By H. Lukas Green and Jody May-ChangÂ©
June 29, 2007 PrideDEPOT.com
Two years ago, Crothersville, Indiana, was the scene of a national media frenzy. In January 2005, every major television network and news service wanted to know what happened to 10-year-old Katie Collman who was the subject of a massive search involving hundreds of local volunteers.
Katie’s body was eventually found in Cypress Lake, just north of Seymour, Indiana. Anthony Stockelman of Seymour pleaded guilty to murder and child molestation for the girl’s killing. In exchange, prosecutors dropped their request for the death penalty.
The little girl disappeared Jan. 25, 2005, as she was running an errand for her mother. Her body was discovered five days later in a nearby creek. Her hands were tied behind her back and there was evidence she had been sexually molested, according to the autopsy.
Now the same town is dealing with the horrible murder of Aaron “Shorty” Hall, but it is not generating the same level of coverage that the Collman killing did in 2005.
Unlike an innocent little girl, Hall was by no means a candidate for sainthood. Hall abused drugs and alcohol, and he associated with some characters who would hardly be considered model citizens.
Barring his personal life, it is the absolute brutality that the man suffered, which eventually resulted in him being murdered, that merits nothing less than full and complete news coverage. But for the most part, the Indiana media decided not to defend the public’s right to know and simply depended on quick sound bites and press releases.
An editorial published by Steven Higgs of the Bloomington asks why The Indianapolis Star, Indiana’s largest news paper, has yet to cover the brutal murder of Aaron “Shorty” Hall.
“The case should have been big news,” Higgs contends. “Yet The Star left the Hall murder to the Jackson County media, the never-to-be-trusted Indianapolis and Louisville television stations and bloggers”