10 Stupid Times Music Was Blamed For Death

Music can be blamed for deaths around the world. Take for example when 16 year-old Jessica Michalik died during Limp Bizkits set at Big Day Out in Sydney Australia 2001; after falling and being unable to get up or have help get to her due to the crowd. Today we are focusing on just 10 stupid times music was brained for death, were unlike the tragic case above, the tragity does not directly involving the band, or is plan outlandish and kind of crazy.

1. Manson Family Murders, The Beatles ‘Helter Skelter’

Manson Family Mug Shots

This is probably one of the more well known one on this list of times music was blamed for death. Charles Manson interpreted the Beatles song ‘Helter Skelter’ on their album The White as a confirmation of his belief that a rase war that would trigger and end-of-days apocalypse scenario would indeed happen. He believed this so wholeheartedly he named this race war after the song, although the song itself was actually written about an English Roller Coaster. Former Manson Family member Catherine Share outlined Manson’s view in the 2009 documentary Manson “Every single song on The White album, he felt that they were singing about us. The song ‘Helter Skelter’ he was interpreting that to mean the blacks were gonna go up and the whites were gonna go down.”

2.  Suicide Pact Inspired By Judas Priest’s”Better by You, Better Than Me” 

Again; probably one of the better known of the instances where Music was blamed for death. While suicide may not be considered as many as a crime, this instance did go to court, and the case set the precedent for musicians being sued for their lyrical content. In 1989 after a night of drinking, smoking and listening to the album Stained Glass by Judas Priest, 18 year-old Raymond Belknap and 20 year-old James Vance shots themselves in the head in a suicide pact. While Belknap died, Vance was left horribly disfigured, living for a further three years. Their families took Judas Priest to court for $6.2 million lawsuit, alleging that the song ‘Better Than You, Better Than Me’ contained subliminal messaging, the band was found not guilty.

3. Man Claims Eminem Lyrics Were Why He Murdered Family

Michael Miller at the time of his arrest

In 2009 when Michael Miller Attacked his wife and children, leaving only his four-year-old son alive he told a very strange story. Miller confessed he stabbed his son more times than anyone else because he loved him more. He also went into state in his police confession that he believed he was possessed by the devil, and that before he stabbed his wife and children he yelled words from an Eminem song especially focusing on the lyrics; ‘Here comes Satan, I’m the antichrist, I’m going to kill you.’  Although these aren’t lyrics in any of Eminem’s known songs. After the crime was commuted Miller said a prayer and called 911, recounting his story to the operator who answered his call.

4. Murder at A High School blamed on Slipknot.

18 year-old Morne Harmes Before His Trial

In 2008, 18 year-old Morne Harmes donned a mask and walked through the halls of Nic Diederichs Technical School in Krugersdorp, South Africa. He stabbed and killed a fellow student; 16 year-old Jacques Pretorius with a samurai sword. He also wounded a second student, and two grounds keepers employed with the school before being arrested by police. Upon police review of the mask Harmes was wearing, they discovered it was much like the one Joey Jordison (Drummer of the band Slipknot) wore on stage.
The weapons and masks presented during trail
 Witnesses also recalled the outfit Harmes was wearing resembled what Jordison would sometimes wear on stage. A close friend of the attacker later stated that Harmes became very interested with the band and often spoken of demonology in the days before the attack. He made masks that looked like all the band members masks, including the one resembling Jordison’s that he wore the day of the attack.

5. Shooting Rampage Inspired By Drowning Pool

Jared Laughner at the time of his arrest

Jared Loughner is the man responsible for the 2011 Tucson shooting rampage that claimed the life’s of 6 people, including nine year-old girl, and critically injuring US Congresswomen Gabrielle Gifford, who’s slow recovery was followed around the world. The investigation that followed his arrest found that the song ‘Bodies’ recorded by Drowning Pool was one of his favourites. Many people, mostly news outlets, to theorise the songs repartition of the lyrics ‘let the bodies hit the floor’ may have inspired Loughner’s rampage. This isn’t the first time this particular song was blamed for murder. 19 year-old Joshua Cooke, shot and killed his parents while listening to the song through headphones. 

