Wondering what a torch-wielding mob looks like? Check out these facebook hate-pages dedicated to venting against the apparently intellectually disabled man accused of the murder of an eight-year old Queensland girl named Trinity Bates.
Because it’s Facebook, you can actually see the faces of ordinary Australians as they devise all sorts of brutal punishments to be enacted on this man whether he’s found guilty or not. Chemical castration, prison rape, immolation, physically ripping him apart – you couldn’t tell by looking at them just how violent their imaginations really are. You might say “it’s harmless – these people are just being tough over the internet” – but there’s also every chance that some REAL nutter is reading these sorts of comments and will be inspired by the belief that others are with him into actually carrying something out.
Anyone who thinks we’ve moved on from pitchforks, here’s a wake-up call.