Daily Mail Report Pegs Suspected UK Teen Killer as a ‘Loner’ and a ‘Gamer’

A 15-year-old teen from the UK accused of stabbing his Spanish tutor is being pegged as a "loner" and a "gamer" who enjoyed "achievement hunting" and playing games like "Dark Souls" and other PS3 games by UK paper The Daily Mail. The Daily Mail calls the unnamed teen a "depressed recluse" obsessed with a "video game [Dark Souls] where [a] lone cursed character travels through fantasy world killing others."

The 15-year-old is currently being held on suspicion of stabbing his Spanish tutor Ann Maguire.

The Daily Mail piece doesn't reveal too much about the crime, but goes out of its way to talk to classmates of the suspect and neighbors of his family. That article also emphasizes the fact that the teen is member of Achievement Hunter, a gaming community dedicated to unlocking Trophies and Achievements in console games, and that his profile picture on Facebook shows the teen wearing one of the group's t-shirts.

The Daily Mail also points out that the teen enjoys heavy metal music, is a "goth," and often felt that he was an outcast, according to class mates at the Corpus Christi Catholic School. They said he had previously threatened to commit suicide after complaining of being bullied and had experimented with drugs. Neighbors of the family claim that the teen would rarely ever make eye contact with them.

But even as his classmates said he was a loner, they also said he had a "few friends," and had attended a party last week.

Police arrested the boy at the scene at Corpus Christi college yesterday and searched his parents' houses.

By all accounts, the teen seemed to have good grades in every class except Spanish, and had his fair shares of problems related to school and his parents splitting up. But the emphasis by the Daily Mail seems to be all about the culture this young teen immersed himself in. Police have not said what they believe the motive for this crime was.

We will have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Daily Mail

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