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Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Fearless Vampires

posted by on October 23 at 11:07 AM

Entering this crime that involves an American (who has German blood), a Brit (who is part Indian), a Congolese gentleman (who is married to a Polish woman), a man from the Ivory Coast (who thinks he is black American), and another man from Southern Italy (who looks like he’s from Northern Italy), and the king of Hades, Diavolo…
…now the Japanese vampires enter:

A Japanese comic featuring vampires inspired a suspect in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007, an Italian prosecutor has said…

An Italian court heard this week that Miss Kercher had 43 knife wounds…

…Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini claimed a “manga” magazine, featuring vampires and found in Mr Sollecito’s house, inspired the murder.

Manga comics are often associated with science fiction and fantasy, commonly with violent or explicitly sexual content.

The crime was committed on November 1, 2007, the day after Halloween, the day after Meredith Kercher (the murdered woman) was herself dressed like a vampire.

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This is getting ridiculous. In a civilized country this would be setting up for the quickest "not guilty" verdict in history.

Posted by Fnarf | October 23, 2008 11:12 AM
Posted by Thel | October 23, 2008 11:21 AM

The Italians are so fucking superstitious. But then, so are the Americans.

Posted by Vince | October 23, 2008 11:31 AM

Didn't we have a murder or two in Europe already over the manga Death Note?

Europe either needs to lay off the comic books for a while, or get a little more creative. Come on, Italy, give us the Sailor Moon Murders. You know you have it in you.

Posted by Apsaras | October 23, 2008 12:31 PM

A heck of a lot of Japanese Manga and Anime are about vampires, of one form (psychic) or another (blood).

It's kind of their thing.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 23, 2008 2:09 PM

That particular manga is more likely to make her want to make out with her brother than stab someone.

People need to STOP blaming comic books for stupid shit.

Posted by beckaboo | October 23, 2008 3:46 PM

"Manga" simply means "comic book."

That's like saying, "Novels are books often associated with science fiction and fantasy, commonly with violent or explicitly sexual content."

Boo on BBC.

Posted by an Andy | October 23, 2008 4:06 PM

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