When I first heard of the upcoming episode of E! Investigates called Rich Kids Who Kill, I’ll admit I was a bit intrigued. I’m a sucker for a good procedural mystery story, and I’ve been known to sit home on Friday nights watching Primetime and 20/20.
But when I went on to read a description of the show, which will be airing on May 12, I felt a little queasy. Amidst news of bullying teens who push their peers to suicide, do we really need more evidence that there are some really evil young people out there? Here is the description E! sent us:
“No one except fifteen-year-old Daphne Abdela, daughter of Upper West Side millionaires, or her working class boyfriend, Christopher Vasquez, knows exactly what happened late one spring night in 1997. This was the night that forty-four-year old Michael McMorrow was savagely stabbed to death and his eviscerated body was thrown into a lake in Central Park. Abdela pinned the murder on Vasquez in statements to police and Vasquez’s attorney blamed Abdela. Former NYPD Detective, Wally Zeins recalls that the victim, ‘….was mutilated. His wrist was almost off, it was hanging… in my 20 years doing investigative work… that was one that I’ll never forget.’ Equally horrifying is the case of Dana Ewell, a young man from a wealthy family who is currently serving three life sentences after he was convicted of arranging the execution-style murder of his parents and sister. Suspicions about Ewell first arose when his uncle noticed Dana’s reaction to the family massacre was devoid of any emotion – ‘Dana was not shaken, broken up… anything.’
Additionally, the one-hour episode looks at a tragic death in the small, mega-rich town of La Jolla, California. At the center of the crime were some local teenagers who got involved in a bar brawl that continued into the street. The fight left one young man dead from a ferocious punch to the head. E! Investigates untangles this complex case and demonstrates how no community, no matter how wealthy, is immune to random violence.”
Does Rich Kids Who Kill go too far? Or is it just another form of entertainment for us to rot our brains with?