Hello friends, welcome back to my blog. Today I want to discuss something bizarre that I have come across recently – it’s about Cameron Herrin, a young man from Florida who hit and killed a mother and daughter while street racing. Or, to be more specific, the thousands of teenaged fans who are insisting on his innocence and are advocating for his release and/or commuting his sentence.
This isn’t meant to be an in-depth legal analysis, this is me merely expressing my surprise at how seemingly delusional the fans are. I can understand feeling sorry for a person who has done something wrong, but in this particular instance, is it warranted? Let’s see.
Cameron isn’t really the problem anymore – he has pleaded guilty and is going to jail for 24 years, which is fair considering that he has been warned multiple times before with regards to his speeding. The problem here are the fans, who have done the following, if not more: (1) spamming social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok with posts requesting for justice for Cameron, (2) harassing random Florida lawyers, despite said lawyers already saying that they have never been involved in the case, and (3) making Change.org petitions, which honestly doesn’t really do anything.
Reading the entire sordid ordeal honestly made me solidify my belief that TikTok is cancer, and I’m glad I’m too old for it.
Let’s look at the established facts: Cameron was street racing with a friend at 102 mph. He plowed into the victim and her 18-month-old daughter who was in a baby carriage. According some news sources, he was attempting to brake, but since he was already over-speeding, he hit the victims at at least 45 mph.
Prior to this, he already broke multiple traffic laws and was given several warnings – these, my friends, are called aggravating circumstances. They are factors that affect criminal liability for the worse. His fans should be happy that he didn’t get more than 24 years – in Florida it’s usually 30 years maximum if I’m not mistaken, so 24 (12 years per victim) seems like the lesser evil in this case.
If you are like me, and could not understand the massive following and the adoration that Cameron is receiving, it’s actually not an isolated incident. Criminals and even serial killers have had dedicated fans, some even going as far as being copycats. Some send them fan mail, some end up marrying them. It’s strange, but it’s nothing new. It’s a phenomenon called hybristophilia, which is the attraction to criminals. Ted Bundy and his ilk had their own share of fans.
Upon further investigation, it seems as if the majority of these vocal fans are young girls from Middle Eastern, Muslim and Arab countries, so my question is – how exactly did this incident, which happened in the United States way back in 2018, gain traction and so much widespread attention over there?
More importantly, are these fans supporting him only because they think he’s good-looking? I’ve even seen comments from some of them saying that the victim’s family should get over it because the mom and daughter are already dead anyway. It’s honestly baffling.
Anyway, I’ve said what I want to say. What do YOU think?
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