On Friday Matt Driscoll wrote a post about Matt Lewis, the creator of the now-cancelled Green River Killer Tour. Lewis' tour, which had sold out its first two trips after receiving widespread local media coverage, was planned to take busloads of people to see where serial killer Gary Ridgway stalked and murdered his victims.
While Lewis decided to cancel the tour because of the pain some victims' families said it would bring them, he also received a slew of negative comments from many different people expressing anger about his tour idea.
As the post noted:
... not all of the reaction came from the friends and family of Ridgway's victims. Of the torrent of emails, Facebook messages and other correspondence Lewis received, much was downright troubling.
"Some of the [emails] were pretty threatening to me and my family," says Lewis. "Some of them said stuff like, 'You'll know what this is like when someone kills your wife and kids.' Others just said, 'Fuck you.'"
These violent reactions made at least one Daily Weekly commenter question how extreme Lewis' tour idea really was.
Commenter "nothing to say" writes:
"I don't understand what the big deal is. I went on a Jack the Ripper tour in the London. The same sort of thing; you walk around the area where all the bodies were found. It's the most popular walking tour, I was told. People like going to the sites of disasters."