I like to gossip about fictional TV characters.
There's no way to be tasteless or irresponsible or just batshit crazy when speculating about the heroes and villains on The Good Wife or Justified. I don't feel like an ass for snarking about the bedroom habits of characters on 30 Rock or hoping that someone on Breaking Bad is tortured and killed. They're not victims of sensationalistic journalism, and it's impossible to smear them.
Plus, everyone who watches a TV series (or sees a play, reads a novel, etc.) is on the same page: We know what the author wants us to know about a character and no more. We all have access to all the truth that exists. We're free to imagine more, but we can't get self-righteous and claim certainty that Breaking Bad's Walter White had lousy parents or that Community's Abed is a secret anti-colonialist Kenyan.
But a lot of people think it's a waste of time to offer opinions about fictional characters. They'd rather offer opinions about real people they don't know.
With her final words before she was fatally shot, Elaine McCall needled her husband for missing with his first shot yesterday morning inside their Wakefield home, police said.
“ ‘You can’t even shoot,’ ” she said, according to her husband David McCall’s reported statements to police.
The 72-year-old husband was charged with murder after hitting his wife with the second shot from the top of the stairs, police said. His 69-year-old wife’s body crumpled to the floor near the front door, shot in the chest, police said. David McCall walked to the kitchen, called 911, and then tried to shoot himself, according to police, but he missed again, grazing his chest through his sweatshirt.
And the story is accompanied by reader comments such as these:
Clearly he suffers from some from some mental health issue and he's a poor shot.
How do you miss when yoou are shooting yourself in the chest???? What a coward!
clearly he's the victim of verbal abuse.....
women always have to have the last word...RIP.
Gives you a glimpse into how cantankerous the women must of been. She couldn't even shut up when she was getting shot at!
I think he will wish that he had been brave enough to shoot himself after all, when he has been a few days in MCI - Cedar Junction.
It sounds like things are looking up for him. He will be fed & cared for and won't have to put up with his wife anymore. I bet he will be a celebrity on the cell block, and will be popular with both the guards and the cons. I hope they have a special place for the wife where she is going.
I'm always amazed by people who read a news story like this and feel they have some kind of duty to comment on it. They need to take sides and choose theories about people's pasts (or futures, in the case of the readers who added tidy epilogues set in prison).
This is not a new phenomenon; people are merely writing what they've always said at the dinner table or in the barroom about the true stories of the day. The Herald story was about a couple whose only fame was from the way one of them died, but you can find similar reader comments on stories about Charlie Sheen or Hillary Clinton or Snooki of Jersey Shore. But all of these comments are based on the details that journalists (or the producers of reality shows and Dateline NBC-type TV series) parcel out to us. The people who bring us these stories could be wrong, and they can be just as manipulative as screenwriters or novelists. In all cases, they're only bringing us part of the truth. (Maybe it will come out that the couple in Wakefield were wonderful people who worked with Mother Teresa. Or maybe one tortured puppies.) UPDATE: See the first reader comment below, from someone who knew the couple.