Despite Drowning Pools devastation of the tragedy as Gillsford; they released a statement on their website saying the shooter misinterpreted the lyrics of their song, which could not be blamed for the tragic events.

6. Boy Kills Girlfriend Trying To Recreate Marilyn Manson Picture.

Luke Mitchell during 2003 TV interview before his arrest

Marilyn Manson has been blamed for murder more than once, even coming under fire for inspiring the Colombine massacre, this is once of the few cases of argued imitation through murder. In 2003 Luke Mitchell killed his 14 year-old girlfriend Jodi Jones while taking a walk through the woods. He hit and stabbed her in such a manner, her body resembled the painting of the Black Dahlia Marilyn Manson painted. Jodi’ wounds were so similar the painting was brought as evidence before the jury in Mitchell’s trial. One of the arguments for him being innocent was that a 14 year-old boy did not match the FBI proflie of the killer, and that’s why it wasn’t presented at court. Although it was made known Marilyn Manson was one of Mitchell’s favourite bands: and only two days before the killing, he bought “The Golden Age of Grotesque” Manson’s newly released DVD.

7. Law Student Killed by Eminem Impersonator.       

Christopher Duncan at the time of his arrest

Ever idolised a musician so much you didn’t just want to be them, but recreate what they are writing music about? In 2005, 21 year-old Christopher Duncan did just that. He was such a fan only Eminem, he got copycat tattoos, fashioned his hair, and dress to emulate the musician. He frequented Karaoke bars where he would drink heavily and perform Eminem song regularly. It was after a night such these, and on a date, Duncan returned to his apartment in Bethnal Green, South London with 26 year-old Japdip Najran, a law student. He then proceeded to beat her over the head with a bat, and stuffed her still living body into a suitcase, where she died over an hour later, her injuries overcoming her. The crime scene was likened to the rap video ‘Stan’. 

8. Serial Killer Dubbed Linkin Park Strangler.

Christopher Paul White during his trial

Richard Paul White, one of Colorado’s most notorious serial killers, confessed to killing 6 people, while only being convinced of the three murders of 27 year-old Annaletia Maria Gonzales, 32 year-old Victoria Lyn Turpin, and former co-worker 27 year-old Jason Reichardt. During his confession he stated “I would listen, actually, to Linkin Park before I would kill,” He said, “And, while I was killing usually that music Linkin Park was on”. After which he was dubbed Denvers Linkin Park Strangler. White claims the violence in music, movies and videos games influenced him to commit these crimes.

9. Norwegian Band “Mayhem” Linked to Arson and Murder.

Varg Vikernes during his last year in prison for arson and murder (2009)

While been hailed as pioneers of Norwegian black metal; the stories connected to the band Mayhem’s members are twisted and almost unbelievable. Their original lead singer sadly committed suicide, he slit his wrists and shot himself in the face. His fellow band member Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth discovered the body, and took photos of the scene. The photos were later used for the album cover for “Dawn of the Black Hearts”. Euronymous, taking things further still, fashioned a necklace out of his deceased band mates skull fragments. Euronymous did go onto replace the lead singer with Varg “Count Grishnackh” Vikernes (who is also known by a number of names). The two did not get along; mainly arguing about Aryan superiority. Euronymous was murdered by Grishnackh, being repeatedly stabbed in the head; Grishnackh has recounted his delight at the sight of Euronymous’s eyes bulging out of his head. Grishnackh remained the acting head of the Nordic terrorist group Heathen Front during his 21 year sentence for the murder and the Arson of some of Norways oldest churches.

10. Man Kills Teen For Playing Music Too Loud.

Michael Dunn at the time of his trail

One of the few cases where it can be proved that music was the cause of murder, isn’t about the lyrics or being inspired by it at all. In September 2012 seventeen year-old Jordan Davis and three friends where outside a convenience store in an SVU, listening loudly to rap music. 47 year-old Michael Dunn was so angered by the level they were playing what he referred to as ‘that rap cr*p’ at he fired 10 rounds into their car, hitting and killing Jordan Davis. While music was blamed for the murder; his racism showed when he became surprised that non of the young men in the car had criminal records; this due to their race, being African-American. He also claimed he saw a gun in the back seat, and was defending himself. No weapons were found at the scene, or connected to any of the boys in the car.

