In the states, Chris Watts killed his pregnant wife and their two daughters on Aug. 13th of this year. He then disposed of the bodies at the oil and gas company where he worked.
On Monday, November 19th, Watts received three consecutive life sentences, as well as two more life sentences for other counts. Colorado police reported that Watts looked up the lyrics to Metallica’s song, “Battery”, not long after murdering his family.
During last week, the US TV station KCNC released extracts of the police report that dealt with the case, which included a comment about how Watts Googled the lyrics to the Metallica track after getting rid of the bodies.
People Magazine then ran their own story on November 23rd focusing on Watts’ search for Metallica lyrics online. The story’s caption read, “Dad Murders His Wife & Kids Then Googles Lyrics to a Metallica Song: ‘Lunacy Has Found Me.'”
Dad Murders His Wife & Kids Then Googles Lyrics to a Metallica Song: ‘Lunacy Has Found Me’ https://t.co/y35b0HNPfk
— People (@people) November 23, 2018
The article in People has reignited the controversial argument that rock bands’ music can have a detrimental effect on people’s mental health. The implication being that consumption of such music is somehow a contributing factor in one’s callous actions. Here’s what the police records stated:
1010 hours: during a respite following the murder of his family, and disposing of their bodies at a desolate well site, Watts searched Google for the lyrics to “Battery” by Metallica.
”Lashing out the action, returning the reaction – Weak are ripped and torn away – Hypnotizing power, crushing all that cower – Battery is here to stay Smashing through the boundaries – Lunacy has found me – Cannot stop the battery – Pounding out aggression – Turns into obsession – Cannot kill the battery – Cannot kill the family –…”
Music group’s implication in grim murder stories is nothing new. Arguably the most notable incident was when The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ which was embroiled in the Manson Family murders in the ’60s. That terrible event saw the brutal murder of director Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate as well as Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.
Paul McCartney said of those murders in the 2000 book The Beatles Anthology,
“Charles Manson interpreted that ‘Helter Skelter’ was something to do with the four horsemen of the Apocalypse,” . “I still don’t know what all that stuff is; it’s from the Bible, ‘Revelations’ – I haven’t read it so I wouldn’t know. But he interpreted the whole thing … and arrived at having to go out and kill everyone…. It was frightening, because you don’t write songs for those reasons.”
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