Theft Auto driving game. He was forced to sleep on a sofa in their conservatory as Carol Cannom, 46, stayed up all night with the 37-inch plasma television screen she brought into their room for her all-night gaming sessions...
 
[Their son] would play... until midnight, after which Ms Cannom would take over, regularly staying up until five or six in the morning, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

"Carol quickly became hooked. He was very unhappy about the amount of time she was playing on the PlayStation," said John Pini QC for the prosecution...

Defence lawyer Timothy Spencer QC told the court: "The genesis of this tragedy bizarrely lies with the purchase of the PlayStation."


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Re: Husband Killed Wife, But She Was The GTA Player

And somehow, this couldn´t ever happened if they had never bought that satanic Playstation.

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Re: Husband Killed Wife, But She Was The GTA Player

I have no comment here But, WTF is wrong with this picture

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Husband Killed Wife, But She Was The GTA Player

Poor woman, all she wanted to do was have some fun playing a game :\

Re: Husband Killed Wife, But She Was The GTA Player

This is going to be the same thing as that Manhunt muder and Cho-Sung-Ho where relatives or people close to them say they were the ones playing or never saw them playing GTA or Counterstrike. I remember when JT was on Hardball when he said "Cho wasn't downloading music, he was playing this game!" and the guy was just like "This has nothing to do with this, his roomate said he never saw him playing video games." and JT responded saying "He doesn't know." how stupid could you get to say something like "The person who you cited as a source doesn't know, I on the other hand not having met this guy in person OBVIOUSlY play's Counter Strike."

Re: Husband Killed Wife, But She Was The GTA Player

Yeah, JT knows more about Cho than the guy who lives in the same room with him...who is capable of hunching over Cho's back to see what he's doing whenever he's curious....JT, lacking the access to do this, knows more about the killer apparently.

Also everything in human behavior can be explained with absolute factors becase psychology is a hard science </sarcasm>

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Re: Husband Killed Wife, But She Was The GTA Player

Actually, psychology is a hard science.  Sure, they use reasoning and the like just like what philosophy would, but ultimately nothing is accepted that isnt backed by hard, empirical evidence, just like physics or biology.

Thats why they do studies, and experiments, instead of just trying to push their opinion as if its the correct one (though there are those that do so anyway, as we've seen plenty of on this website).

Though, even though it is a hard science, you're right that we can't explain everything of all human behavior in absolute terms.  Too many outside factors like socioeconomic status, genes, social networks, culture, as well as their own individual cognitions/thoughts.  You can still get a pretty good idea though, well enough to predict with relative accuracy what someone is going to do, provided you know them personally and know what signs to look for.

Re: Husband Killed Wife, But She Was The GTA Player

He was very unhappy, indeed.

Re: Husband Killed Wife, But She Was The GTA Player

Oh, so now GTA's a DRIVING game, not a cop-killer, or hooker-shooter?

Play GTA and you'll either kill or be killed. They'll always find a way to blame the game.

Re: Husband Killed Wife, But She Was The GTA Player

Meh,in the end isn't that the way life is going to be, for both parts of your last sentence.


Re: Husband Killed Wife, But She Was The GTA Player

Perhaps cop-killer to the US press, not to the UK press.


 
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