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5 Songs Written About Murder.

Inspiration for music and lyrics comes from almost everywhere, even then dark and dismal world of murder. There are countless songs written about murder, we have chosen 5 of our favorate songs written about murder and listed them below.

1. Sonic Youth, “Death Valley ‘69”

Charles Manson has inspired enough song to get a his own list in itself. This one by Sonic Youth, a duet with Lydia Lunch, is on this list of songs written about murder, simply because of it how creepy it is. With twisted lyrics like ‘And you wanted to get there /  But I couldn’t go faster I wanted to get there / But you couldn’t go faster / So I started to hit it you couldn’t go faster / So I started to hit it’ with of Lunch’s voice and the addition of Richard Kern’s dark artistic videography you come out with one very creepy moment in indie rock history.

2. Neko Case, “Deep Red Bells” 

Gary Ridgway, murdered 48 women in Washington State and California in the 1980s and 1990s. He was dubbed the Green River Killer by newspapers as his victims were found in the Green River. These crimes occurred when Neko Case was a young child growing up in Tacoma. She wrote Deep Red Bells for one of Ridgway’s victims, and it is very chilling; much like any classic murder ballad. The lyrics manage to balance the song with overwhelming compassion, and vivid imagery,  “When speckled fawns graze ‘round your bones / Who took the time to fold your clothes / And shook the valley of the shadow?” This song only gets further unsettling when you consider Ridgway was, without any links to this song, actually arrested shortly after it was recorded, in November 2001.

3. Nirvana, “Polly” 

Gerald Friend, who was also suspect in the Green River Killer case, kidnapped and victimised a young girl who revived a ride from him after a rock concert in 1987. Kurt Cobain read about the story in the paper and this song; “Polly” during production of Nirvana‘s 1989 debut album, Bleach. Its acoustic style didn’t quite fit with Bleach’s heavy and abrasive sound, so it was decided to be released later. In 1991 Nevermind came out and it was included in that album. One certainly doesn’t need to know why the song was written to feel the song’s bleakness, but once you understand the true nature the words it becomes that much more sobering.
4. The Smiths, “Suffer Little Children” 

Witnesses of the Moors murders, Maureen Hindley and David Smith helped create the cover on Sonic Youth’s Goo to The Smiths’ “Suffer Little Children'” while there are endless of references to Myra Hindley and Ian Brady in music. The complexly of the lyrics pull of the heart strings. “Suffer Little Children” presents as a magnificent closing song on The Smiths’ self titled 1984 debut. Opening with Johnny Marr’s pleasant guitar, leading you into a false sense of security, it takes a wild turn with Morrisssey’s unchained voice. At for example; the disembodied laugh of a child at the end of the song. This is a great example of being able to create horror in a very unlikely setting.
5. The Killers, “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine” 

The Killers singer Brandon Flowers has been quoted as saying he was inspired by Morrissey to write songs about murders. It makes sense why, “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine” is just one of the three songs that makes up what’s known as the Killers’ “murder trilogy.” This song write for Robert Chambers’ murder victim; 18-year-old Jennifer Levin, who he killed New York City in 1986. While some think The Killers are sell out, making music to please the masses, especially at the time of their 2004 debut Hot Fuss. “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine” is a solid rock, proving there was something behind the Las Vegas glitz of some of the songs the band is well known for.

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5 Genres of Music That Have Faded Away

While there are current artist in all genres of music, some genres have seen great heights; only to fade right back into the background noise of general life. For many of them they might only see a short time in the limelight, others fading away and making comebacks though out time.

