there are too many people using this site in place of an active social life rather than as a place to hone their writing talent.
Well, I joined the site 'cos I had a case of writer's block, and it seemed a good way to 'loosen up'. Really, does it matter why people write stuff here? I'm trying to be polite (and it's a bit of a strain).
I lived in Leeds when the Yorkshire Ripper was 'operating'. The police only really got interested when the Ripper started killing 'innocent' women (their exact words). As long as the Ripper was killing prostitutes, the police attitude was indifference; he was doing their work for them.
The murders themselves were gruesome, uniformly tragic and no laughing matter. But the attitudes that surrounded them were bizarre and inconsistent. Plenty of room for satirical comment, I feel... as are some of the attitudes on display following the Bristol murder.