To not understand why people watch people being murdered on youtube and similar?

(62 Posts)
lottieandmia Wed 08-May-13 17:51:02

I know it's human nature to have an element of morbid curiosity (which I will admit to myself)

But why do some people watch horrible videos of people being beheaded or shot over and over? I will never ever watch these videos - once you've seen it you can't unsee it can you?

It disturbs me that stuff like this is freely available these days. But nothing can be done about it. I just hope my children never see it...

JaquelineHyde Wed 08-May-13 17:54:26

I didn't even know those kinds of videos were available on Youtube shock

How do you know OP and have you ever watched one?

lottieandmia Wed 08-May-13 17:57:16

No, I have never watched one ever! I would not dare - I am very sensitive and it would haunt me. I found out about it in the news - there have been reports of people posting these videos on facebook.

squoosh Wed 08-May-13 18:01:09

The idea of murder footage being seen as light entertainment chills my blood.

Also, once you've seen something like that you can never un-see it. I'm sure lots of people who've decided to click on these links wish they could scrub it from their memory.

Lj8893 Wed 08-May-13 18:01:35

A friend of mine who usually posts funny videos on Facebook posted a youtube video the other day and so I watched it, expecting a laugh.

It was vile, of a woman being beheaded by her husband. Absolutely disgusted and made me feel so sick. I don't know why my friend posted it but I reported it straight away! I haven't spoke to him since!

I don't even know why it was on youtube!!!!

PoppyWearer Wed 08-May-13 18:03:57

The idea of my children ever seeing something like that really scares me.

Dawndonna Wed 08-May-13 18:04:03

Is there really stuff like that on there? Surely people would be caught for it? Is it an urban myth like the 'snuff movies' of the seventies?

lottieandmia Wed 08-May-13 18:06:02

I thought youtube was supposed to delete inappropriate videos??

Lj, I think that was the same video I heard about. Most of them are to do with the drug cartels in Mexico apparently. Murder there is happening so frequently that even ordinary citizens are becoming numb to what is going on - chilling indeed.

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Wed 08-May-13 18:06:30

Lj I hope you deleted her. Unforgivable.
It's terrifying that this is on YouTube - I assume they take it down as soon as they know. I really hope so.

lottieandmia Wed 08-May-13 18:08:07

I always thought (hoped) snuff videos were urban myth, but these recent vidoes are similar to the ones posted by Al Qaeda about 10 years ago - in that the people who post them are dangerous gangs who think they are above the law.

There is a thread in Chat, asking posters what macabre stuff they like. I will admit to watching stuff like this, it fascinates me. I started off with being interested with serial killers and why they did it and went on to "normal" people committing heinous acts, usually in the name of some cause, religion, education etc. Animal cruelty gets to me more than people, except babies. It is important to know your limit and I agree that there must be hundreds of people badly affected by there being so much shocking stuff, freely, easily available.

Sparhawk Wed 08-May-13 18:09:35

For the same reasons they watch 2 Girls 1 Cup and other shock videos, morbid curiosity.

littlepeas Wed 08-May-13 18:11:46

In the Margaret Atwood novel, Oryx and Crake, there is a passage where the narrator describes all the disgusting things he and his friend watched online - including a website called something like headsoff.com - it was written about 10 years ago, so before the advent of YouTube, Facebook, etc. I don't understand why anyone would want to see stuff like that, but then I suppose public executions were a major form of entertainment back in the day, so maybe it's not that odd.

lottieandmia Wed 08-May-13 18:13:19

Yes I remember that in Oryx and Crake. How awful that that came true? sad

maddening Wed 08-May-13 18:14:52

I was in the pub years ago with my friend and sat near the computer with free internet for customers and that video of the man being beheaded was watched by a group of scary men (the reason I didn't kick up a fuss). I didn't watch as it made me feel sick - but I could hear it and it made my blood run cold - I had to cover my ears - it was v upsetting.

Sparhawk Wed 08-May-13 18:15:17

They're still a major form of entertainment in certain countries today littlepeas

There are lots of murder/accidental killing video's, of all different types, innocent people getting killed in the street, sometimes whilst just passing a fight, especially in Russia and Eastern EU countries.

There are lots of murder/accidental killing video's, of all different types, innocent people getting killed in the street, sometimes whilst just passing a fight, especially in Russia and Eastern EU countries.

expatinscotland Wed 08-May-13 18:16:17

Because they are sick, twisted fucks.

lottieandmia Wed 08-May-13 18:16:45

The thing is the people being killed in these videos are someone's child, someone's parent or friend or whatever. That's why I don't understand how something so awful could be entertainment.

Lj8893 Wed 08-May-13 18:18:10

I just googled the video I was talking about to see if any news articles came up about it and all that came up was websites about hardcore gore etc that have "reviewed" the footage. I'm shocked.

expatinscotland Wed 08-May-13 18:19:37

'The thing is the people being killed in these videos are someone's child, someone's parent or friend or whatever. That's why I don't understand how something so awful could be entertainment.'

YY. Having suffered the bereavement of a child, it hammers home to me just how completely fucking sick you have to be to watch vids like this, or to film them or post them. If you find watching someone's death fascinating you really need your head checked, or at least ask yourself if you'd be happy with others watching your child, parent, sibling or you die horribly and without your permission.

Sparhawk Wed 08-May-13 18:20:42

There was a shock video going around called 3 guys 1 hammer, horrific story, two serial killers tortured and killed a man in Russia with a hammer and a screwdriver. Someone leaked the video of them doing it. Fucking disturbing and I only had it described to me.

minouminou Wed 08-May-13 18:21:40

Eesh. I stumbled upon footage of "witch" burnings in Kenya last week, believing it to be a news report, rather than the killings themselves.

My heart rate has just gone up now, thinking about it.

minouminou Wed 08-May-13 18:23:24

I couldn't stop watching, though....I just couldn't believe it.

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