Contrary to popular belief the genre Emo was actually created in the mid 1980’s by hard core punks who were interested in expanding the emotional range of their music beyond the heavy, angry emotions punk rock is known for. Sky rocketing to popularity in the early 2000’s the modernisation of this genre of music holds little resembleance to to the original music within the scene. With the music, fashion and culture taking on a life of its own in main stream America. With festivals like the Vans Warped tour attracting kids with too much eyeliner and not enough colour in their wardrobe, parents were confused and concerned. By 2010 the catchy and relatable tunes of bands like My Chemical Romance and Funeral for a Friend slipped back into the underworld, with the bands either branching out in different musical directions. Although many regard the change of style of My Chemical Romance (arguably one of the most popular emo bands at the time) and subsequent break up as the signal of the end for the genre. Many fans simply grew out of the style of music with age, and some even went on to become fans of our next genre that faded away.


What happens when you mix the musical stylings of emo and Electronic Dance Music (EDM)? You get one of the most popular musical genres in the late 2000’s Masses of Emo fans made a distinct musical change along with Sonny Moore, front man of From First to Last. The origins of dubstep can be found in the 1980’s when the rise of the Jamaican Party System scene, or in Simple terms, when people started experimenting with spinning records. Towards 2010 when hits with fast, erratic beats seemed to be gone from the limelight as fast as it came into it. Dubstep made fusion genres possibly during this time in EMD genres such as electro house, future garage and brostep started to be created around thing time, pulling attention away from dubstep, by 2013 it had receded back into the underground.


The worlds answer to the dark themes and black fashion of grunge was britpop. The genre was popular throughout the early 90’s and boasted about everything British; from art, fashion and even weighing in on politics. They referenced British guitar bands of the past and unique British concerns and topics. 1994-95 was dubbed ‘The Battle of Birtpop‘ with Oasis and Blur going head to head in a chart battle in the height of britpop popularity. This all brought alternative rock to the mainstream, creating the back ground for the larger British culture movement referred to as ‘Cool Britannia‘ By 1997 the hype had fizzed out, with bands like The Spice Girls capturing the attention of those in charge of Britpop. The genre is now looked at as more of cultural movement or a marketing tool now.

Nu Metal

Combinations of genres or fusion genres have always drawn people that have interests in many genres. Nu mental is no different, combining the stylings of rap, singing, screaming and growling to one crazy genre. Becoming popular in the late 1990 and continuing on into the early 2000’s, bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and Linkin Park sold multi platinum albums. The scene got over-saturated with bands mid-2000’s leading to under-performing high-profile releases, many bands ditching their sound in favour of newer or more focused genres such as metal core. This genre also has it fair share of contraversy, leading many bands to distance themselves from to genre or regect the label completely.


While other genres have faded in and out of popularity, disco is the only one with an actual death date. Hitting the hits in the late 1960’s it had it’s fare share of critics. It’s main audience was from the gay, African American, Italian American, Latin and those in the psychedelic scene in Philadelphia and New York City. Considered a reaction to rock and roll music and the stigmatisation for dance music brought on by the counterculture movement of the time. Many mainstream artists recorded songs within the disco theme, creating more hype for the worldwide sensation. Although by 1982 the popularity had started to die off. This is attributed to the fact distaste of the music was at an all time high and an anti-disco was planned on July 12th 1979 formally recognises as ‘Disco Demolition Night‘. Held in Chicago and advertised as a baseball promotion, set to happen between the games of the twi-night doubleheader of the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Promoters sold tickets at the door to those who brought disco record for a whopping $.98, many of the record were not collected by staff and were later used as flying discs off the stands. Over 50,000 people in came to witness a box of disco records being blown up, after which thousands of fans stormed the field refusing to leave, resulting in the riot squad being called. The game was initially postponed but after intervention by the American League, the White Sox forfeited the following day. While some consider the protest and act of racism or homophobia, many have denied this. Either way, Disco Demolition Day is considered the main factor in the decline in popularity of the genre, and by 1983, it had dropped back and made way for other genres to step forward.

