Who killed Diana Spencer?
(Written September 1, 1997)
According to news reports today the
world is trying to cope with the death of Diana Spencer. One
commentator has said her untimely death reminds one of the loss of John
F. Kennedy, except the blame is placed on a gang of eager photographers
and not a whacko with a rifle.
It's a shame Diana has been cut down in her youth,
and one's heart bleeds for her sons, William and Harry, who are said to
have adored their mother. Tabloid publishers may be mourning,
too, because they will have to seek another celebrity after they have
milked everything from the tragic demise of this shy woman who was not
only photogenic but knew how to comport herself at public events.
Are the photographers to blame for her
death? The culprit is not "paparazzi" nor the people to whom they
peddle their pictures. The culprits are the people around the
world who pour millions of dollars into the hands of publishers so they
can spice up their shallow lives with tidbits of scandal and gossip
about celebrities. It is already reported that the asking price
for pictures of the accident scene in a Paris tunnel is a million
dollars. One day it may be published so tabloid readers can ogle
a bloodied princess, or at least, the vehicle in which she died.
Blame the public for Diana's death.
Blame the people who live such shallow lives they must wallow in the
lives of the rich and famous. Had not the public demand for
gossip about the princess been so great she might be going along with
her life today. After all, the world has plenty of princesses and
they are not all bening chased by paparazzi.
Photographers will be blamed for Diana's
death and there will be a strong demand to enact laws to control them
in their hunt for celebrities. No one will put the blame where it
belongs. . . on the insatiable crude taste of the public. ~P.G.
Note: (From Wikipedia)
initial French judicial investigation concluded that the accident was
caused by driver Henri Paul's drunken loss of control of the
vehicle, attempting to escape the paparazzi who were in pursuit.. In
February 1998, Mohamed Al-Fayed, owner of the Paris Ritz where Paul had
worked, publicly maintained that the crash had been planned. An inquest
in London starting in 2004 and continued in 2007–08 attributed the
accident to grossly negligent driving by Paul. On 7 April 2008, the
jury returned a verdict of "unlawful killing".
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