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What Living with Depression is Really Like

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Living with depression can be very heavy. Like walking with an extra weight on top of your shoulders. It’s not like the kind of fog after a winters night, or a heavy rain fall, it’s something you carry with you. Something that clouds your mind, so you can’t think straight. A cloud no one else can see, and only you seem to be fighting your way through. The only voices able to be heard over it in your head are the ones that second guess you.
Almost everyone with depression will tell you they wish they could be healthy, but depression can make you feel so intensely or even nothing at all. It’s not as simple as deciding just get healthy. Each person wants to learn to over come this demen, this black dog. It can seem that every time you make some kind of head way, it drags you back in. Sometimes there are moments of clarity, but reality doesn’t seem to connect. You run around in circles, but eventually you crash. Feeling like you racing towards your last steps. You want to wake up and not be like this anymore.
Everyone describes living with depression differently. How would you describe it? 

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5 Simple Ways Music Changes Your Life

Music is a really powerful tool. It was used in the Vietnam war as a way to ‘taunt’ the Vietnamese soldiers, it also brings people together all over the world. There are also some simple ways that it changes out everyday life.

1. Music affects our emotions.

When we listen to a sad song, our mood tends to go down as well. We listen to happy songs, our mood increases. Songs with a strong beat, that are fast-paced (like those you’d hear at a night club) tend to make us feel excited and energised.

2. Music can clinically reduce stress.

Music, or really certain tones, have been scientifically proven been proven to reduce stress. It does this by altering brain patterns; much like yoga or meditation, bringing on what’s known as the ‘Alpha state’. The Alpha state is described by those who have utilise it as a deep state of relaxation. In this state the mind is totally stress-free and more open to problem solving.
3. Music is an form of expression for when our feelings are hard to put into words.

Many writers say that they listen to music when they write, as it gives them the inspiration and willingness to continue for hours. There have been many songs written by people who were unable to find the words to say something. Songs have also been used to generate support for causes such as band-aid. Music has given a voice to many people, and the word to many others who were unable to find them.

4. Music gives passion

Talk to any musician and they will tell you, music is passion. The expression that one gets from playing or singing your heart out as hard as they can make you feel amazing. It gives you confidence and pride of your hard work and achievement. You can connect to people from all cultures, country’s, background and religion all at the same time through your passion for music.

5. It gets you moving

People are always saying how important is it to be active. We all know in the real world it’s not that easy. We all like background noise while we cook dinner, or clean the house, or even getting ready in the morning. Dancing to music is fun, easy and you can do it while doing mundane tasks. Put in those headphone, turn up the radio and dance away. Who doesn’t like an easy way to boost mood and get your heart pumping at the same time?

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Introducing, Twisted and Turtoured.

I’m not okay (I promise)
This song by My Chemical Romance seemed fitting for my first post. I wanted to start this blog to show how music has helped me over come depression and anxiety, and help others by showing it’s worth continuing your story.
Music has always been a huge part of my life, when I was younger I hated being alone; I always needed someone near me, so when I showered or took baths I had music playing to keep me company. We danced around the house together, singing all our favourite songs at the time. When I went to high school and started gaining some independence, I found myself lost and feeling really alone. Although I was never able to admit it at the, I wasn’t okay with who I was. This song was actually the first song that caught my attention. This was back in the day before people would just download music free, no one really knew how to download music if you can believe such a thing. I heard it while listening to my friends original IPod shuffle, the ones you had to charge through the headphone jack. I bugged her for weeks before she burnt the entire album to a CD; but this song was my most listened to. While I’ve never broke my foot jumping out a second story floor, the song actually told me that even at that young age, that it was okay to not be okay. It really opened my mind up to question that the confusion and misplacement I felt. Maybe it was actually the normality people were trying to say I should aim for. Maybe not for everyone, but it was someone normal, and I wasn’t alone being that someone. Its these kinds of insecurities I wish to show are okay to experience; and music is one way to express or even relate the way your mind is clouded up to something bigger. I would love to connect to others that music has helped. Even if that’s questioning why someone boyfriend taking their photo was bad (of the naivety of youth) and realizing in time what the really means, and not letting that happen.
The success of this blog really means that I’ve reached at least one person. Let them know they are not alone, and there are people going through what they are, and struggling to cope and taking things one day at a time. I plan on doing this by reviewing music and individual songs. Sharing news and opinions about music and creating a community for people to join in.
This is just the beginning.

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